Police mum on Craigslist connection to murders

Brooke Slocum and Charles Oppenneer (courtesy photos)
Brooke Slocum and Charles Oppenneer (courtesy photos)

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Wyoming police say they’re looking into what role Craigslist played in connection to what they’re calling a triple murder and suicide.

Police Friday said they didn’t want to go into further detail about the online interaction for fear of jeopardizing the ongoing investigation into the murders of Charlie Oppenneer, 25, and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Brooke Slocum, who was 8 months pregnant at the time of her death. Her baby did not survive.

Brady Oestrike (undated photo)
(Brady Oestrike (undated photo)

Brady Oestrike, 31, is the suspect in the murders. Thursday night, he led police on a chase which ended in a crash on a US-131 overpass. Investigators said he fatally shot himself after the crash.

Friday, 24 Hour New 8 uncovered several ads online that appear to match Oppenneer and Slocum.

Wyoming police said they confiscated Slocum’s computer during their investigation and found conversations that started because of Craigslist which ultimately led police to Oestrike.

Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody said Friday there’s a danger to that type of activity.

“We want to tell people to be extremely careful about who they speak to on these Internet sites,” Carmody said. “Anybody can be anybody behind a computer screen.”

24 Hour News 8 is working to get more information in the investigation. Updates will be posted at woodtv.com.

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