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December 12, 2013

Cumberland Police were first sent to 27 Browning on Sept. 8 — at killer’s request

CUMBERLAND — The first time Cumberland Police were called to 27 Browning St. was on Sept. 8 at 12:35 a.m., when Stephen Schleuniger requested police to come to his home.

“The officer responded and spoke to Mr. Schleuniger in regards to some concerns he had regarding his girlfriend, Lisa Simmons. He advised that they had an argument on Friday and he had not heard from her since. He advised that she had walked away from the residence and left her cell phone behind so he was not able to reach her and was concerned,” said Capt. Greg Leake, Cumberland Police operations supervisor.

Schleuniger later confessed to killing Simmons the night of Sept. 5 and was convicted of second-degree murder after leading police to the location of her body.

“We were called back to the residence on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at 11:14 a.m. by Lisa Simmons’ mother due to her missing all weekend and she wanted to file a missing persons report at that time since this was unusual for Lisa to disappear like this. This investigation led us to where we are today with the case,” said Leake.

Cumberland Police said there is no history of calls to the residence and any interaction between Schleuniger and Simmons with regard to domestic violence issues.

“As far as Cumberland Police Department’s response, our officers responded when dispatched to the residence and conducted the appropriate investigations given the circumstances they were told at the various times of the calls,” Leake said.

“During the missing persons investigation it came to light that a neighbor had contacted dispatch (911 center) on Thursday (Sept. 5) or Friday (Sept. 6); however, no police were dispatched and the call was vetted by the dispatch on duty.

“Mr. (Roger) Bennett (911 chief) was contacted about this to handle on his end.”

Leake said the department expressed its concern over the matter so that the police department will routinely be notified of any and all calls where officers may be needed to respond.

Jeffrey Alderton may be contacted at jlalderton@times-news.com.

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