Bellevue murder suspect charged

George Stephen "Steve" Burch (Photo source: Brown Co. Jail)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The suspect in a Bellevue homicide is formally charged.

George Stephen "Steve" Burch is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Nicole VanderHeyden. The 31-year-old VanderHeyden's body was found near a field in Bellevue May 21.

According to the criminal complaint, she had been out with her friends and her boyfriend the night before at a concert in Howard.

The complaint goes on to say, VanderHeyden and her boyfriend got into an argument, and she left with friends to go to a different bar, on Broadway Street in Green Bay.

According to friends, she was intoxicated and upset and left the bar alone.

The next day, when she didn't return home, VanderHeyden's boyfriend reported her missing.

Investigators say VanderHeyden died from blunt force trauma to the head, and strangulation.

Court Documents show DNA was found on several parts of her body, clothing and other evidence found near her home.

Investigators say they were able to match that DNA to Burch.

Once investigators matched the DNA, Burch's name was plugged into a database.

Investigators then discovered Burch was questioned in connection with a hit-and-run in June.

During that June investigation, Burch gave officers permission to extract his phone data, which included his phone coordinates.

Using that information investigators looked at where Burch's phone was the night of VanderHeyden's murder.

Investigators say using that information, they were able to place Burch near the bar VanderHeyden was last seen, as well as near her home, and near the field where she was found dead.

The criminal complaint does not mention any witnesses seeing Burch with VanderHeyden, nor does it offer a motive for her death.

Burch is due back in court Sept. 30. He continues to be held on a $2 million cash bond.

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