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xx Evans escapes additional jail time with plea barga
« Reply #30 on: Jan 5th, 2005, 05:16am »

As OSU's fall term ended on Friday, Dec. 10, Aaron James Evans, 20, pleaded guilty in Benton County Circuit Court to charges of attempted sex abuse and menacing that stemmed from the September attack of a female OSU student on campus near 26th Street and Western Boulevard.

Under a plea agreement, additional charges of attempted kidnapping (a felony) and harassment (a misdemeanor) were dropped. With a guilty plea, Evans avoided a trial and possible prison sentence.

Evans was sentenced to three years probation and 60 days in jail. However, Evans walked free shortly after the sentencing hearing because he had already served more than 60 days in jail since being arrested in early October.

Evans was also removed from the "persons of interest" list in the investigation of missing Brigham Young University student Brooke Wilberger, who disappeared May 24. His attack on a female student initially drew close attention from Wilberger investigators because it occurred just blocks from where Wilberger went missing.

After a heavily covered investigation, detectives found no connection between Evans and Wilberger. Corvallis District Attorney Scott Heiser expressed disappointment toward the media saying they "ran without the facts" at certain points during the Evans investigation. Heiser cited a particular instance in which a Portland TV news station focused on Evans' stepsister saying she suspected Evans had abducted Wilberger and buried her body in the basement of an Albany residence.

Authorities explored the lead, but found no connections to Wilberger's disappearance.

Heiser also explained that Evans will be under "heightened scrutiny" while he is on probation. Evans was also required to register as a sex offender. Under the conditions of his probation, Evans is required to stay in frequent contact with a probation officer, undergo sex offender counseling and open his home for house checks.

"It's a different world when you're on probation," Heiser said.

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xx Wilberger search in 8th month
« Reply #31 on: Jan 7th, 2005, 10:18am »

PROVO — The family of missing Brigham Young University student Brooke Wilberger skipped one Christmas tradition this holiday season.

Christmas Eve was the seven-month anniversary of the 19-year-old girl's abduction from a parking lot in Oregon, and it was too painful to act out the Nativity scene that night, family friend Janelle Blake said.
"Brooke was always the angel," Blake said.

Still, the family remains hopeful Wilberger will be found alive, and the FBI, Oregon State Police and local officers continue to search for her.
"We still have a lot of information to go through," Corvallis Police Lt. Ron Noble said. "Our task force still meets daily and there is still a lot to do. We haven't gotten around to the point where we're sitting around scratching our heads and wondering what to do next."

Noble said police have labeled four men as "persons of interest." One of those men, Sung Koo Kim, 30, is in jail on a total of $16 million bail based on 18 counts of burglary, theft, possession of child pornography and encouraging child abuse.

Noble said the cases stem from four separate counties. Meanwhile, investigators still have not found a direct link between Kim and Wilberger's disappearance.
"He's still interesting enough for us to look at him hard," Noble said.
Wilberger's BYU friends began a new semester on Monday. Four of them expected Wilberger to live as roommates with them this year.

"The holidays were pretty hard for us," said Trisha Dunn, a sophomore from Shaker Heights, Ohio. "Since there is no new information, we're just praying and distributing bracelets."

More than 42,000 pink silicon wristbands imprinted with http://www.FINDBROOKE.com have been distributed. Suggested donations are $1, but the bands have raised more than $50,000, Blake said.
The bracelets are available at the Utah County Bureau of the Deseret Morning News, 1280 S. 800 East, Suite 300, Orem.

Wilberger's picture is still posted in the news section of BYU's Web site — http://www.byu.edu — where updates are provided as well as links to the family's Web site.
"The search is still ongoing, and we want to let students know what is happening with a current update and information," university spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said.

Wilberger's would-be BYU roommates — Dunn, Nikki Duke, Whitney Griffith and Brittany Knight — are all friends from an on-campus dorm last year and they maintain a collage of pictures of Wilberger on a wall in their apartment.
There is also a bowl full of bracelets ready for people who come by and ask for one.
"Not a day goes by that we don't think about Brooke," Dunn said. "It's good to be together."

