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Skeletal Remains in Monroe County Identified

  • Written by Monroe County Sheriff's Office
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On 11/23/2018 at around 3:40pm, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received a report of skeletal
remains which were located in a wooded area in the Township of Clifton near County Highway W.

The remains were located by a subject while hunting in the area.
The Sheriff’s Office has since been able to ID the remains as those of Jose Juan Zuniga-Jimenez.
The following is a timeline of our investigation.
November 23, 2018 - Skeletal remains were located by hunter near 19468 CTH W Clifton, WI. The
area where the remains were located was on a steep hillside.
November 24, 2018 to November 26 , 2018 – Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the WI
State Crime Lab Technicians to locate, document and recover any additional bones and evidence
from the scene. The skeletal remains were taken to UW Hospital in Madison for a forensic autopsy.
The cause of death at this time is undetermined. Further evidence however was collected from
autopsy and was sent to the crime lab for DNA testing.
November 25, 2018 - Investigators were made aware of an abandoned vehicle that had been located
in 2016 a short distance from where the remains were found. Investigators were able to find the
following information reference to that vehicle.
Vehicle history-
April 20, 2016 - A deputy responded to a vehicle near 32220 CTH A Clifton, WI. Keys were left in the
ignitions and grass growing up around the vehicle as if it had been there for a number of weeks or
months. Deputies were unable to make contact the vehicles owner and it was deemed abandoned.
The vehicle was later towed and salvaged. The vehicle had been parked approximately 2700 feet
(about half a mile) over a hill and through a wooded area from where the remains were located.
May 2, 2016 – The vehicle was reported stolen out of Sparta. The vehicle’s owner has been out of the
country at the time and was not aware his vehicle was stolen until he returned. The vehicle owner
believed that his roommate, who was Jose Juan Zuniga-Jimenez may have used the vehicle and
made comments of taking the vehicle to skip an upcoming court date.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
112 S. Court Street, Rm. 500
Sparta, Wisconsin 54656
Phone (608) 269-2117
Fax (608) 269-8889

History of contact with Jose-
March 31, 2016 -A domestic was reported to Elroy Police Department involving Jose Juan Zuniga
Jimenez and Juana Garica. Jose and Juana were married, but separated. Jose fled the scene prior to
law enforcement’s arrival.

Additional Follow-up-
January 8, 2019 - Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received Wisconsin Criminal Laboratory findings
report that DNA was obtained from the remains and that DNA profile was entered into CODIS
(Combined DNA Index System) for a one time search.
January 11, 2019 - Contact was made with Juana. Juana had not seen or heard from Jose Juan
since the domestic in March 2016. Juana advised Jose drove off in a vehicle that was similar to the
one that was abounded near co Hwy A. DNA was obtained from the two children that Jose and
Juana shared and was sent to the WI State crime lab for DNA comparison
On January 22, 2019 - Investigators received WI Crime Lab Finings report indicating the 1-time
search of the DNA obtained from the remains were matched to a WI offender identified as Jose
March 1, 2019- Investigators received WI Crime Lab Finings report confirmed the DNA from the
remains and the children of Jose and Juana, supported a parent/child relationship and the family was
Our investigative team was assisted throughout the investigation by the Monroe County Joint
Investigative Task Force, Department of Justice Crime lab, UW Hospital in Madison, Monroe County
Medical Examiner, Wisconsin State Patrol, Monroe County Sheriff’s Reserves, and Monroe County
911 communication center.
Anyone who may have additional information reference to this case is urged to contact the Monroe
County Sheriff’s Office.


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