Dearborn, MI – I haven’t seen a lot of news reporting on this, but police are looking Brenna Kathleen Machus, a Dollar Store employee who hasn’t been seen since her co-worker was shot dead inside the store Monday night.
Detectives believe Machus was abducted from the store after her co-worker, Joseph Orlando, was shot. His body was found by staff on Tuesday morning when they arrived to open for the day and found his body. They also found the store was in disarray and someone had targeted the cash drawer as well as the store safe.
What they did not find was 20-year-old Machus, although her car was found outside in the parking lot. Police reviewed surveillance footage inside the store that captured a suspect dressed in a dark hooded jacket, blue jeans and white shoes, as he entered the store at around 7.30 p.m. on Monday.
Despite the heat, he is wearing a jacket with a hooded sweatshirt over his head and drawn to cover the majority of his face. After walking into the store, he seems to wave at someone in the store before grabbing a shopping cart.
Police Chief Ronald Haddad said they want to talk to this man as well as two women who were in the store at around the same time. He stressed that the women are not believed to be involved, but may help investigators better establish a time line. He declined to comment on rumors regarding Machus being harassed online or at the store.
Orlando had only been working at the store for a week and was due to start college later this year. Machus had transferred to the store a few weeks ago. On Wednesday, Machus’ mother appealed to her daughter’s presumed abductor.
“If there’s someone out there who has her, we don’t care if you drop her off at a hospital. Let us know,” Lisa Machus said. “We will come get her, no questions asked. We want her home.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Dearborn Police Department at 313-943-2241 or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 800-SPEAK-UP (800-773-2587). Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a $11,100 reward for information about Machus’ whereabouts and a $2,500 reward leading to an arrest.
Over on the Find Brenna Machus Facebook Page, one commenter posted that a body has been found near the store. One of our commenters posted a link to a news article reporting the body of a female has been found near Michigan Avenue and the Southfield freeway in Dearborn.