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UPDATE: MSP Alpena Post assists in search of murder victim

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on July 11, 2018 – 4:25 pmNo Comment


On June 30, 2018, the Michigan State Police Alpena Post was requested to assist the Midland City Police Department with locating a 74-year-old female, Victoria Jean Kilbourne, who had been reported as missing and endangered from Midland.

The last reported contact with Kilbourne was on June 25, 2018.  Investigators were able to determine Kilbourne had ties to the Presque Isle County area.

The Midland Police Department requested assistance from the Michigan State Police cadaver dog in the search of a property in Onaway, Presque Isle County.  An area of interest was determined, and the Michigan State Police Crime Lab was also requested.

The Crime Lab recovered a body confirmed to be Victoria Jean Kilbourne.

On July 1, 2018, the Midland Police Department announced that Kilbourne was found deceased and that a person of interest was in custody in connection with the death. On July 3, 2018, MPD confirmed that Kilbourne’s death was a homicide.

Midland Police investigators developed a person of interest, 33-year-old Joel Brandon Wallace, a Reese resident, who is the great-nephew to the victim and on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry list.

Wallace, previously known as Joel Brandon Trump, was taken into custody on June 30, 2018, by the Reese Police Department on unrelated charges. He was arraigned on July 3, 2018 in Tuscola County District Court on three counts of felon in possession of a firearm, three counts of possessing a firearm while committing a felony and driving while license suspended/revoked/denied. He was lodged in the Tuscola County Jail on a $750,000 cash bond.

On 7-9-18, Wallace was arrested and arraigned in Midland County on the following charges:  Homicide-Murder First Degree-premeditated; if convicted, the penalty is life without parole.   Homicide Felony, if convicted, the penalty is life without parole.  Unlawful imprisonment, a felony, if convicted, the penalty is 15 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

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