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xx Wilberger still missing after 8 months
« Reply #32 on: Jan 25th, 2005, 05:46am »

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Authorities said they had no new information to release in the disappearance of Brooke Wilberger, a young woman believed to have been kidnapped in Corvallis eight months ago Monday.

The Wilberger family late last year raised the reward being offered in the case to $6,000 -- hoping it would lead to a safe return of the 19-year-old Brigham Young University student. Since then, police continue to receive tips but have yet to turn up any sign of her.

Brooke disappeared May 24 of last year while she was working for her sister and brother-in-law at the Corvallis apartment complex they managed. She vanished from the complex's parking lot, leaving behind her flip-flops, her purse, cell phone and the bucket of soapy water she was using to clean the light fixtures. An extensive search at the time by police and community members failed to locate her.

The Wilberger family is regularly briefed by police about the progress of the investigation, and say they will not give up hope.

The Corvallis Police Department, with assistance from the Benton County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, continue to investigate Brooke's disappearance.

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xx Sung Koo Kim pleads not guilty
« Reply #33 on: Feb 2nd, 2005, 07:28am »

McMINNVILLE — A man charged with stealing thousands of pieces of lingerie from women's college dorms in four counties will be tried first in Yamhill County, judicial authorities say.

Yamhill County Judge John Collins ordered Sung Koo Kim, who pleaded innocent to charges in that county on Tuesday, to trial May 31 on 11 counts of burglary and seven counts of theft, involving bras and panties stolen from dorms at George Fox University in Newberg and Linfield College in McMinnville.

He faces similar charges in Multnomah County involving thefts from Lewis & Clark College, Concordia University and the University of Portland, in Benton County involving thefts from Oregon State University and Washington County involving thefts from Pacific University.

In Washington County, he also faces 16 counts of possessing child pornography based on images found on his home computer.

The carefully labeled items were found in the Tigard home the 31-year-old shared with his parents.

Kim is held in Yamhill County on $4 million bail, Multnomah County on $10 million bail, Benton County on $1 million bail and Washington County on $350,000 bail for a total of $15.35 million.

After his initial arrest in Yamhill County on May 13, his parents put up money to secure his release on lower amounts that increased as other jurisdictions became involved.

Eleven days later Brooke Wilberger, 19, of the Eugene area, a Brigham Young University student, vanished from a Corvallis apartment complex where Kim had allegedly been stalking an OSU swimmer.

Kim has been called a suspect in the Wilberger case but nobody has been charged, and no trace of her has been found despite massive searches.

A series of lawyers challenged the high bail amounts on his behalf but in vain. Kim, being held in Multnomah County, has status hearings set for Feb. 3 in Washington County and Feb. 25 in Yamhill County
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xx ‘Person of interest' in Wilberger probe arrested .
« Reply #34 on: Feb 4th, 2005, 07:09am »

By Carrie Petersen
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‘Person of interest' in Wilberger probe arrested in unrelated case


A Lebanon man recently reported as a "person of interest" in the Brooke Wilberger disappearance was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse.

Loren Hugo Krueger, 46, of Lebanon was arrested at about 5 p.m. Wednesday by Linn County Sheriff's Office detectives, Sheriff Dave Burright said.

Krueger has been charged with first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree unlawful sexual penetration. He is being held at the Linn County Jail.

Burright said the charges are related to an incident that happened about four years ago but was just recently disclosed.

The incident "involves a minor female that was known by him," Burright said. He would not release any further information.

Portland television station KGW-TV reported that Krueger had been named in a police report contained in court documents that the station obtained Wednesday, according to the station's Web site.

The documents were related to the investigation of Wilberger's disappearance.

Police have used the term "person of interest" to decribe people they have investigated in the case but who are not suspects.

Wilberger, a Brigham Young University student, vanished May 24, 2004, from outside her sister's apartment in Corvallis near Oregon State University.

No one has been charged in Wilberger's disappearance.

The Corvallis Police Department confirmed that Krueger was a person of interest in the case but that it is not a new development.

