Family members are seeking more than $100,000 from the estate of a woman suspected of killing and dismembering her husband before she committed suicide in northwest Indiana, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.
Milan Lekich, 51, was found in October 2014 inside his garage in the Hegewisch neighborhood on the Southeast Side, sources told the Sun-Times in November that year. The electrician’s dismembered body, wrapped in plastic and a blanket, was found in the garage after he was missing for more than a year. Investigators determined he was shot multiple times and his death was ruled a homicide.
Lekich’s mother and two sisters are seeking more than $100,000 from the estate of his wife, Teresa D. Jarding, according to the wrongful death suit.
Jarding, 49, married Lekich in March 2013, according to court records. Jarding was in the process of divorcing her former husband, Nicholas Jarding, when she married Lekich in Las Vegas. Three months later Lekich went missing, Chicago Police said.
Jarding was found Sept. 24, 2014 at her Fowler, Indiana home near death with an un-fired gun by her side, authorities said. She died the next day and her death was ruled a suicide by drug toxicity.
Adding further mystery to the case, Fowler police also found the remains of Jarding’s 68-year-old mother, Nena Metoyer, inside her home, authorities said. Metoyer was shot in the head and her death was ruled a homicide.
Metoyer was missing since August 2014, after coming to Indiana from Florida to take care of her daughter, authorities said.
Chicago Police and Fowler police did not immediately return a request for information regarding the case.