Five years after Brooke Wilberger vanished from an Oregon apartment complex, her remains have been found, after her killer, Joel Courtney, told police where he’d left Wilberger’s body.
According to the Associated Press, authorities said his admission was part of a plea deal to avoid the death penalty. It was not immediately clear where the remains were found.
The Benton County District Attorney's office said Monday that Courtney, 42, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and received a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
The deal allowed Wilberger's family to finally learn what happened to their daughter after her disappearance in 2004.