Denali Brehmer Wiki
Denali Brehmer is accused of murdering her best friend Cynthia Hoffman, 19, on June 2, with help from Caleb Leyland, 19, 16-year-old Kayden McIntosh, and two unnamed teens.
Why? Five suspects charged in death of Alaska mentally disabled woman, feet duct taped & shot in the head https://t.co/nlIaTqlEm6 #Cynthia Hoffman #Denali Brehmer #Caleb Leyland #Kayden McIntosh #Thunderbird Falls #Anchorage #Alaska
— Scallywagandvagabond (@ScallywagNYC) June 10, 2019
Denali Brehmer Age
She is 18 Years Old
Denali Brehmer Killer
Five people have been arrested in the killing of a mentally disabled 19-year-old woman who they say was duct taped, shot in the back of the head and tossed into a river after being invited on a hike by a friend.
Denali Brehmer Remarks After Murder
Caleb Leyland, 19, is the third teen accused of murder in the what police now say is the premeditated killing of Cynthia “CeeCee” Hoffman. Leyland and co-defendant Denali Brehmer are graduates of Anchorage-area high schools. pic.twitter.com/asf0RojrLg
— Jill Burke (@jillburkealaska) June 10, 2019
‘I know I did something wrong and I know I could have probably done something different if I was able to and I don’t want my daughter knowing that her mom grew up a killer because I don’t see myself as one,’ said Brehmer at the arraignment on Saturday, according to KTUU.
Police say that she and the other four suspects schemed together to murder Hoffman and then cover their tracks.
The group invited Hoffman to join them on a hike through the popular Thunderbird Falls trail, in the Chugiak area, northeast of Anchorage.
It was there the 19-year-old, who only had the mental age of a seventh grader, was shot dead, according to police.
Investigators found Hoffman’s body two days later. Her feet were still bound by duct tape.
Grieving dad Timothy Hoffman watches Denali Brehmer, one of his daughter’s accused killers, walk into jail court. Victim Cynthia “CeeCee” Hoffman’s photo lays on the railing. pic.twitter.com/6eUcG3j3F8
— Jill Burke (@jillburkealaska) June 9, 2019
The suspects initially tried to throw off suspicion by using Hoffman’s cellphone to text her family so it appeared she was still alive and had gone to another location, investigators said. Then they drove to Lions Park in northeast Anchorage and burned Hoffman’s belongings.
All Fiver Arrested and Charges
Brehmer and McIntosh were arrested initially and charged with first-degree murder and evidence tampering. Brehmer then told police about the other suspects’ alleged involvement, leading to the arrests of Leyland and the two unnamed juveniles.
Leyland, 19, and the two teens; one male and one female, were taken into custody in Anchorage on Sunday.
According to court records, 18-year-old Denali Brehmer admitted to detectives the trip to Thunderbird Falls with Cynthia Hoffman and Kayden McIntosh was planned and that she told McIntosh to shoot Hoffman. https://t.co/BwRmAk1LS3
— KTVA 11 News (@ktva) June 9, 2019
Police have not provided a motive for the deadly attack on Hoffman.
But her family were horrified at Hoffman’s ruthless murder.
‘All I know is that my daughter didn’t deserve all this,’ said Hoffman’s father, Timothy.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- “Denali Brehmer”, 18, is accused of murdering her best friend “Cynthia Hoffman“, 19, on June 2
- “Caleb Leyland”, 19, “Kayden McIntosh”, 16, and two juveniles allegedly helped her
- Leyland told police after his arrest that he and the others all agreed to kill Hoffman, who operated intellectually at a seventh-grade level
- After Hoffman was killed and tossed in the Eklutna River, McIntosh and Brehmer allegedly used her phone to text her family and lie about her last sighting