"Krueger was identified as a person of interest early in the Wilberger investigation and is not part of a new development in the case," Lt. Ron Noble said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

Krueger told KGW he had nothing to do with Wilberger's disappearance and has cooperated fully with Corvallis investigators in an effort to clear his name.

According to an unidentified police document posted on the KGW Web site, investigators spoke with people on May 25, 2004, at Wilson Motors in Corvallis and were told that Krueger had been at the dealership the previous day sometime around 10 and 10:15 a.m.

Other "persons of interest" in the case include Sung Koo Kim of Tigard, charged with stealing women's underwear from college dorms in four Oregon counties. Aaron James Evans, a former Albany man recently convicted of sex abuse and menacing after grabbing a woman on a Corvallis street, has been dropped from the list.

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xx Korean community supports man implicated in missin
« Reply #35 on: Feb 6th, 2005, 12:57am »

PORTLAND (AP) - Despite shame over underwear theft and child pornography charges against Sung Koo Kim, the Korean community is rallying to support him and show there is no link to Brooke Wilberger's disappearance.

Kim is considered a person of interest but has not been charged with any crime in the disappearance of Wilberger, a Brigham Young University student who vanished May 24 from her sister's apartment complex near the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

A police task force has accused Kim of stealing panties from a clothes dryer in the complex, cyberstalking an Oregon State swimmer who resembled Wilberger and searching the Internet for nations without extradition treaties with the United States.

But Wilberger's mother, Cammy Wilberger, said Wednesday the family keeps in close contact with the task force and it has "never really focused on him."

Kim, 30, has declined a plea-bargain offer to serve eight years in prison for the theft of thousands of pairs of women's panties and child-pornography cases in four counties.

It is the links to the Wilberger case, however, that remain disturbing for Kim's family and Korean community leaders, who all say there is absolutely no connection. They say they feel a collective shame about the details of burglaries. But they believe they were part of an obsession that left Kim with a vast collection of pornography depicting violence against women and, in a few cases, images of children.

His parents, Joo and Dong Kim, maintain that their son was with them the morning Wilberger disappeared
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xx Sung Koo Kim Cleared in Wilberger Case
« Reply #36 on: Feb 8th, 2005, 06:10am »

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Accused underwear thief Sung Koo Kim celebrated a victory today, getting cleared as a person of interest in the Brooke Wilberger case. For months, Kim's attorneys have tried to defend the 31-year-old Tigard man on charges of stealing thousands of pairs of women's underwear from college dorms and apartments in four counties. One of the apartment buildings is where Wilberger vanished.

On Monday the Corvallis Police Department announced it had insufficient evidence to continue investigating Kim.

"It's not a matter of deciding to move him off the list as much as exhausting all the leads we had on Mr. Kim and everything that we needed to follow up on," said Lt. Ron Noble of the Corvallis Police, " and that's completed now."

Kim still faces charges of theft and burglary in four counties, but since he was cleared in the Wilberger case, a Multnomah County judge lowered his bail from $10 million to $800,000.

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xx Wilberger case defies assumption
« Reply #37 on: Feb 9th, 2005, 05:33am »

Many who have followed developments in the May 24 abduction of Brooke Wilberger thought that Sung Koo Kim's indictment on charges related to her disappearance was an event waiting to happen. Somehow, they felt, a crucial piece of evidence would emerge that placed Kim in the vicinity between 9:30 a.m. that Monday, when she disappeared and 10:30 a.m., when her family noticed she was gone.

Now, more than eight months later, investigators have said that they have not been able to do that. They have said that Kim may be a "complex" person, but he no longer is considered a suspect in Wilberger's disappearance.

That it took more than eight months to declare that Sung Koo Kim is no longer on their short list of suspects gives some indication of the extend of the investigators' efforts, and who could blame them?

Kim gave them plenty of circumstantial evidence to keep them looking. His collection of thousands of pairs of women's underwear, taken from college dorms all over western Oregon; tens of thousands of downloaded images of sexually violent pornography; his written fantasy of an abduction, rape, mutilation and torture death of a young woman; his fixation with an Oregon State University swimmer who resembles Brooke Wilberger; and his research into countries that have no extradition treaty with the United States were key bits of circumstantial evidence that illuminated a potentially dangerous fantasy life.

