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Investigators said Brooke Buchler told several people days before her death that she had been raped by a man she knew and that two men, Cody Matthews and Dylan Craddock, had severely beaten the accused rapist when she told them. .
Months after a Louisiana waitress, Brooke Buchler, was found dead, police reports reveal that she was murdered because she knew of another crime.
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Brooke Buchler, 25, was reported missing on August 22, 2020 and was found dead by an squatter in the former Naval Support Activities building the next day.
Brooke Buchler a waitress from Slidell
Buchler, a Slidell waitress, was found shot in the head at the base. She was found with a large metal tube in her hair, according to a police report according to WWL-TV.
“The woman was lying face down on the ground, she did not react and had blood on her face and right arm,” says the police report.
The report also cited “a bloody handprint on the doorframe where the victim was.”
Dylan Craddock, 27, and Cody Matthews, 33, were charged with second-degree murder in Buchler’s death in October. Both have pleaded not guilty and are due to go to trial next month.
Police said the two men wanted to silence Buchler, who knew that she nearly beat to death a man they believed she had raped them. It is not immediately clear if the beating victim is the same man Buchler accused of raping her.
Police say Buchler was with the two men at a hotel in St. Bernard Parish on Aug. 21, the day before her disappearance.
“As a result of the indictment, Dylan Craddock and Cody Matthews severely beat the [man] in Buchler’s apartment,” police wrote.
Authorities said the 27-year-old beating victim was also stabbed to death before being thrown into a swamp. She managed to survive and made her way to a hospital, but she has not cooperated with police since her release, they said.
It is unclear why the man was at Buchler’s apartment. The Slidell Police Department said the beating victim was an “acquaintance” of Buchler, but her friends say they were in a short-term romantic relationship and may have stayed together.
It was also alleged that they met on Tinder.
Police said Craddock’s cell phone records show that he spoke with Buchler on the morning of Aug. 21 and was close to where she was found that same night.
The next morning, he wrote to her mother to make a drop and leave her cell phone with her to create an alibi, police say.
But he had photos showing him and Matthews in the abandoned building a week earlier, police said, suggesting they knew about the building long before Buchler’s disappearance and discovery.
After Craddock and Matthews were arrested, Matthews called from the prison where he claimed he was present when Craddock killed Buchler, police said.
Matthews also reportedly asked the police for immunity in exchange for the location of the murder weapon.
Craddock and Matthews were charged with kidnapping and attempted murder in the flogging of the unarrested accused rapist.
Craddock is being held on a $ 1 million bond, while Matthews is being held on a $ 625,000 bond.
Both could face life sentences if convicted of murder, while the attempted murder charge could carry them to 50 years in prison and kidnappings to up to 40 years in prison.
Buchler’s mother spoke of her daughter’s death after the funeral. “I don’t know if she knew how much it meant to so many people,” Cristin Naquin told CBS 8.
“I think we were all impressed by the people that came out,” she added. As far as I know they were both already in jail for alleged attempted murder / kidnapping, just new charges.
Brennan, a brother, said at the time that she was like a “second mother.”
“It was just me, mom and her in the house and mom was working,” he said.