UPDATE: Trial Date Set in July for Plover Murder Suspect

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UPDATE: Thurs 5:38 PM, Dec. 5, 2013

A trial date has now been set for a 32-year-old Plover man accused of brutally killing his neighbor and hiding her body in a burning car in Waupaca County.

The body of Jamie Koch, 36, was discovered in her burned vehicle in the Waupaca County Town of Harrison, near Iola on August 7.

Jose Luis Flores Aca is charged with 1st degree intentional homicide, 1st degree sexual assault, and hiding a corpse.

The eight-day trial is scheduled to begin July 9.

UPDATE: Tues 5:12 PM, Sept. 3, 2013

The suspect in the murder of a Plover woman originally admitted guilt during an initial interview with investigators, according to court documents.

The suspect, Jose Luis Flores Aca, 32, told officers between the late hours August 6 and early morning of August 7 he was in the hallway of his apartment talking loudly when his neighbor, Jamie Koch, opened her door and invited him in to talk. Flores said he at first said no, but then did go in.

Flores Aca said Koch grabbed his arm and wanted him to come further into her apartment. He said that happened twice more and he became mad and punched her. According to the criminal complaint, he said he then strangled her until she stopped breathing. Flores Aca said he “freaked out” and dragged her body to her car. Flores Aca then told investigators he drove her body to Waupaca County and parked the car in a field. He then said he stuffed a rag into the gas tank fill area and lit it on fire.

Flores Aca told investigators he spotted a nearby farm where he used to work and decided to walk to it. Once there, he was able to get a ride back to Plover from the son of a former co-worker.

The location of the body is what helped investigators make an arrest in the case.

Police learned that several people lived in the apartment across from Jamie Koch, and some of them worked at farms in Waupaca County.

Investigators made contact with a farmer in Iola and asked if he had information about the case. He said around 5 a.m. On August 7, a former employee, later identified Jose Luis Flores Aca, arrived at the farm on foot needing a ride back to Plover. Flores Aca said he borrowed a car from a friend, but it had broken down. (It should be noted this is not the same farmer that discovered Koch's burned car)

The criminal complaint states Jamie Koch, 36, died from ligature strangulation-- being strangled by a rope-like item.

Flores Aca also admitted to sexually assaulting the woman.

During the investigation a motive was not identified, but Flores Aca said he was upset that night because his ex-girlfriend would not answer her phone. He also said he was in a traffic accident two-three years prior and hasn't been able to control his temper since.

Flores Aca is due in court next Wednesday to learn if his case will head to trial.

UPDATED: Tue 11:40 AM, Sept 03, 2013

Charges have now been filed against a Plover man accused of killing his neighbor and leaving her body in Waupaca County.

Online court records show Jose Luis Flores Aca will be charged with 1st degree intentional homicide, 1st degree sexual assault, and hiding a corpse.

His initial appearance has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

He remains in the Portage County Jail on a $1 M cash bond.

UPDATED: Mon 10:21 PM, Sept 02, 2013

A 32-year-old Plover man is expected to be charged Tuesday with homicide.

Authorities are recommending Jose Luis Flores Aca be charged with 1st degree reckless homicide, 1st degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse, hiding a corpse, and sexual assault.

Flores Aca is accused of killing Jamie Koch, 36, on August 7 and hiding her body in burned vehicle in Waupaca County.

UPDATE: Tues 2:56 PM, Aug 12, 2013

Bond has been set at $1 million for Jose Luis Flores Aca, 32. Flores Aca is a suspect in an ongoing homicide investigation in Portage County.

Aca Flores is expected to be charged with first degree reckless homicide, first degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse, hiding a corpse, and sexual assault during his next court appearance on September 3.

The body of Jamie Koch, 36, was discovered in burned vehicle in the Waupaca County Town of Harrison, near Iola.

Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel said a 36-year-old man was arrested on August 8 in connection to the case. According to a Stevens Point newspaper, Jose Luis Flores Aca was later identified as a suspect in the case.

Koch's cause of death has not yet been released.

UPDATE: Mon 4:35 PM, Aug 12, 2013

A Department of Justice spokesperson said a 32-year-old man currently in custody in connection to the death of 36-year-old Plover woman is expected to appear in Portage County Court Tuesday for bond hearing.

Jose Luis Flores was arrested on August 8 in Portage County in connection to the homicide investigation.

The DOJ said more details will not be released until the criminal complaint is filed.

The bond hearing has been scheduled for 1 p.m

UPDATED: Fri 5:43 PM, Aug 09, 2013

The Portage County Sheriff's Department has released the name of suspect in a homicide case, according to the Stevens Point Journal.

The sheriff's department said Jose Luis Flores, 32, is facing charges of
first degree reckless homicide and hiding a corpse. The VINE network, an online service which notifies victims and families when perpetrator is released from jail or prison, confirms Flores is in custody in the Portage County Jail.

According to online court records no charges have been file and a court date has not been set.

UPDATE: Fri 2:22 PM, Aug 09, 2013

Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel tells NewsChannel 7 one person was arrested late Thursday evening in Portage County in connection to a homicide case. In a press release, the Department of Justice said the individual was booked into the Portage County Jail on tentative charges of first degree reckless homicide and hiding a corpse.

Sheriff Hardel said the victim was found in her car, which had been burned, in Waupaca County.

The DOJ said the victim is 36-year-old Jamie Koch, of Plover. Online court records list Koch as living in the apartment complex which has been a focus of the investigation.

The relationship between the suspect and the Koch has not yet been released.

More information will not be released until Monday.

ORIGINAL STORY: Thur 2:21 PM, Aug 08, 2013

The Department of Justice said in a news release Thursday morning they are investigating the death of a 36-year-old woman.

According to the release, at 11:12 am Wednesday morning, the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate what was reported to be a burned vehicle, located in a field in the Town of Harrison. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies discovered the body of a deceased woman inside of the vehicle.

The vehicle was first discovered by a farmer who was working near the crime scene. The farmer's nephew says his uncle did all the right things to help investigators.

"He was just driving through to one of our cornfields and saw a car parked and he saw it smoldering. He checked it out and decided to call the cops on it." says Chris Domask.

An autopsy to determine a cause of death is pending; however, investigators consider the death a homicide. The DOJ said the victim is woman from Plover. Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel tells WFRV-TV an autopsy was being performed Thursday morning.

The woman's identity is not being released at this time.

Investigators have not said what role a Plover apartment complex played in the investigation, however the DOJ said the Plover Police Department is assisting them.

Multiple agencies have been at the Chestnut Arms Apartment building since around 7 a.m. Thursday morning. A press release only described the scene as a second location being investigated.

No one is in custody related to this investigation at this time.

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