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Identity of cold case victim to be released

UPDATE (WKOW) — A woman now living in Florida has been arrested in the brutal 1999 homicide of a woman who had been unidentified until recently.

Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling today identified Peggy Lynn Johnson, who was 23 at the time, as the victim found dead on July 21, 1999.

Linda LaRoche, a registered nurse in McHenry Illinois at the time, was arrested Tuesday in Cape Coral, Florida, by Racine County Sheriff’s Office detectives.

Over the years, Johnson’s DNA was submitted for genealogical DNA testing and her body was exhumed for chemical isotope testing conducted by the Smithsonian Institution, Schmaling said at a Friday morning news conference.

It was only recently that investigators developed information that led to Johnson’s identification.

Since then, investigators have learned that Johnson, 18 at the time and cognitively impaired, was on her own after he mother died.

She sought help at a medical clinic in McHenry, Illinois. where she met LaRoche, a registered nurse.

Police say LaRoche recognized Johnson’s disability and took Johnson into her home, where she spent the last five years of her life.

It was there that Johnson suffered horrific abuse at the hands of LaRoche until she was killed in 1999.

LaRoche has waived extradition and is on her way back in Racine County.


RACINE COUNTY (WKOW) — After 20 years, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office will release the name of a woman killed.

She was found dead in a cornfield in Raymond and has only been known as “Jane Doe.”

According to WISN 12 News, the sheriff will also give the name of the person they have in custody for her death.

He added, the case has strong ties to a northwest Chicago suburb.

A press conference is scheduled for Friday morning.

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