By Bill Houston
Racine, WI — A 20-year-old cold case reached its boiling point Friday morning, Nov. 8, when Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling revealed the identity of a woman whose badly beaten body was discovered in a cornfield in the town of Raymond in 1999.
“Jane Doe” has finally been identified as Peggy Lynn Johnson.
Her suspected killer, Linda Sue LaRoche was taken into custody by Racine County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday, Nov. 5 in Cape Coral, FL. She will be brought back to Racine to face at least two felony charges, including first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse.
LaRoche faces life in prison if convicted of the intentional homicide charge.
Read the Criminal Complaint for Linda La Roche.
Born and raised in McHenry, IL, Johnson was 23-years-old at the time of her murder.
According to Schmaling, Johnson was cognitively impaired and living on her own at the age of 18 after her mother died. She went looking for help at a McHenry medical clinic where she met LaRoche, who was working as a registered nurse (RN).
After moving in with LaRoche, LaRoche’s then-husband and three of her five children, Johnson suffered years of chronic physical abuse at the hands of the veteran RN.
After her body was discovered by a passerby walking his dog, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.
We’ll have more details about the investigation over the next hour. Please check back.