Elgin Teen Beaten To Death With Baseball Bat

7:02 PM, Dec 15, 2006   |    comments
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(Elgin) - "A person that's capable of doing that is capable of doing most anything," said Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill, who was stunned by the brutal murder of 19-year-old Josh Zoch. He was discovered at his home around 6:30 PM Wednesday, by his girlfriend, who was concerned when he wouldn't answer her calls all day. "Appeared that someone had gone through the house, gone through all the drawers, turned the matresses over as if they were looking for something," said Sheriff McCaskill. But nothing from the house was missing. Found, however, was Zoch lying dead on the floor. "The pathologist told us he died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head," said Sheriff McCaskill. Investigators believe a baseball bat found at the house was the killer's weapon of choice. "When someone beats someone to death with a baseball bat, you have got to really hate that individual or you're very scared of getting caught for what you have done and, like I say, there appears to be nothing taken from the house so we would have to say that this was a crime of passion," said Sheriff McCaskill, meaning that the two had to have known each other, which is why he doesn't think the man responsible is roaming the streets looking to strike again. Zoch's girlfriend told News19 that she wants people to know he was a good person, he worked hard and he always took care of her. The two have been together for three years and met at Ridgeview High School. If you know anything about Zoch's murder, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-559-TIPS.

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