Police: Body recovered is missing Family Dollar employee

Police: Body recovered is missing Family Dollar employee Brenna Machus

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Police confirmed Thursday the body found in a wooded Dearborn area is that of 20-year-old Brenna Machus. Police confirmed Thursday the body found in a wooded Dearborn area is that of 20-year-old Brenna Machus.
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DEARBORN, Mich. (WJBK) -

Police have found the body of 20-year-old Brenna Machus following her abduction from a Dearborn Family Dollar store Monday night.

"We had a 911 call," said Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad.

That call led police to a wooded area near Michigan Avenue and the Southfield Freeway service drive in Dearborn. The body was dumped just two miles from the store. It was discovered by a man on a moped looking for a shortcut.

Officers walked the railway tracks and beat down bushes near the scene looking for any evidence that could lead police to Machus' killer. A source said she was shot in the head.

Sources also said it appears her body had been at the location for awhile. It was badly decomposed and only identified by her black pants, black shirt, red Coach shoes and jewelry.

"I feel rather enraged that we have another homicide in Dearborn," Haddad said.

"I can't believe someone would do something like that," said Jamie Machus, Brenna's father. "I'm hoping that the police find who did it."

Shortly after a suspect wearing dark blue jeans, white gym shoes and a black hoodie entered the Family Dollar Monday, 20-year-old employee Joseph Orlando was shot and killed. He was found by co-workers the next day.

Orlando had a history with drugs. Dearborn's District Court confirmed he was charged with possession of heroin in 2011.

"As a teenager there were problems," said Alan Konkel. "I think most parents can relate to that."

Konkel is Orlando's grandfather, but had raised him since he was three months old. He said his grandson struggled with drugs since he was a teen, served time in jail and was even forced to pay off a drug debt over a year ago, but since then had done a complete turnaround. He finished his GED, got a full-time job at the Family Dollar and was happy and healthy.

Konkel does not believe his grandson's past played a role in what happened that fateful night.

"I think Joe went back there when he seen what was going on, tried to get involved, and I think that's what caused him to lose his life," he said.

Meanwhile, we have learned only some of the surveillance cameras at the store were working.

So far, none of the tips received by police have led to the suspect. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that results in an arrest in this case.

Police are still investigating a motive. If you have any information, you are asked to call Dearborn Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

An autopsy for Machus is scheduled for Friday.

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