Last night police scheduled a press conference for 2pm today regarding a suspect in custody in the Brooke Wilberger case. For those of you not in Oregon, Brooke was a BYU student visiting her sister in Corvallis at an apartment complex maybe half a mile from my apartment. She was out in the parking lot at 10:15 in the morning on May 24, 2004 when she disappeared, leaving her flip flops behind. Since then there have been posters and bracelets and news pieces everywhere trying to get people with tips to call in. We have a poster of her next to our mailboxes, and I've seen them at the coast too.
Anyway, last night police found Joel Courtney, a guy who was in Corvallis on the 24th and is now being held in Albequerque for kidnapping and raping a foreign exchange student down there. He's being charged with 18 counts of sexual assault and murder, including Brooke's, though they haven't found her body yet.
I was pretty sure she was dead, but it still makes it sad when I know for sure. Poor thing.