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Veronica Estes

Veronica Estes, left, and Angela McClure pose for a photo taken years ago. Police are investigating the death of Estes, who was found dead Thursday in the 1000 block of North Memorial Drive.

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RACINE — Police have identified a woman who was found dead Thursday morning in the 1000 block of North Memorial Drive.

Racine police on Friday identified the woman as Veronica M. Estes, a 35-year-old Racine resident. Police said that two men, Hurdis Burns and Marco Verdiguel-Huarota, have been arrested on pending felony charges of hiding a corpse in Estes’ death.

Besides traffic violations, Burns has a 2011 conviction for theft of movable property, a 2005 conviction for resisting or obstructing an officer and a 1994 conviction for bail jumping, online records show.

Verdiguel-Huarota faced a 2005 charge for disorderly conduct, but no other convictions than traffic violations.

At about 10:08 a.m. Thursday, police were advised of Estes’ death, which was reportedly suspicious in nature, according to a news release issued Thursday evening.

The Police Department’s Major Crimes Squad was activated and responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

As of Friday morning, the investigation was active and ongoing, police stated.

A ‘sweet girl’

Angela McClure of Racine went to Walden III High School with Estes and described her as a “sweet girl who loved life,” but struggled with her mental health and addiction issues.

“She was always struggling with addictions and was always very up and down with her emotions and moods,” McClure said.

McClure believes that Estes’ death may have been caused by a heroin overdose because she knew that two men that Estes had been associated with are known heroin users.

“She was a beautiful, tortured soul,” McClure said. “I think she self-medicated in the only way she knew how.”

McClure said the last time the two saw each was five years ago.

“She was a beautiful person with a kind soul and a good heart,” McClure said. “She will be missed.”

Police investigators are interested in any additional information that anyone may have about this incident. Any witnesses or citizens with information are urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at 262-635-7756.

Those wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers at 262-636-9330, or text 274637 (CRIMES). Text message should begin with RACS.

“She was a beautiful person with a kind soul and a good heart. She will be missed.” Angela McClure, describing Veronica Estes


Alyssa Mauk covers breaking news and courts. She enjoys hanging out with her daughter, gaming on her XBOX One, comic books and heavy metal music.