Officials: Witness comes forward in Chelsea Bruck case
A person police describe as a potential witness has stepped forward in the investigation of Chelsea Bruck’s disappearance and death, Monroe County authorities said.
The Sheriff’s Office on Thursday released pictures of a male believed to have attended the same Halloween party in Frenchtown Township where the 22-year-old was last spotted on Oct. 26, 2014.
After months of extensive searching, her body was found April 24, 2015, about 12 miles away in a wooded lot on Briar Hill Road in Ash Township, investigators said. Authorities consider the case a homicide, though a cause of death has not been established.
Throughout their probe, the Sheriff’s Office focused on interviewing people who might have interacted with Chelsea at the gathering.
The male attendee whose photos were released Thursday “is believed to have additional investigative information for detectives,” sheriff’s officials said in a statement. “... He was known to have spent time under the tent near the front of the stage where the bands played while at the party.”
Within hours, sheriff’s officials identified and contacted the party-goer, the department said in a post on its Facebook page.
“The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the media and citizens for their quick response,” Detective Sgt. Jeff Pauli wrote in an email.
Other details were not released Thursday night.
“Please remember that we are continuing our investigation and this is another part of the process,” department officials wrote in the Facebook post.
News of the development, which came about a year after Bruck’s funeral, encouraged those who have followed the case.
“Praying daily for your entire family and this community! We need justice for Chelsea! She deserves justice!!” one user wrote on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. “Praying Monroe County can put whoever is responsible for such a deplorable act away for good!”