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    update

    here's a link to today's article regarding the 6 month anniversary of Brooke's disappearance:

    http://www.gtconnect.com/articles/20...tory/wed01.txt

    and here's a link to a suspect (with composite sketch) wanted in connection to several attempted abductions/assaults in the Corvallis/Albany area - unknown whether he is suspected in Brooke's disappearance.
    http://www.gtconnect.com/articles/20...nity/tue02.txt

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    Here is a really good article describing Brooke's family and faith. It is very touching. At this link you can also view the video.

    http://katu.com/stories/73073.html

    December 1, 2004

    The Wilbergers Persevere With Faith & Family

    By Aimee Clark and KATU Web Staff

    CORVALLIS, Ore. - In some ways, the Wilbergers are like any other large family - getting all six kids, along with their five children, together for just a simple dinner takes planning.

    However, Cammy and Greg Wilberger know there are some things you cannot prepare for.

    A common thought among Wilberger family members is expressed at a pre-meal prayer by Brooke's father, Greg Wilberger, "We pray that you will bless her wherever she is, comfort her and strengthen her."



    For six months, the Wilbergers have been praying - hoping that their 19-year-old daughter, Brooke, would be found.

    "It's really difficult because of the unknown. We can't have closure and we don't want closure. We want Brooke home," said Brooke's mother Cammy Wilberger.

    However, as the months go by, there are more questions than answers.

    "When you go through that numb stage, the next part is realizing you have no control and you are at the mercy of God and police and you can't do anything," Greg said.

    It's a feeling of helplessness that most people cannot understand and so the Wilbergers, looking for comfort and strength, rely on each other.

    "You make a conscious decision each day to focus on the good that is around and you do that. If you focus on the fact that she's not here with us at this time or on the negative that surrounds you, then you just become negative yourself," Brooke's brother Bryce Wilberger said.

    Brooke's sister, Shannon, says there are times when even family cannot ease the pain.

    "Like I said, it's those moments when it's quiet and just you… and those memories and those feelings are overwhelming," said Brooke's sister Shannon Wilberger.

    That is when the Wilberger family turns to their faith and say they believe they will see Brooke again, they just do not know when.



    "But when you feel that you can turn over those heartaches, those questions and those wonderings, then He provides you with a way to go on and let time go on. And we believe we are a family together, or whether we see Brooke here on earth again or in heaven, we will see her and we will be able to be reunited as a family," Shannon said.

    In the meantime, the Wilbergers has dedicated a special wooden box to Brooke that family members can put stuff in, like letters, pictures, or even teeth that some of the kids have added.

    The box is just one more way the Wilbergers keep hope alive that Brooke will someday come home.

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    Albany man set free and cleared of Brooke connection

    The Albany man who's step sister thought he was responsible for the disappearance of Brooke was released from jail today. He has also been cleared of any connection to Brooke. However, it is very scary to know he pleaded guilty to attempting an abduction and yet he is totally free!

    http://katu.com/stories/73323.html

    December 10, 2004

    Albany Man Is Released After Pleading Guilty

    PORTLAND, Ore. - An Albany man who assaulted an Oregon State University student pleaded guilty and was released from jail Friday afternoon.
    Aaron Evans, 21, pleaded guilty in Benton County to felony Attempted Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, First-Degree Public Indecency and Menacing involving an attack of a woman on the OSU campus Sept. 29.

    According to a female college student, a man emerged from some bushes and tried to grab her while she was walking.

    The woman was not hurt in the attempted abduction, but police later arrested Evans after a report from a citizen helped them track him down.

    Benton County Chief Deputy District Attorney John Haroldson said that Evans was released from jail because he had already served more than the 60 days of jail required by the court in the settlement hearing Friday.

    But Haroldson said Evans' felony status should be a warning to the public.

    "Any time that someone stands convicted of a felony sexual crime involving forcible compulsion, there is cause for public concern," Haroldson said.

    Evans has also been removed from a person of interest list in the disappearance of Brigham Young University student Brooke Wilberger.

    "Law enforcement investigation followed up on the 'Brooke Wilberger' leads and found there was no link," said Haroldson.


    Evans will be in court again in Linn County on Dec. 15 for reckless driving, which is a Class A Misdemeanor.

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    Bumping for Brooke. Peace be with her family this season.
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    Bump! Any news on Brooke?

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    Bump for Brooke!

    She is in my thoughts so often. And I pray for her family.




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    February 3, 2005

    Another person of interest comes to light in Wilberger case

    By KATU Web Staff

    Corvallis, Ore. - Corvallis police have confirmed another man as a person of interest in the case of missing 19-year-old Brooke Wilberger.