Now it appears that all of it may have only been a disturbed, "complex" young man's fantasy world not often glimpsed outside the pages of pornographic comic books.

A shamed Korean community has nevertheless rallied around Kim's parents. His devastated and concerned mother said in news interviews that although he clearly has problems, he needs help, not punishment. He doesn't have a violent past, she said. But he had a violent pre-occupation; one that so frightened seasoned law enforcement officers and prosecutors that they are still loathe to see him returned to society.

It would be an ironic twist if the investigation into the sad and mysterious disappearance of Brooke Wilberger, while not yet successful in finding her, succeeded in preventing a future crime; one that still existed only in the mind.

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xx The search continues
« Reply #38 on: Feb 12th, 2005, 11:20pm »

Volunteers continues to follow up on calls to Brook Wilberger tip line
By Jennifer Nitson
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Eight men and one woman gear up behind the Philomath Fire Station.

Wearing lug-soled boots and heavy canvas pants or waxed-canvas chaps, they are ready to tromp through the brambles and underbrush of a Coast Range forest.

All but one are volunteers. An optometrist, an Oregon State University instructor, a graduate student, a chamber of commerce receptionist, a retiree — they all have come out on a chilly Friday morning to search for Brooke Wilberger.

Led by Benton County Emergency Manager Mike Bamberger, the group is briefed on the day's objectives. Two volunteers will head to Linn County to follow a tip made by a Tangent man concerning an illegal dumping ground littered with trash and animal carcasses.

The rest of the crew will drive up Highway 34 to check out a couple of sites off a logging road near the Marys Peak turnoff.

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Since Wilberger disappeared without a trace last May 24, hundreds of volunteers have put an estimated 14,000 hours into searching Corvallis and surrounding areas. From the date of what police quickly determined was an abduction through the first week of June, about 100 to 300 people showed up daily to methodically search the area where the 19-year-old Veneta woman was last seen, an apartment complex adjacent to Oregon State University.

The Oak Park Apartments, and around Reser Stadium, the Hilton Garden Inn and Avery Park — any place Wilberger was likely to be — was scoured by community volunteers while detectives from a multi-agency task force conducted interviews of potential witnesses and launched an investigation that continues today.

Though searches have dwindled from involving hundreds of people to usually about 10, the hunt for Wilberger continues.

Bamberger and a group of volunteers trained in search-and-rescue techniques continue to follow leads and search for Wilberger throughout the Willamette Valley, the surrounding mountains and beyond.

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The tips investigated Friday were old, Bamberger said on the drive up into the hilly region between Philomath and Alsea.

"A guy was up there two weeks after the abduction," Bamberger explained. "He smelled something decaying and his dog triggered on it too."

He didn't report it to police, however, until about two weeks ago.

The logging road less than a half hour from Philomath fit the "common abductor profile," Bamberger said. "A remote area, close in, where somebody can park in seclusion."

The fog was left behind and the sun shone in the crisp, cool sky as the Benton County Search and Rescue Chevy Trail Blazer ascended from the valley floor up the curvy, winding Highway 34.

Bamberger and the other volunteers parked their vehicles at the closed gate of the logging road that follows a ridge off to the left of the highway near Marys Peak.

Three men were left near the gate with rope and carabiners to rappel down the side of a steep, brushy hillside near the gate that seems to be a dumpsite for poachers and people looking to get rid of old mattresses, carpet and such.

A full spinal column of a large elk could be seen when looking down from the road. This site had been searched before, but the men were willing to go down again.

"If you find something squishy that's not yours, don't touch it," Bamberger warned. "Use your poles to check it out."

Four more men hiked up the gravel logging road about half a mile, scanning the forest floor on both sides as they went.

Bamberger recounted a story from Easter morning 2000, when search and rescue teams were out looking for a suicidal woman. Though a group of rescuers was on their way to a particular site, one man spotted the woman, alive and ill from an overdose of drugs, over the side of the hill as they were walking up a road.

