Brooke Wilberger, a 19-year-old college student, was last seen in May 2004 at an apartment complex near Oregon State University. According to her poster at the NCMEC, Brooke was discovered missing shortly after 10:00 a.m. from her job at an apartment complex in Corvallis, Oregon. She has a scar on her right arm from her wrist to her elbow. She was wearing small hoop earrings and a ring inscribed with the letters “CTR.” Brooke was last seen wearing blue jeans, a grey BYU soccer T-shirt, and may have been wearing an indigo “Fresh Jive” sweatshirt.
Brooke Wilberger’s memory has faded on the BYU campus, but former roommates of the BYU sophomore who vanished five years ago in Corvallis, Ore., embraced with a sense of release Monday the news that her body had been found.
“It has felt like an eternity to every person involved in this,” said Brittany Bennion, one of Wilberger’s Deseret Towers roommates. “I’m happy that there is closure and I’m happy that they found her body. I know that this is what Brooke’s family was hoping for.”
The search for Wilberger, who disappeared from an apartment building near the Oregon State University campus in May 2004 shortly after finishing her freshman year at BYU, ended Monday when a man pleaded guilty to her murder after leading police to her body near the rugged Oregon coast.
Defendant Joel Courtney’s confession concluded one of the most publicized murder investigations in Oregon history.