    According to Lt. Ron Noble with the Corvallis Police Department, Loren Krueger was identified as a person of interest early on in their investigation.

    Noble wants to make it clear that Krueger is not part of a new development in the case and that there are no new developments to report in the Wilberger investigation.

    Two other men, Aaron Evans and Sung Koo Kim, have previously been confirmed to be persons of interest as well.

    Brooke Wilberger disappeared in May of 2004 while helping with some outside cleaning at her sister's apartment complex.

    Despite numerous searches and an intense investigation into her disappearance, there has so far been no major developments in the case.

    http://katu.com/stories/74634.html

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    BUMP for Brooke and Hi to everyone here!


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    Corvallis police clear Kim in Wilberger disappearance

    February 7, 2005

    Corvallis police clear Kim in Wilberger disappearance

    By JOSEPH B. FRAZIER
    Associated Press Writer

    PORTLAND, Ore. - The Tigard man held on charges of stealing women's underwear from several Oregon college campuses is no longer a "person of interest" in the disappearance of 19-year-old Brooke Wilberger, Corvallis police said Monday.

    Sung Koo Kim had been named as a "person of interest" in the disappearance of Wilberger, a Brigham Young University student who was last seen in May at her sister's Corvallis apartment near Oregon State University.

    But Corvallis police said Monday that Kim was removed from the list in the Wilberger case late last week.

    "It was nothing earth-shattering. We just finished following all the leads and tips we had on Kim. He's a pretty complex man," said Lt. Ron Noble, a spokesman for the Corvallis police.

    Noble said Corvallis police found "no evidence that would link Sung Koo Kim to the abduction of Brooke Wilberger."

    He said there had been as many as 50 people on the list of people of interest at various times in the investigation, but that no one had ever faced charges in the case.

    "We wanted to be as thorough as we could," he said. "There are three (people of interest) we are working on right now. With as much notoriety as Kim has received we would hate for people to think that we were at a dead end, that this a cold case. That would be far from the truth."

    Shannon Connall, whose law firm represents Kim, said bail reduction on the underwear theft charges had been argued in Benton, Washington and Multnomah counties and would be argued in Yamhill County at the end of the month.

    She said she argued that Kim was entitled to bail based on the non-violent nature of the charges, and that the court was obliged to "impose the least onerous conditions possible."

    On Monday, a Multnomah County judge reduced the bail set for Kim on the burglary charges - to about $800,000, from $10 million.

    Connall said bail is $480,000 in Washington County, $1 million in Benton County and $4 million in Yamhill county.

    At one time it had totaled some $15 million.

    Kim has pleaded not guilty to the charges in all jurisdictions. His first trial is set for May 31 in Yamhill County.

    Multnomah County Judge Frank Bearden said the bail should be reduced because Kim has no criminal history and is only facing burglary charges.

    "It is now known that the defendant is not a suspect in (the Wilberger) case so that reason has been removed as a consideration for a high security amount," Bearden said Monday.

    Police found more than 3,000 pairs of women's underwear in the house that Kim shares with his parents, along with dryer lint labeled as being from the apartment building where Wilberger was last seen.

    Wilberger vanished while she was working for her sister and brother-in-law at the Corvallis apartment complex they managed.

    http://katu.com/stories/74729.html

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    Another name removed

    Another suspect removed as a person of interest in the Brooke Wilberger case. It is so sad that they are removing people and not adding people. I wonder if this case will ever be solved. God bless the Wilberger family!

    http://katu.com/stories/75204.html

    February 23, 2005

    Man removed as 'person of interest' in Wilberger case

    CORVALLIS, Ore. - A Lebanon man has been removed from the "persons of interest" list in the May disappearance of Brooke Wilberger, a Brigham Young University student.
    Loren H. Krueger, 46, was named a person of interest this month after a Portland TV station found his name in a court document in a case file for Sung Koo Kim, who also recently was removed from the list.

    "We've pretty much exhausted all of our follow-ups (on Krueger) right now in regards to Brooke," said Lt. Ron Noble.

    Kim, 30, of Tigard, faces charges of theft, burglary, possession of child pornography or encouraging child sex abuse in four counties after being caught stealing women's undergarments in dorms and apartment laundry rooms.

    Krueger was indicted Tuesday in Linn County on charges of attempted rape, sex abuse, burglary and assault in relation to a June incident.

    He is being held on $1 million bail.

    Police say they had been watching Krueger since May 25, the day after Wilberger vanished from her sister's apartment complex near the Oregon State University campus.

    Krueger was convicted of rape in Lincoln County in 1985 and sentenced to five years.

    He also pleaded guilty to felony kidnapping and assault in Benton County and served almost 12 years in prison.