"I always remember that," Bamberger said. "Even if you're walking somewhere, always be searching at the same time."

On their way up the road, some stretches of hillside along the way caught the attention of the men. The lay of the land or the thickness of the brush roused their curiosity, and they fanned out and waded through the brambles for a more thorough search.

"Mostly it's just looking," Bamberger said. "Keeping your eyes open."

During the dozens of searches for Wilberger, the search team has found marijuana grows, meth lab waste sites and homeless camps. They've found many rotting carcasses of deer and elk. They have not found a clue of what happened to Wilberger.

"What drives these guys to be as professional as they are every single time, even though they know it's probably a false alarm … a lot of them have Brooke Wilberger bracelets, they've internalized it. We all want to find her, to be the one that finds her. These guys would go through the blackberries if they need to."

Even searching along a half mile of mountain logging road can seem a daunting task, because there is so much brushy forest floor to search, so many places to look and so many more spots the volunteers probably will never get to.

"One of our tips was we should search the Cascade Range," Bamberger said. "That's a little broad to start searching. That's why the tips have become so important for us, because they are kind of our first indicator of where we should search next."

Volunteer Christina Lodge, a Corvallis Chamber of Commerce employee, has been on about four searches. She is inspired by both the adventure of the search and the desire to help out, she said.

"Just trying to find her, just as much help as I can give, just getting out and doing my part. … It's frustrating to sit back when everyone else is doing the work, and you want to see what you can find," Lodge said.

Dan Kearl, who works at Hewlett-Packard Co., hopes to help attain resolution for the family, the community and all who have participated in the search, he said. He has helped look for Wilberger since the beginning and served as a search team leader during the period when hundreds of community members were involved.

"The ironic thing for me is that the search activity I have participated in and the people I have worked around probably created the strongest sense of community I've ever seen," Kearl said.
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« Reply #39 on: Feb 17th, 2005, 05:33am »

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A man once called a person of interest in the disappearance of Brook Wilberger was sentenced Wednesday on unrelated charges.
Loren Krueger, 45, will spend 4 months in jail for drunken driving and attempted criminal trespassing.

The charges stem from an incident when he was spotted walking along railroad tracks to a woman's house, wearing a ski mask.

Krueger was convicted in 1986 of raping and attempting to kidnap a woman and spent 11 years in prison.

Given Kruger's previous conviction and the latest incident, which occurred only two weeks before Wilberger disappeared, police originally considered him a person of interest in the case.

But police are now confident that he had nothing to do with the Brigham Young University student's disappearance.

Police refuse to give up hope that someday, someone will be charged in the Wilberger case.

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xx Re: Brooke Wilberger - May 24, 2004 - OR
« Reply #40 on: Feb 18th, 2005, 07:02am »

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Underwear thief a WSU alum
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Sung Koo Kim, the alleged Oregon underwear thief, is a WSU graduate.

Kim graduated from WSU with a degree in Genetics and Cellular Biology in 2001, according to the Oregonian.
The 30-year old Kim has been accused of stealing more than 3,400 pairs of women's underwear at Oregon colleges since 2001.
Police caught Kim in his Tigard, Ore., home with the stash of underwear in May 2004. He was charged with theft in Benton, Multnomah, Yamhill and Washington counties.
The underwear thefts were reported at at least six Oregon colleges, including Oregon State University, Linfield College, George Fox University, Concordia University and the University of Portland. The thefts were from laundry rooms in dormitories and apartment complexes.
Kim is also faced with child pornography charges in Washington County. Officers inspecting his home computer for evidence found child pornography, in addition to over 40,000 pornographic images of women being tortured and mutilated, according to court documents.
For several months, Kim was considered to be a prime suspect in the disappearance case of Brooke Wilberger. Wilberger, a Brigham Young University student working over the summer in Corvallis, Ore., vanished May 24 from an apartment complex near Oregon State University where she was working changing outdoor lamps.
Some of the underwear and dryer lint found in Kim's home was determined to have been taken from the apartment complex that Wilberger disappeared from.
In early February, however, the task force investigating the Wilberger case cleared Kim as a prime suspect in the case.
"We have investigated him as involved with the disappearance of Brooke Wilberger, and we don't believe that there is a connection between him and her disappearance," said Capt. Jon Sassaman of the Corvallis Police Department.

