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Information From Murder Suspect Leads to Discovery of Brooke Wilberger's RemainsSalem-News.com
As a part of the plea agreement, the Benton County District Attorney was able to obtain information necessary to locate and recover Brooke Wilberger's remains.
(CORVALLIS, Ore.) - On May 24, 2004, Brooke Wilberger was abducted by Joel Courtney who subsequently murdered her. Despite extensive efforts, Brooke Wilberger's remains were not recovered during the course of the criminal investigation.
Joel Courtney was charged with the Aggravated Murder of Brooke Wilberger, and the case was set for trial beginning February 2010.
During the interim, the Benton County District Attorney's Office engaged in efforts to resolve the case with an emphasis on justice, along with the recovery and return of Brooke Wilberger's remains to her family.
Throughout the past several weeks, the Benton County District Attorney participated in a series of settlement conferences aimed at reaching a resolution within these parameters.
As a result, on September 21, 2009, following a change of venue to Marion County Circuit Court, Joel Patrick Courtney entered a plea of guilty to the charge of Aggravated Murder, and was sentenced to prison for life with no possibility of release.
As a part of the plea agreement, the Benton County District Attorney was able to obtain information necessary to locate and recover Brooke Wilberger's remains. In response, a multi-agency investigative team initiated a search and subsequently located Brooke Wilberger's remains.
The resolution of this case and the recovery of Brooke Wilberger's remains would not have been possible without the support and collaborative efforts of Governor Ted Kulongoski, Attorney General John Kroger, and various federal, state and local agencies.
A press conference will be held today at 4:00 p.m. at the Corvallis/Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis, Oregon. No statements will be issued prior to the press conference.
Here are previous Salem-News.com stories on Brooke Wilberger and the suspect Joel Courtney:
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