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20 years later, Peggy Lynn Johnson has a proper headstone

CALEDONIA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A woman who was murdered in 20 years ago, now has a proper headstone in Racine County. A ceremony was held for Peggy Lynn Johnson at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery in Caledonia on Wednesday, Dec. 18. 

For two decades Peggy was unidentified and her grave stone read “Jane Doe." It was replaced with a brand new one with her name, “Peggy Lynn Johnson-Schroeder.”

In 1999, Peggy was killed at 23 years old, and her remains were found in the Town of Raymond. With the help of DNA and a tip the Racine County Sheriff’s Office finally identified Peggy’s remains this November.

A Florida woman was arrested in connection to her death.

The Racine County Sheriff said it's a sad but proud day. 

"We’re happy that we’re finally able to identify her. I couldn’t imagine if that was my daughter having her be here with a piece of paper that says her name on it. There’s no dignity, no respect to that. This was something that was important to our entire organization, our entire agency, and the entire community for that matter," said Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling. 

Sheriff Schmaling said they will be moving Peggy to her final resting place in Illinois, to be next to her mother’s grave on March 4, 2020.

They are asking for donations to help with the cost of the grave stone and moving her to Illinois.

The timeliness of engraving Peggy’s headstone has been possible due to the generosity and assistance of:

  • Gary and Michael Langendorf of Draeger Langendorf Funeral Home
  • Jim Anspaugh of Myers Racine Monument Works

Donations to assist in the cost of Peggy’s headstone, along with her mother’s (Diane Schroeder) headstone, would be greatly appreciated and can be made payable to the following:

Draeger Langendorf Funeral Home
Attn: Peggy Johnson-Schroeder Burial
4600 County Line Rd.
Racine, WI 53403

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