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Police: Suspect in suitcase death an ex-officer

June 26, 2014
Associated Press

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — West Allis police say the man arrested this week in connection with a Minnesota woman's death was a former West Allis patrol officer who resigned 13 years ago.

Police Chief Charles Padgett said in a statement Thursday the 52-year-old was appointed to his position in 1989. The man worked for 12 years and resigned in 2001.

The statement doesn't elaborate on why the man resigned. Padgett says he's not at liberty to release further details.

The man was arrested Wednesday on charges of hiding a corpse. He's due in court Friday.

Two female bodies were found in separate suitcases on June 5 in the Town of Geneva, some 50 miles southwest of Milwaukee. Police identified one victim as a 37-year-old from Farmington, Minnesota. They're still trying to identify the other.



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