    He was convicted last week in Benton County of attempted criminal trespassing and was sentenced to four months in jail on that charge and unrelated charges of drunken driving and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

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    Brooke's family and the LE ask for help

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    February 28, 2005

    Do You Have A Sweatshirt Like This One?

    By Dan Tilkin

    and KATU Web Staff

    Corvallis, Ore. - Nine months have passed since Brooke Wilberger disappeared from a Corvallis apartment complex and now her family and police are trying to track down a particular piece of clothing that could possibly aid in the investigation.

    When the Brigham Young University student vanished from a Corvallis apartment complex last May, police found her purse and her cell phone.

    They also found her flip-flop sandals lying on the pavement, perhaps lost in a struggle.

    No other signs of Brooke, none that we know of, have been found since, but police and her family do know what she was wearing the day she disappeared - a particular sweatshirt that was likely made in 1999 or 2000.

    They are now putting out a call to the public to help find an identical match of that sweatshirt, described by Brooke's brother-in-law, Zak Hansen, as a medium shade of blue with the printing 'Freshjive' on it in a metallic kind of print.

    A sweatshirt would seem like a simple piece of clothing to find, but the manufacturer no longer has them.

    As for why the sudden interest in the sweatshirt, police say it is merely a part of their investigation and Brooke's family says they are just following their lead.

    "I just know the police department would like to find one," says Hansen. "Now why they would like to get one now, I can't really speculate."

    Corvallis police tell KATU News there is no urgent reason they need the sweatshirt, but having a match on hand could prove valuable if they find fabric evidence that they can compare in a crime lab.



    The public request comes as Brooke's family privately endured last Thursday the nine-month point since the young woman disappeared. They also marked her 20th birthday a week ago.

    "It's tough, but again our family is strong and we know she's out there and we believe in an afterlife," says Hansen. "Until we get some answers, it's tough. That's the tough part - being in limbo."

    As for the sweatshirt, anyone who has one or knows where one can be found is urged to contact the Corvallis Police Department.

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    http://barometer.orst.edu/vnews/disp.../4231d289d861b

    Brooke Wilberger enjoys snowboarding and has a soft spot for frogs. That's what Zak Hansen, Brooke's brother-in-law, says.
    It wasn't quite noon yet on Thursday at Oak Park Apartments. A clear sky stretched overhead, crossing higher yet with the white vapor trail of a passing jetliner. It was a bright day, but Hansen stood quietly in the parking lot, mere feet from the light pole where his sister-in-law was last seen nearly a year ago.
    It was bright and sunny that day, too, Hansen said.
    In the time since Brooke went missing on May 24, Hansen says the Wilberger family has been set on a "roller coaster" of emotions, with the search and abduction investigation drawing nationwide support and media coverage.
    Just my opinion

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    Brooke to be Featured on Montel Show

    According to the Montel Website:

    http://www.montelshow.com/show/upcoming.htm

    His show 'Vanished' which features the stories of Maura Murray, Janis Stavros, Brooke Wilburger and Jason Jolkowski will re-air on Thursday March 24.



    To find the channel and time of airing in your area go to

    http://www.montelshow.com/misc/where_2_watch.htm



    Let us all send an email to Montel's producers thanking them for their continued efforts on the behalf of these missing persons.

    j_tuttle@montelshow.com

    k_forman@montelshow.com


    As Montel stated in the first airing of the show "Someone, somewhere knows something." Perhaps, one of the airings of this show will be the lightening rod that brings that "someone" forward.

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    Now if he'd just stop using Sylvia to "guess" where these missing people are...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newswolf
    http://barometer.orst.edu/vnews/disp.../4231d289d861b

    Brooke Wilberger enjoys snowboarding and has a soft spot for frogs. That's what Zak Hansen, Brooke's brother-in-law, says.
    It wasn't quite noon yet on Thursday at Oak Park Apartments. A clear sky stretched overhead, crossing higher yet with the white vapor trail of a passing jetliner. It was a bright day, but Hansen stood quietly in the parking lot, mere feet from the light pole where his sister-in-law was last seen nearly a year ago.
    It was bright and sunny that day, too, Hansen said.
    In the time since Brooke went missing on May 24, Hansen says the Wilberger family has been set on a "roller coaster" of emotions, with the search and abduction investigation drawing nationwide support and media coverage.
    Is there any more recent news??

    Also...
    Her brother-in-law said something weird in his interview:
    "Hansen said he figured Wilberger stubbed her toe and had gotten a ride to the doctor. The thought of Brooke being abducted had not yet entered his mind."

    I got that quote from the link in your story.

    I'm sorry but that is just odd ... she stubbed her toe??
    Just rings a bit strange in my ears.