There were several reported cases of underwear theft during the time that Kim attended WSU, said Steve Hansen, chief of WSU Police Department. But those cases may not be significant to the Kim case.
"It would only be significant if there were a lot of outstanding cases up here and we could link them to him," Hansen said. "We get a lot of clothes thefts reported."
"I went back and checked the records for WSU and I couldn't find any significant thefts like that during the period of time he was here," Hansen added.
Kim is in custody in Oregon. The first trials will take place in Yamhill county, Sassaman said.
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xx For Brooke on Feb. 20, 2005
« Reply #41 on: Feb 19th, 2005, 11:08pm »

Thinking of Brooke Wilberger today on her 20th birthday. Hoping that answers can be found SOON for her whereabouts. She is stil missing but she has never been forgotten.

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« Reply #42 on: Feb 23rd, 2005, 08:22am »

Krueger off Wilberger person of interest list
By Jennifer Nitson
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Loren H. Krueger, 46, of Lebanon has been removed from the list of "persons of interest" in the Brooke Wilberger abduction investigation.

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

Krueger was named as a "person of interest" in the Brooke Wilberger abduction investigation earlier this month after a Portland television news station found his name in a court document in a case file for Sung Koo Kim.

Kim, 30, of Tigard, faces charges of theft, burglary, possession of child pornography and encouraging child sex abuse in four counties after being caught stealing women's undergarments in dorms and apartment laundry rooms. Kim had been a named suspect in the Wilberger investigation for several months since the abduction in May, but was removed from the "person of interest list" at the end of January, when investigators had exhausted all of their leads on him, police said.

Meanwhile, Lebanon police have identified Krueger as the suspect in a June incident in which a man entered a southwest Lebanon residence through an open window, attempted to rape a 15-year-old girl, assaulted the girl's father when confronted and fled before police arrived.

He was indicted Tuesday in Linn County Circuit Court on charges of attempted rape, sex abuse, burglary and assault.

He also faces charges in Linn County of sex abuse and unlawful sexual penetration of a minor female known to Krueger for alleged events that happened in 2000 but were recently reported.

He is being held in the Linn County Jail on a $1 million security amount.

Once the media spotlight focused on Krueger, police divulged that he'd been a suspect since May 25, the day after Wilberger disappeared.

Krueger was spotted the morning of the abduction at a car dealership about a mile and a half away from where Wilberger vanished. Although Investigators have not said why they considered Krueger a person of interest, his criminal history might give some indication.

In 1985, Krueger was convicted of attempted rape in Lincoln County and sentenced to five years' probation.

Less than a year later Krueger was charged with kidnapping, attempted murder, attempted rape and assault in Benton County Circuit Court.

According to police reports, Krueger grabbed a young woman near her apartment on Witham Hill Drive when she returned home from jogging. He threatened her with a gun, hit her with his fists and the gun and tried to drag her into some nearby brush. The woman, then 23, was able to escape and found a police officer nearby who was checking out a roadkill raccoon in the street. Krueger's car, with his wallet containing his ID on the front seat, was found nearby. When police went looking for Krueger at his parents' Corvallis home, they found him asleep in the basement. They also found a loaded handgun, several lengths of rope tied into loops with slipknots and rubber gloves. One of the ropes was tied in a noose and another had double loop ropes that "appeared effective as wrist restraints," a report said.

Krueger pleaded guilty to felony kidnapping and assault and served almost a dozen years in prison.

In April 2003, he was questioned by police after a young woman reported that he'd followed her in his car on Northwest 29th Street. She was followed down several streets to her parent's house. Krueger told police he was delivering papers for the Gazette-Times.

Krueger's neighbors filed a stalking order against him in Sept. 2003, because he masturbated in view of their residence.

