Brooke Slocum, an 18-year-old pregnant woman, and her 25-year-old boyfriend, Charlie Oppenneer, were brutally murdered in Michigan after they allegedly arranged to meet a stranger for paid sex on Craigslist.
Police investigating the murders in Wyoming, Mich., a suburb of Grand Rapids, said the teenagers body was found strangled in the trunk of the suspects car on Thursday, July 17. She was eight months pregnant.
Oppenneers decapitated body had been discovered a day earlier in the park where the victims had reportedly arranged to meet the suspect, 31-year-old Brady Oestrike. Police are unclear about the trauma injury that killed Oppenneer because they have been unable to locate his head which was removed by the suspect.
The suspect, Brady Oestrike, met the couple through an ad Slocum posted on Craigslist offering to have paid sex in the presence of her boyfriend, according to emails obtained by the police. Oestrike fatally shot himself after a police chase.
Oestrike allegedly held Slocum captive for five days at his home in Wyoming. She had been reported missing on July 12. After Oppenneers body was found in the park, police were sent to Oestrikes house. While fleeing from the police, Oestrike crashed his car and then fatally shot himself. It was then that Slocums body was found in the trunk of his car.
Police officers recovered at least 400 items from Oestrikes home, including firearms, ammunition, knives, and electronic monitoring devices, as well as items belonging to the two victims, in what was described as a hellish environment.
Oestrike had a criminal history that included two domestic assault complaints filed by his ex-girlfriend in May and June. She was found to be alive and well.
The police, assisted by the FBI, are now investigating if there are other possible victims of Oestrike.
Slocums family expressed their grief over the death of the teenager and her unborn daughter, Audi, and spoke about her mistakes in the online world.
First and foremost we want to express our extreme love for Brooke and Audi (Slocums unborn daughter), the truly innocent creation that was already so loved, said Rod Knepper, Slocums great-uncle, at the familys press conference. We have no doubt that they are now dancing with Jesus.
He also spoke about Slocums previous mistakes within the world that is online, including those that led to her involvement (with Charles Oppenneer) in this situation.
But God gave each of us free will, and that is something that no one can control, said Knepper. The secret part of Brookes life that none of us knew about is a testament to that.
The family said they wanted others to be aware of the dangers that could affect children on the internet. They also blamed Michigans disturbing and unfathomable laws that determine 17 as the age of adulthood, saying this prevented them from keeping Slocum at home.