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    Prayersfm- I haven't found any new stories. Toe stubbing does sound odd.
    Just my opinion

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    Can someone tell me why Brooke's thread is in the Located forum? From what I can tell, she has not been found yet, is that correct?

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    Nevermind, I was in the wrong forum. Disregard that last posting.

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    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    http://www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=77280

    Starting Sunday, KATU News will air special live coverage of the Brooke Wilberger case, one year later. Hear from her family and friends, as well as the detectives who are still searching for her.
    The special coverage begins Sunday, May 22 at 11:00 p.m. and will run through Tuesday, May 24, one year to the day that Brooke disappeared.

    http://www.gazettetimes.com/articles...ory/news01.txt

    12 months after an apparent abduction, a town remembers and hopes
    Just my opinion

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    http://www.kezi.com/content/contentID/10566

    For everybody in Veneta... the hope is alive.
    They want their Brooke... back home.
    On Tuesday the Corvallis Police Department will hold a press conference to update the status of the Wilberger investigation.
    Just my opinion

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    http://www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=77343

    He says there are two persons of interest in the case, but he would not elaborate. And he says, even though they are rare, he believes it is a stranger abduction.

    http://www.koin.com/news.asp?ID=2729

    Her parents returned to the complex Tuesday, saying that while they know the chances have diminished, they haven't given up hope of finding Wilberger alive.
    "Our hope right now is not the same as it was a year ago," Cammie Wilberger said.

    http://www.gtconnect.com/articles/20...awilberger.txt

    Investigators said they have no new leads in the case, though they continue to follow tips and other information as it is received.

    "Are we any closer to solving the case today than we were May 24, 2004? Only by the standpoint that we know what hasn't happened," said Corvallis Police Capt. Ron Noble, refering to investigative work that has eliminated various persons of interest.
    Just my opinion

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    Outstanding Issues in Wilberger Case

    There are a number of things that never made a lot of sense here:

    1) Why was it so difficult to establish the last time Brooke was seen?
    2) When did her sister go to take the kids to preschool and how long was she gone? Why do some stories have around 9am, and others around 10am?
    3) Why hasn't her sister who lives at that complex ever said one single word about this case?
    4) Why was there so much attention focused on Avery Park? There was no way a perp could drag her over there across that highway w/o being seen, and no indication she would have gone over there for any reason. There is no entrance to the park near Brooke's apartment complex on 26th street, so why did anyone think that was a good place to look for her?
    5) Why did it take until 3pm for someone to phone her in missing? Where did they think she was? Stubbed her toe and got a ride to the ER? Huh? From whom?
    6) Why were her flip-flops in the parking lot after a "struggle" that no one saw or heard?
    7) Why is LE so interested in her sweatshirt, six months later?
    8) Why was Brooke wearing a sweatshirt while working on such a hot day to begin with?
    9) Who was supposed to have even seen her back there? The parking lot is not visible from the highway, it is not visible from 26th street.
    10) How did LE eliminate people who actually lived in the complex? First rule: search nearby.


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    Sister Was on Montel

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertStJames
    There are a number of things that never made a lot of sense here:

    <snip>

    2) When did her sister go to take the kids to preschool and how long was she gone? Why do some stories have around 9am, and others around 10am?
    3) Why hasn't her sister who lives at that complex ever said one single word about this case?

    <snip>

    RstJ
    The sister of whom you speak was on Montel along with a younger sister and brother who still live at home. The episode featured not only Brooke, but also Maura Murray, Jason Jolkowski and another woman, whose name escapes me at the moment.

    While I am unable to recall her description of the day's events, I do recall for the first time that the timeline which presented made more sense to me than any of the other information I had to that date.

    With prayers for Brooke and her family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peabody
    The sister of whom you speak was on Montel along with a younger sister and brother who still live at home. The episode featured not only Brooke, but also Maura Murray, Jason Jolkowski and another woman, whose name escapes me at the moment.

    While I am unable to recall her description of the day's events, I do recall for the first time that the timeline which presented made more sense to me than any of the other information I had to that date.

    With prayers for Brooke and her family.
    No, that wasn't her:

    In November, three of Brooke's five siblings - Shannon, Spencer and Jessica - appeared on "The Montel Williams Show," in a segment that aired in February about families who have had loved ones vanish.

    That's the sister who managed the apartment complex across the street, not the one Brooke was working for that day.

    This one:

    Brooke Wilberger returned from her freshman year at BYU near the end of April last year. She was working for her sister Stephani and Stephani's husband, at the Oak Park Apartments the couple managed, washing lamp posts about 11 a.m. the last time anyone who knew her saw her.


    When did it become 11am? All the posters said 10am, not 11am.

    RstJ

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