Body of Missing Brenna Machus Found in Woods Not Far from Her Work at Family Dollar Store Where She was Abducted


Just terrible new to report in the case of missing Brenna Machus …

The body of 20 year old Brenna Machus was found in the woods on the bank of a river about a couple of miles east of the Family Dollar store where she was abducted and her coworker was fatally shot in the head. Brenna Machus went missing on Monday, July 15, 2013 after an apparent robbery at the Family Dollar in Dearborn, Michigan. Her fellow employee Joseph Orlando was found dead in the store. The store’s surveillance video captured images of the suspect, who waved as he walked into the Family Dollar store Monday night. The  police hope that someone will recognizes the suspect caught on video. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday at the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said a 911 call led investigators about 8 a.m. Thursday to a wooded area between the northbound Southfield Freeway service drive and Michigan Avenue, where Machus’ body was discovered.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday at the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office, a spokeswoman said.

Orlando, 20, was found dead in the store by employees arriving for work Tuesday. The store was in disarray and there was no sign of Machus, but her car was parked in the store parking lot.

Orlando died from a gunshot wound to the head and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office, a spokeswoman said.

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At the 1:16 mark of the VIDEO below shows the Family Dollar store surveillance video where a man walks into the store the night that Joseph Orlando was shot dead and  Brenna Machus was abducted. The individual arrives shortly before 7:30 pm. on Monday.

If anyone has any information on these two terrible crimes, please come forward and tell what ever you might know.  Tips on the case can be left anonymously with Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAK UP. The reward for tips leading to the arrest of Machus’ killer has been increased to $12,500. The cash reward for the homicide of Joseph Orlando is up to $2,500. Anyone with information also can contact Dearborn Police at (313) 943-2241.

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  • Comments

    3 Responses to “Body of Missing Brenna Machus Found in Woods Not Far from Her Work at Family Dollar Store Where She was Abducted”

    1. john on July 19th, 2013 12:25 am

      It appears to be a ni(edit)a. Go figure.
      SM: easy, keep it classy.

    2. A Texas Grandfather on July 19th, 2013 8:56 am

      Working retail in a small store is becoming more and more dangerous. Especially is this true in cities where large numbers of people are out of work.

      We have a whole class of people who have not learned to behave themselves. This is a prime example of such behavior.

    3. Sully101 on July 19th, 2013 6:11 pm

      How sad that these 2 young people who were trying to make a living suffered this fate. To those idiot congressmen who have worn hoodies to protest George Zimmerman: please look at the tape of the killer. Looks like a hoodie to me.

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