Female nurse, 63, is arrested after & beaten to death woman with intellectual disability & # 39; whose battered body was found 20 years ago in a corn field
- Linda Laroche was charged with the murder of 23-year-old Peggy Lynn Johnson, whose corpse was dumped in a cornfield in Wisconsin in 1999.
- Johnson, who was buried as a & # 39; Jane Doe & # 39 ;, appeared to have suffered from & # 39; significant injuries & # 39; and was & # 39; brutalized & # 39; in many ways
- Her case got cold, but researchers continued to work to identify the woman and learned her identity just weeks ago. That led them to Laroche
- Laroche was arrested earlier this week in Florida, where she lived and will be extradited to Wisconsin to face justice
A 63-year-old nurse was arrested in the brutal death of a murder, a young, mentally retarded woman whose remains were dumped into a cornfield in Wisconsin 20 years ago, the authorities said.
Linda Laroche was charged with the murder of 23-year-old Peggy Lynn Johnson from McHenry, Wisconsin, said racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling at a press conference on Friday.
Laroche was arrested earlier this week in Cape Coral, Florida, on charges of first-degree intentional murder and hiding a corpse in the murder of Johnson, who until now has been buried as a & # 39; Jane Doe & # 39 ;.
Linda Laroche (pictured on an undated photo from Lee County, Florida, Sheriff & # 39; s Office) was charged with the death of 23-year-old Peggy Lynn Johnson from McHenry, Wisconsin in 1999, according to authorities.
A composite image of 23-year-old Peggy Lynn Johnson from McHenry, Wisconsin, is pictured. Her remains were dumped 20 years ago in a cornfield in Wisconsin, the authorities said
Peggy Johnson, buried as a & # 39; Jane Doe & # 39 ;, appeared to have suffered from & # 39; significant injuries & # 39; and was “bruised” in many ways, ”says Racine County, Wisconsin, Sheriff Christopher Schmaling at a press conference on Friday.
The Johson case became cold, but investigators continued to identify the woman, whose remains were found in a corn field in Raymond, about 40 miles outside of McHenry.
The years of investigation then came across information that helped authorities identify the victim, which then led them to Laroche, the sheriff said.
Authorities did not say what Johnson's mental disability was, and it was unclear whether La Roche, who lived in Florida, was still working as a nurse.
The sheriff said that Laroche has renounced extradition and will return to Wisconsin to face the charges against her.
& # 39; We are angry at the senseless and brutal murder of this young woman and we want to serve justice & # 39 ;, Schmaling said at the press conference.
Johnson and Laroche met in a hospital in McHenry, where the nurse worked in the 1990s. The young woman had gone there to seek help after her mother's death, Schmaling said.
She then moved to Laroche and the two lived together for the last five years of Johnson & # 39; s life.
She had never been reported missing and found & # 39; significant injury & # 39; and has been & # 39; in many ways & # 39; "Brutalized" when her body was found on July 21, 1999, Schmaling said.
& # 39; All of us who have investigated the deaths of individuals in our careers have seen many disturbing things. The extreme barbaric cruelty inflicted on this young woman, however, is something that none of us will ever forget, "he added.
Her body was dug up in 2013 when the technology was sufficiently advanced to identify her. She was placed back on earth two years later. The information that helped the authorities identify her was only developed a few weeks ago.
& # 39; This is a day of mixed emotions ladies and gentlemen for all of us in this room & # 39 ;, said the sheriff at the press conference, which was attended by law enforcement officers, community members and journalists who spread the story over the years had been treated.
& # 39; Today we are also very proud of the fact that we can actually offer some closing and some rest & # 39 ;, the sheriff added.
A Facebook post from Racine County, Wisconsin, Sheriff Christopher Schmaling's office expresses gratitude for someone who has the reference & # 39; Jane Doe & # 39; mentioned earlier on Peggy Lynn Johnson's grave, with signs that called her for the first time
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