Police identify skull of 2014 Craigslist killing victim

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Police say a skull found in western Michigan is that of a man shot and decapitated in 2014 by a man who also abducted and killed his pregnant girlfriend.

The Wyoming Department of Public Safety said Wednesday that dental records identified the skull of 25-year-old Charles Oppenneer, who was slain in Wyoming in July 2014. A farmer found the skull March 26 in rural northern Kent County.

Oppenneer was found decapitated in a park a day before the body of 18-year-old Brooke Slocum was found in the trunk of a car belonging to 31-year-old Brady Oestrike of Wyoming. Slocum was eight months pregnant. Oestrike fatally shot himself after crashing the car while fleeing police.

Police say Slocum connected with Oestrike for a sexual encounter through the online service Craigslist.

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