DEARBORN (WWJ/AP) – Authorities say a woman who was abducted from a Family Dollar store in metro Detroit was shot in the head.
An autopsy was performed Friday by the Wayne County medical examiner’s office, one day after 20-year-old Brenna Machus’ body was discovered in a wooded area near the Southfield Freeway and Michigan Avenue — less than two miles from the Dearborn store where she worked as an assistant manager.
Machus disappeared late Monday, the same night her 20-year-old co-worker Joseph Orlando was killed in the store. Reports say Orlando was shot in the head, execution style.
Machus’ brother, Ryan, who described his sister as “bright” and “a fighter,” said it’s believed there was an altercation behind the store and that Machus opened the door to check it out, “…and that’s all we know,” he said, adding that several people had recently been fired from the Family Dollar store, making him suspect the crime was some sort of inside job.
Dearborn police are searching for a suspect who entered the store wearing dark clothes and a hood over his head, making his identity very hard to determine. Police are looking for tips from anyone who can identify the suspect, whose image was captured on security footage.
Crime Stoppers is now offering a $12,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Police also want to talk to anyone who may have noticed a suspicious vehicle on the service drive of northbound Southfield Freeway near Michigan Avenue between last Monday night and Thursday morning.
Those with information are urged to call Dearborn police at 313-943-2241 or Crime Stopper’s anonymous tip line at 1-800-SPEAK UP. You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637).
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