Police say the pregnant girlfriend of a Wyoming homicide victim is dead, and so is a suspect in the case.
While investigating the death of 25-year-old Charles Oppenneer and looking for his 18-year-old girlfriend Brooke Slocum, officers developed a suspect, according to Wyoming police Chief James Carmody in a 12:30 a.m. Friday press conference.
Wyoming police Chief James Carmody said officers chased the suspect’s vehicle until he crashed on the Burton Street SW bridge over US-131 in Grand Rapids Thursday night.
It was after that officers discovered the body of 18-year-old Brooke Slocum in the trunk, Carmody said. The suspect was also found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the car. It’s unclear at what point the suspect shot himself.
The body of Slocum’s boyfriend Charles Oppenneer was found by police in Wyoming’s Gezon Park on Wednesday. Earlier Thursday, police said no one had heard from Slocum since Saturday night and they were considering her a missing person. She was eight months pregnant.
A second police scene near the intersection of Taft Avenue and Porter Street in Wyoming is also connected to the case, though it’s not yet clear how.
Chief Carmody said the suspect was known to have assault-style rifles in his home.
Wyoming police are expected to provide more information, including the suspect’s name, at a press conference Friday morning.
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