Late last August Krueger was arrested at his home following an investigation after a Blodgett resident reported that a man in a black ski mask had been watching her from her backyard. The woman's husband saw the man leaving their property and, after driving to the Blodgett store, saw him pull off the ski mask and get into a pickup that turned out to be Krueger's. He was convicted last week in Benton County Circuit Court of attempted criminal trespassing and was sentenced to four months in jail on that charge and unrelated charges of DUII and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

During a ensuing search of Krueger's home police seized credit card receipts from transactions Krueger made on May 24 and questioned his live-in girlfriend about his behavior during that month.

In a Corvallis police report detailing Krueger's arrest an investigator wrote: "our concerns are that he is acting out like he did in the 1980s, when he attacked two women."
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Wilberger's family looking for sweatshirt
By Jennifer Nitson
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Zak Hansen doesn't quite remember where he got his indigo-blue "FreshJive" sweatshirt — maybe it was left behind when a renter moved out of one of the apartments in the complex he manages, he said.

He knows where he last saw it though. Brooke Wilberger, Hansen's sister-in-law, put it on before going out to clean lampposts at the apartment complex on the morning of May 24, 2004.

She has not been seen since.

To assist the multi-agency taskforce in it's investigation of the 19-year-old Veneta woman's disappearance, her family recently posted a new appeal on the "Find Brooke" Web site for help from the public:

Anyone with an indigo FreshJive sweatshirt, with the logo printed in white, similar to the one Wilberger wore the day she was abducted, is asked to call the Corvallis Police Department at 766-6989. An image of the shirt can be found at www.findbrooke.com.

The FreshJive company made and marketed the indigo sweatshirts during 1999 or 2000, said Capt. Jon Sassaman.

The request for an identical or similar sweatshirt does not indicate any new leads or developments in the case, Sassaman said.

"There's no comparisons that we're making right now," he said. "The sweatshirt would be used in the future if we ever needed it for fiber comparison."

Investigators had no trouble pulling together samples of jeans or a T-shirt like Wilberger wore, Sassaman said, but the specific indigo dye color of the sweatshirt is not easy to duplicate. The taskforce was recently informed by FreshJive that, following an exhaustive search, the company was not able to provide a replica.

Wilberger's family welcomes the chance to help the investigation in any way, Hansen said of the Web site request.

"We understand that this (the sweatshirt) is just another part of it and that sooner or later they may need this type of tool," he said.

Corvallis police detectives, along with the FBI, Oregon State Police, the Benton County Sheriff's Office and the Benton County District Attorney's Office continue to follow leads on three unnamed "person's of interest," Sassaman said.

Sung Koo Kim, 30, of Tigard, and Loren Krueger, 46, of Lebanon have recently been removed from the list, following investigations into both men that began shortly after Wilberger disappeared.

To Hansen this means the investigation is active, he said.

"A lot of people have asked if we were disappointed when Mr. Kim was eliminated as a person of interest," Hansen said. "I see it as a positive thing that people are taken off (the list) and they've gone through their processes of eliminating these people."

Hansen added that he has confidence in the task force and that he and his family have come to regard some of the detectives as friends.

"I've just seen nothing but good work and real professionalism," Hansen said. "They're working really hard. I'm confident, personally, that we're going to get an outcome at some point. ... There's times when you get impatient, but as a family we want the investigation to be thorough."
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« Reply #44 on: Mar 11th, 2005, 11:22pm »

By Peter Chee
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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.

Investigators most recently sent out a request to the general public asking anyone with a "FreshJive" hooded sweatshirt (made between 1999 and 2000), similar to the one Wilberger wore when she disappeared, to submit dye and fiber for the crime lab to help in the investigation.

Hansen, a Corvallis native and father of three, said he and other members of the Wilberger family are not attention-seekers. But Hansen meets for interviews and appears at press conferences because media attention accomplishes one thing: keeping his missing sister-in-law fresh in the minds of the public.

"It can be very tiresome, it's very emotionally taxing," Hansen said. "I said on that first day that we'd look for Brooke, if I can help in some way I'll do it."

