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Kris Zocco now charged in 2013 death of Kelly Dwyer

Kris Zocco is now charged in the 2013 death of missing Milwaukee woman Kelly Dwyer. 

Zocco now faces charges of First Degree Reckless Homicide, Hiding a Corpse, and Strangulation and Suffocation. 

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses who had dated Zocco in the past came forward. One stated that during their relationship, Zocco was "very sexually aggressive" and would hold her down so tightly that she couldn't breathe. Another witness stated she was afraid after Zocco used to stalk her after they broke up.

According to the complaint, Kelly Dwyer started dating the defendant in late 2012 or early 2013. Friends of Dwyer's said they saw bruising on Dwyer's neck and wrists after she would spend time with Zocco in the weeks leading up to her disappearance.

According to the criminal complaint, police discovered still images and a video recording taken by Zocco which depicted Dwyer tied up, struggling to breathe, and possibly unconscious.

The criminal complaint states that Dwyer was last seen alive with Zocco on October 11th, shortly before 3 a.m. Video showed the two entering the lobby. Dwyer was never seen leaving the apartment complex and could not have left without being captured on camera.

Following her disappearance, Zocco gave inconsistent and untruthful statements to the Milwaukee Police. According to the complaint, multiple items then go missing from Zocco's apartment and indications of a possible struggle and evidence of an attempt to clean-up were noted. 

In October of 2013, a human remains detection dog, K-9 Molly, detected the odor of human remains on Zocco's bed, in his guest bathroom, the entryway to his apartment, in the trash chute, and in the trunk of his vehicle, among other places.

The complaint then states that given the pattern of K-9 Molly's indications, and what is known about defendant Kris Zocco's history of sexual deviance, one can infer from evidence is that the defendant killed Kelly Dwyer on the bed, either intentionally, or during a highly reckless act of strangulation in a sexual context taken too far.

Further, based on K-9 Molly's indications, it appears that after killing Dwyer, Zocco used the shower curtain to wrap Dwyer's body in. According to the complaint, he then packed her remains into a travel golf bag and loaded it into his trunk. Zocco then allegedly disposed of her body on the dead-end road in Jefferson. Her remains were discovered concealed about 20 feet off of a road in rural Jefferson County on May 1st. 

Based on the evidence, facts, and circumstances, strangulation, suffocation, or asphyxia is the probably cause of death and the manner of death is homicidal. 

According to the complaint, the three and a half year police investigation has ruled out any other possible suspects and no evidence has been discovered to suggest that anyone other than Zocco could have killed Dwyer and disposed of her body. 

Zocco now faces charges of First Degree Reckless Homicide, Hiding a Corpse, and Strangulation and Suffocation. 


To read the full criminal complaint, see below.
Warning: Graphic Details.

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