Jose Luis Flores Aca of Plover was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree sexual assault that resulted in the death of a human and one count of hiding a corpse in connection with the death of a Plover woman at his initial appearance in Circuit Court Branch 1 Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Judge Thomas B. Eagon continued bond in the amount of $1 million and set a preliminary hearing for Wednesday, Sept. 11.
All three charges are felonies, which could earn Flores Aca life in prison if he is convicted.
Portage County District Attorney Louis J. Molepske Jr. released the criminal complaint, detailing the police investigation against Flores Aca on Tuesday.
According to the complaint, the investigation started after Jamie Koch’s car was found by Duane Domask smoldering on the edge of his farm in the town of Harrison in Waupaca County Wednesday, Aug. 7.
Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Goerlinger responded to the call and found a burned body of a female on the floor in the back seat of a car.
The complaint says Goerlinger checked the car’s license plate and found it was registered to Jamie Koch’s deceased father, the complaint says, with authorities subsequently learning that Jamie Koch had been operating the vehicle.
The complaint said authorities went to conduct a welfare check on Koch at her residence but didn’t receive any response from knocking on her apartment door, so they called the landlord who let them in.
The complaint said investigators found an empty apartment with blood stains, indicating a struggle had occurred. When they searched further into Koch’s residence they found clumps of hair and more traces of blood, the complaint said.