Missing Cumberland Woman's Remains Found; Further Details Released in Investigation

Missing Cumberland Woman's Remains Found; Further Details Released in Investigation

"We did not stop that investigation up until yesterday which time Mr. Schleuniger cooperated with us, and provided a statement to us," said Erich M. Bean, the assistant state's attorney at State's Attorney's Office for Allegany County. "That lead us to the Winchester, Virginia area where we were able to recover her body."

WHAG NEWS - We continue to learn more information about a Cumberland homicide investigation. The body of Lisa Simmons was found on Monday, and officials had already charged her live-in boyfriend in her death after she went missing. Investigators say it was the boyfriend who helped lead them to the remains in Winchester, Virginia. 

In September Lisa Simmons was reported missing after she didn't show up at work. A few weeks later investigators found evidence, including her blood inside the home she shared with her boyfriend Stephen Schleuniger. No body was found, but police charged him with murder.

Now a major break in the case, police said a body was found wrapped up in a wooded area near an industrial park in Winchester. 

Despite weeks of set backs, they said it was their prime suspect who helped move this investigation along.

"We did not stop that investigation up until yesterday which time Mr. Schleuniger cooperated with us, and provided a statement to us," said Erich M. Bean, the assistant state's attorney at State's Attorney's Office for Allegany County. "That lead us to the Winchester, Virginia area where we were able to recover her body."

Investigators believe Simmons was murdered at her home in Cumberland, Md., and that Schleuniger brought her body here a few days after. Investigators said Schleuniger is a truck driver in West Virginia, and had knowledge of this area.

"He normally, in the course of his work, traveled I-81 specifically would pick up and drop off different loads in this industrial park," said Bean.

Schleuniger is facing charges murder and assault charges in the case. There are still many questions left unanswered, but at least officials say this will allow the family to give their loved one a proper burial.

"We did meet with them last evening, and relayed the information to them. That we believe we found her body and while it was extremely difficult news to give them, it was difficult for them to hear," said Bean. "I think it did bring some relief to them."

Allegany County officials will have to wait for an official autopsy report before they know for certain that the human remains they found in an industrial area are indeed those of Lisa Simmons.

Schleuniger will be in court December 3, 2013 to determine if he will go to trial or enter into a plea agreement.


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