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Ron Noble Talks About Recovery of Murder Victim Brooke Wilberger (VIDEO)

The former Corvallis Police Lieutenant says he is relieved by the recovery of Brooke's remains, calling it bittersweet news.

Brooke Wilberger
Brooke Wilberger

(SALEM, Ore.) - McMinnville Police Chief Ron Noble was a Corvallis Police Lieutenant when Brooke Wilberger disappeared in May 2004. Her remains were recovered in recent days after a confession from her killer, Joel Courtney.

He avoided a death sentence by revealing the location of her remains.

I was a Photojournalist/Reporter with Portland, Oregon ABC station KATU at the time of Brooke's disappearance. Like many Oregon journalists, I went with search crews, interviewed many people, as we collectively did our best to get the information out to the public.

Over the five years of's existence, the story of Brooke Wilberger has surfaced many times.

The former Corvallis Police Lieutenant says he is relieved by the recovery of Brooke's remains, calling it is bittersweet news.

Her family waited a long time to learn what happened to their young daughter and now they know. It is a sad day in Oregon but any time that a missing person is located is a positive step.

This is the release that was issued Tuesday by the Benton County District Attorney's Office:

Information From Murder Suspect Leads to Discovery of Brooke Wilberger's

Here are previous stories on Brooke Wilberger and the suspect Joel Courtney:


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Michele Fritzler September 23, 2009 9:06 pm (Pacific time)

I did not see the writer/reporter's name on this article. Who wrote it?

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