Alaskan “Catfish” For Murder

Denali Brehmer, 18, of Anchorage, Alaska

Today, three teens in Alaska are being arraigned on multiple charges including first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of second degree murder as well as other charges.

On June 2nd, Cynthia Hoffman, 19, accompanied Denali Brehmer, 18 and Kayden McIntosh, 16, on what was supposed to be a hike. Brehmer and McIntosh, however, had other plans.

She’d borrowed the truck she was driving from Caleb Leyland, 19, according to court documents, promising him $500,000 for the loan of the vehicle.

When Brehmer pulled the vehicle off to the side of the road along the Eklutna River near Thunderbird Falls, the plan went into action. Hoffman was secured, both hands and feet, with duct tape. Duct tape was also placed over her mouth and around her head.

Then Brehmer passed her firearm to McIntosh and instructed him to shoot her in the back of the head. Her body was then dumped into the river.

When Hoffman didn’t return home, her father reported her missing.

Two days later, on June 4th, her body was located having washed ashore further down the Eklutna River, still bound by duct tape, with a single gunshot wound to the back of her head.

Quickly, Brehmer and McIntosh were taken into custody. It was then that the true nature of this case began to be exposed.

Currently, there are six people facing various charges in connection to the murder of Hoffman, two of whom are minors, (one boy and one girl).

This whole dark plan was hatched after Brehmer met someone online named “Tyler” that presented himself as a multi-millionaire. After building a relationship, “Tyler” offered Brehmer $9 million if she would send him videos and photographs of a murder.

It was then that Brehmer began to make “a plan to rape and murder someone in Alaska,” according to court documents.

The indictment in this case alleges that the five teens got together either late May or early June to plan their crime.

“Tyler” has been revealed as Darin Schilmiller, 21, of Indiana and is currently being held in federal custody on charges related to child pornography. He is awaiting extradition to Alaska.

As a part of the deal, Schilmiller had also instructed Brehmer to sexually assault “and 8 or 9 year old” as well as a 15 year old and to send videos of the act to him. Brehmer confessed to having assaulted a 15 year old, and evidence was recovered from her phone.

Additional charges were leveled against Leyland with regards to the female minor. He stands charged with first degree sexual assault and second degree sexual abuse of a minor.

This case is clearly, still unfolding.