Times of death in Craigslist murders still unknown

Brooke Slocum and Charles Oppenneer (courtesy photos)

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The death certificates for a murdered couple do not list times of death.

Brady Oestrike, 31, and 18-year-old Brooke Slocum met on Craigslist, police say, and along with Slocum’s 25-year-old boyfriend Charles Oppenneer agreed to meet at Gezon Park in Wyoming on the night of July 12 for sex.

Oestrike then killed Oppenneer at the park, police say.

Brady Oestrike (Undated photo)
(An undated photo of Brady Oestrike.)

Oppenneer’s cause of death remains uncertain. Authorities say he sustained a trauma to the head that killed him — but the nature of that trauma is unknown because he was decapitated after death and his head has not yet been recovered.

The cause of death on his death certificate reads “homicide by unspecified means.”

And the certificate does not list a time of death, so it’s unknown precisely when Oppenneer was killed.

After killing Oppenneer, police say, Oestrike held Slocum, who was 8 months pregnant, captive in his Wyoming home for days before killing her.

Slocum’s death certificate says she died of ligature strangulation. That means the killer did not use his hands, but rather an instrument some kind like a cord or rope.

Police have said they believe Slocum was killed July 17, but no time of death is listed on her death certificate, so it’s still not known precisely when.

After her death, Oestrike put Slocum’s body in the trunk of his car. As he left his house, investigators who were in the area awaiting a search warrant for Oestrike’s house called uniformed officers, who attempted a traffic stop.

Instead of pulling over, Oestrike led police on a chase that ended when his car crashed and he killed himself. When officers approached his car, they discovered his body and Slocum’s body in the trunk.

The cause of death listed on Oestrike’s death certificate was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Time of death was recorded as 9:46 p.m. July 17.

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