Brady Oestrike is suspected of murdering a teenager, who was eight months pregnant, and decapitating her boyfriend in a stocking story out of Michigan.
It all started with a Craigslist sex ad gone horribly, horribly wrong.
According to law enforcement officials, Brooke Slocum, 18, connected with Oestrike through a Craigslist sex ad placed earlier this month.
Slocum and her boyfriend, Charles Oppenneer, left her Grand Rapids apartment to meet Oestrike, 31, in a park in Wyoming, Mich., late on July 12.
A few days later, police investigating Oppenneer’s abandoned car terrifyingly found his headless body in the park and declared Slocum missing.
Scouring Slocum’s Internet history, officials zeroed in on Brady Oestrike, an electrical lineman, and executed a search warrant for his home.
Oestrike fled and eventually crashed his vehicle.
The perpetrator then shot and killed himself before he could be apprehended by the authorities; Slocum’s body was discovered in his trunk.
Investigators have since recovered materials from Oestrike’s residence, suggesting that he held Brooke Slocum captive before murdering her.
A number of assault-style weapons were also on the premises.
On Monday of this week, Slocum’s family spoke on the tragedy.
“We want to express our extreme love for Brooke ... and Audi (Slocum’s unborn daughter), the truly innocent creation that was already so loved."
"We have no doubt that they are now dancing with Jesus.”
“Yes, Brooke had made previous mistakes within the world that is online, including those that led to her involvement… in this situation."
"Yes," the family added, they "tried to curtail, inform, protect and advise against the evils that this tragedy has brought forward."
"But God gave each of us free will, and that is something that no one can control. The secret part of Brooke’s life that none of us knew about is a testament to that.”