It was around midday when Wilberger was most likely abducted, Hansen said. It was in broad daylight with heavy traffic along the highway adjacent to the small parking lot where she was last seen.

Hansen says he believes people possess an "innate" sense to notice things that appear out of place or wrong. He is convinced someone witnessed something.

"She could be anywhere," he said. "Somebody out there knows something; they just may not know it."

To Hansen, Wilberger was part of his immediate family, living with them in the summer months, staying at Oak Park during the week and going home on weekends.

"She is family," he said.

Wilberger and Hansen would snowboard together often.
Brooke Wilberger

"She was getting pretty good," he said.

To Hansen, Wilberger was a typical college student who happened to like frogs. Wilberger enjoyed comedy in movies; the last movie Hansen saw with her was the Ben Stiller and Jack Black comedy "Envy."

"She would see the humor in a lot of things," Hansen said. "There's not a day I don't think about her."

On May 24, Hansen was in town securing a job offer. Otherwise, he would have stayed at the apartments, which he managed with his wife, Stephanie (Brooke's sister), to help Wilberger clean the light poles lining the south end of the complex beside Philomath highway.

The bucket Wilberger was using to clean the row of small, white, light poles was found beside the second to last pole.

"She had two more to do, then she was done," he said.

Hansen has replayed the day's events over and over in his mind. It's best not to dwell on the "what ifs," he concluded.

But still, there are nightmares, he said.

"I was devastated," he said. "I kept looking for her; in my mind, I couldn't see this happening in Corvallis."

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.

After his own search proved unsuccessful, Hansen was the one who made the first call to the police. It was 3 p.m.

Having been born and raised in Corvallis and as the son of OSU alumni, Hansen never thought an abduction was possible, especially one involving Wilberger.

"I grew up a big fan of the university," he said. "This community is where I wanted to raise my family."

Earlier in the 2003-04 school year, the near-abduction of a female student shook the BYU campus, where Wilberger was studying to become a teacher.

Because of the incident, Hansen said, Wilberger was well aware of her surroundings and especially her safety.

"Brooke was extremely conscious of these things," he said. "We know she fought hard."

Hansen said it's been months since he had last seen Oak Park Apartments. He and his family were already considering moving out of their apartment of four years because of a new job offer when Wilberger went missing.

Walking through the complex on Thursday morning, Hansen noticed subtle differences amongst the light yellow buildings: new flowers planted in one spot, a tree removed from another. He said his family made good friends with many of the tenants over the years.

Hansen said the ongoing joint law enforcement investigation has been "very professional."

For Hansen, every person removed from the person of interest list is progress in the investigation. He says he meets frequently with local police investigators.

"I look at these guys as friends," he said. "I know they're working very hard."

Many of the investigators have been personally affected by the case, Hansen said, mentioning one detective in particular who feels close to the investigation.

"In his mind, she is family now," he said.

For the Wilberger family, Hansen says there are good and bad days for everyone. But when support is needed, the family has always stuck together.

"We're doing OK. We've had a strong family," he said.

Hansen said he is continually amazed and thankful for the outpouring of support from the public.

"A lot of people are genuinely concerned; it's good to see that people still care," Hansen said.

In the weeks following Wilberger's disappearance, Hansen said it was difficult for him to see young women walking alone. For a time, he considered moving away from his hometown.

But the immense response from the Corvallis community with hundreds helping in search and investigation efforts quickly changed his mind.

Hansen works as an assistant director of development for the OSU Foundation. He said he's always moved when seeing students wearing pink "findbrooke.com" bracelets.

"Seeing students with them on, that's neat," he said. "Brooke wasn't an OSU student, but that doesn't matter."

He said he often approaches students wearing the bracelets and compliments them.

"I'll never be able to thank enough people," he said.

Hansen said the Wilberger family is well aware of statistics involving kidnapped victims, but at this point, there is no reason for them to believe Brooke isn't still alive.

In time, Hansen said, he hopes that there will at least be closure, an answer, be it for better or worse. He said her 20th birthday was in February.

"Brooke is a very caring individual," Hansen smiled. "She is the glue to our family."

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