Reward money for suspect in Family Dollar store murders has increased by thousands

DEARBORN, Mich., (WXYZ) - Crime Stoppers has announced they have increased the reward money for information that will lead investigators to the suspect who murdered two Family Dollar store employees.

A $2500 reward is being offered for tips in the shooting death of Joe Orlando and an additional $2500 is being offered for information regarding the homicide of Brenna Machus.

Family Dollar is offering an additional $10,000 for information that leads to Machus' killer.

The grand total of reward money for clues that will bring the murder or murders to justice is $15,000.

Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad confirms that the body recovered in a wooded area near the Southfield Freeway and Michigan Avenue is Brenna Machus, the missing Family Dollar store employee.

Earlier police had said there were 'similarities' to the 20-year-old woman.

Investigators responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call. The chief would not give specifics on that call.

"I feel rather enraged that we have another homicide in Dearborn at this time. It appears to be a female and there are similarities with the missing person," said Chief Haddad.         

The surrounding area was blocked off with police cars and crime scene tape. Authorities used canines to conduct a search for any additional evidence.

Police had been searching for Brenna Machus after finding her co-worker dead inside the Dearborn Family Dollar Store on Monday night.

Family Dollar store employee Joe Orlando, 20, was shot and killed execution-style on Monday night.

Crime Stoppers is reminding any one with information that their calls can be anonymous by dialing 1-800-SPEAK UP or visiting

A spokesperson for Crime Stoppers said they go to great lengths to ensure their callers confidentiality.


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