Kenosha woman's death ruled a homicide; person of interest found dead in Chicago

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KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Police announced Wednesday night, Sept. 8, they're no longer looking for a person of interest in the case of a Kenosha woman found dead in her home. Authorities say Janine Sznitko's death has now been ruled a homicide. 

Police say the suspect was found dead in Chicago.

Neighbors identified Roberto Andino as the woman's ex-boyfriend. They say he seemed to be staying with the victim for months, until recently. That's about the time a friend says the victim sent a chilling message.

Sznitko reportedly told her friend she was dealing with some major personal issues.

The message reads, "If anything ever happens to me, please tell the cops to look into Roberto Andino."

She goes on to say, "I have my gun, but really don't want to use it other than at a gun range."

Neighbors describe the few interactions they had with Andino as strange.

"I've met him a couple of times, yeah. She was dating him for a few weeks, months, something like that," Jordan Quist, a neighbor, said. "Then, just out of nowhere, she was like, 'Yeah, don't talk to Roberto,' and 'I can't really go into detail,' and then..."

"I always had a weird feeling about him, but he seemed nice," Quist said.

Police found Sznitko dead in her home on 29th Avenue on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

The case was quickly labeled suspicious.

Sznitko's 2021 Kia was missing, along with her gun. Evidence techs spend a second full day at the crime scene.

"A very young, seemingly happy lady... just ruthless and no need for it," said neighbor Karen Bowman.

One neighbor, David Rogers, said he spoke to Andino this past weekend.

"Even coming up to me, asking me for a job when I had never talked to him. I thought that was weird," Rogers said. "After that, he walked away, I walked away, and next thing I knew, the cops were here."

Rogers said he last saw his neighbor on Saturday night.

"She was the nicest person ever," Rogers said. "She'd walk by and just be like, 'Hey,' with her dog, and that was it."

Twenty-four hours after Kenosha police made the gruesome discovery, they say Roberto Andino was located in Chicago dead.

"I'm devastated," said friend Caitlin Hansome. "I'm heartbroken. I'm gonna miss her so much."

For five years, Caitlin Hansome's been a close friend.

"Janine, she went by J-Nine, she was really fun, really cool."

Hansome saw the couple together this summer, often outside sitting by a firepit, but she sensed something was off.

"It seemed like a strange match. I mean every time I've seen them talking she seemed kind of annoyed, but I never heard from her that she was scared. I believe our neighbors, that she was. I'm devastated."

We also know Chicago police were called to a north side motel Wednesday for a suspect in a Kenosha homicide. 

Police haven't released the name of the man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound there, but they did say he was 52 years old. We also know that Roberto Andino was 52.

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