brooke wilberger

Who was brooke wilberger? Brooke Carol Wilberger, who was born on February 20, 1985) was a beautiful student from the state of Oregon. Then, she was abducted by someone and found dead The kidnapper was a man named Joel Courtney. She was murdered on May 25, 2006. When she was disappearing, the national media covered it. Her disappearance became one of the most publicized murder investigation in Oregon history.

Brooke wilberger had three sisters and two brothers. Described as a devout Mormon, Wilberger was a graduate of Elmira High School near Eugene, Oregon. She had just completed her freshman year at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah at the time of her abduction. At the time of her abduction, her boyfriend, Justin Blake, was serving as a Mormon missionary in Venezuela.

Wilberger was abducted from Corvallis, Oregon on the morning of May 24, 2004 by Joel Patrick Courtney. He drove her into the woods outside of town. He returned to town to buy food while he still had Brooke bound in his van. He kept her alive throughout the night before raping her the next morning. He bludgeoned her to death when she tried to fight off the rape. At the time of her disappearance, she was on summer break, visiting and working for one of her sisters in Corvallis. She was last seen cleaning lamp posts in the parking lot of the Oak Park Apartments on the edge of the Oregon State University campus, which her sister and brother-in-law managed. 

When Wilberger disappeared, the police began investigating immediately – against normal procedure, which would typically allow a few days in case the person vanished by their own choice. The Wilbergers' church organized a search by citizens of Corvallis.

Wilberger's remains were found on September 21, 2009, more than five years after she disappeared. The man accused of her murder, Joel Courtney, revealed the location of her remains as part of a plea agreement. He pleaded guilty to aggravated murder (the only crime subject to capital punishment in Oregon) and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


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