A Wisconsin woman has been convicted of hiding her boyfriend’s corpse, however the jury could not agree on whether she was guilty of homicide for killing him, according to an Associated Press report.
Douglas Bailey, 51, was found in a box near the “Bridge to Nowhere” off of U.S. 119 in Bell County in December. The 51-year-old was a trucker who was reported missing after he failed to show up for Thanksgiving in Peoria, Illinois.
A Pierce County, Wisconsin jury found Rose Kuehni, 45, guilty on Thursday of hiding Bailey’s corpse, but split on the second-degree homicide charge. Kuehni testified she acted in self-defense in the November shooting after a long history of abuse.
According to an earlier report, it was alleged that she gave the boxed-up body to an acquaintance who allegedly dumped it in Bell County.
A hearing on a retrial is set for Wednesday.
According to a previous report, the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office (Illinois) stated a missing person report was filed on Nov. 30 for Bailey. At the time the report was filed, Bailey was living in Prescott, Wisconsin at 1373 Ash Street. Police were told Bailey was supposed to meet family in the Peoria area for Thanksgiving on Nov. 26 but never arrived. Police said Bailey was possibly dropped off in Peoria County by his girlfriend, 44-year-old Rose M. Kuehni, who resided with him at the Ash Street address.
Officials stated the Peoria County Sheriff’s Investigative Division and the Peoria County Search and Rescue Team performed an extensive search in a rural area in Peoria County on Dec. 2-5. The search revealed no signs or evidence that Bailey was in the area. On Dec. 7, detectives from the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office travelled to Prescott, Wisconsin to further investigate the disappearance of Bailey.
Authorities say as a result of the joint investigation, Kuehni was arrested in Pierce County, Wisconsin, for second-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. Further investigation revealed Bailey was murdered in Prescott, Wisconsin and then transported to Bell County, where his body was found in a box on Industrial Road.
After the determination was made that Bailey was killed in Pierce County, Wisconsin and his body was not in Peoria County, the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office relinquished the investigation to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.