Ex-cop tied to suitcase deaths had been accused of stalking multiple women

By: AP
By: AP

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) -- UPDATE: Records show the suspect in the deaths of two women whose bodies were stuffed into suitcases dumped along a rural Wisconsin highway had been accused of stalking multiple women and resigned his job as a police officer to avoid discipline.

Fifty-two-year-old Steven Zelich is charged with two counts of hiding a corpse. Authorities say he is a suspect in the deaths, though no homicide charges have been filed.

Records obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press show Zelich resigned from the West Allis Police Department in August 2001 to avoid a public hearing or charges of unbecoming conduct and abuse of position, among other things.

Several women told police Zelich pestered them for dates and used his position to get their home numbers and other personal information.
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WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) -- Newly released records show that a former Wisconsin police officer charged with dumping two bodies stuffed into suitcases along a highway had a lengthy disciplinary record, including three suspensions and four reprimands.

Fifty-two-year-old Steven Zelich is charged with two counts of hiding a corpse in Walworth County. Authorities say he's also a suspect in the women's deaths, although no homicide charges have been filed.

Zelich worked for the West Allis Police Department from February 1989 until he resigned in August 2001.

Records obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press show he was suspended twice in 2001 for lying -- for 20 days in May and two days in April.

He also received a one-day suspension in 1996 for failing to report an accident in which he was involved while on duty.


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