DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) - Family members of a missing woman and a murdered man are asking for the community's help in identifying a suspect in Tuesday's Dearborn Family Dollar case. On Wednesday, they joined authorities as rewards were announced.
“If you have heard anything, if you have seen anything please call crimestoppers or the Dearborn police,” pleaded Lisa Machus, the mother of missing Brenna Machus.
Family Dollar worker Joe Orlando, 20, was shot and killed execution-style on Monday night.
Wednesday, Alan Konkel, his grandfather, said his grandson had just started working at the store less an a week when he was killed.
“He got his life together,” said Konkel. “He got the job on Thursday. He was so happy. He was ecstatic by it.”
Konkel pleaded with the community to come for forward with any information on the murder.
Meanwhile, police have said they believe Brenna may be in danger.
Her mother, Lisa Machus, joined Brenna's best friend, Jennifer Forte to say they hope for the woman's safe return.
“There are so many people that need Brenna,” said Lisa Machus. “We love her and miss her and we want her home.”
“She’s a loving friend, a loving daughter, niece, in-law, cousin,” said Forte. “Anybody and everybody who knows her needs her back in her life.
More than $11,000 in reward money is being offered for information that leads to finding Brenna Kathleen Machus.
Additionally, a reward of $2,500 is being offered for any information that might lead to the arrest of a suspect. There is an additional $1,000 reward if that arrest comes by midnight Wednesday.
CRIME STOPPERS wants the public to know that tips can be anonymous.
They said they go to great lengths to keep everything confidential and that all of their phone calls are received in Canada and there are meticulous steps taken to assure confidentiality of the tipster.
“I’d rather not expend a lot of our police resources looking for them. I’d rather they come forward…at least we can get a better timeline on what occurred,” said Chief Ron Haddad.
Police have also asked Michigan State Police and federal investigators to assist in the investigation.
Tuesday, surveillance video from the Family Dollar was released in hopes that someone might identify the suspect.
If you have any information, you are urged to call 1-800-SPEAK-UP or visit www.1800speakup.com .
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