Authorities believe homicide occurred in Hudson
Police believe the 19-year-old woman found dead in a car in the parking lot of the St. Croix County Government Center Saturday night was killed there, allegedly by a former boyfriend.
Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen gave reporters some of the details of the investigation his department is handling at a press conference Monday afternoon.
According to Jensen, Kelly Dahm was found dead from multiple gunshots in a car registered to Christopher Ledesma, the Woodbury, Minn. man with whom she had an "on and off-again" relationship with for the past two years.
Jensen said evidence at the scene has led them to believe that Dahm was alive in the vehicle with Ledesma when they arrived at the government center and that he shot her there sometime on Saturday afternoon.
The Hudson police were contacted by Woodbury police investigators Sunday morning to check the government center parking lot for Ledesma's vehicle. That's when they found Dahm.
Jensen said Ledesma was apparently driven back from Hudson after the shooting to Woodbury by a family member. Someone from Ledesma's family contacted Woodbury police and told them he was causing a disturbance and that they wanted him picked up. Once in custody, police found what they believe to be the gun used in the alleged murder.
It is not clear if the family knew or suspected that Ledesma had allegedly killed Dahm when they contacted police.
Ledesma is on probation stemming from a felony conviction for first degree reckless injury in St. Croix County in 1996. He served four years in prison on the charge.
Jensen said Ledesma is married to a woman who lives in the Hudson area but they appear to be separated. Jensen said she has been contacted and is cooperating with police but she is not believed to have been involved in the homicide in any way.
Ledesma is currently being held in the Washington County Jail on weapons charges and a probation violation. Jensen said he expects that Ledesma will be transferred to St. Croix County and charged with the murder of Dahm by the end of the week.
Jensen asked that anyone who might have information on the case or saw anything at or near the government center on Saturday to contact them at (715)386-4771.