Cynthia Hoffman (19) was killed at Thunderbird falls in Alaska on June 2. Six suspects are on trial for the murder. Among them is the suspected brain, 21-year-old Darin Schilmiller from Indiana. He promised 18-year-old Denali Brehmer $9 million for the murder of her best friend, Cynthia Hoffman.
Denali Brehmer, from Anchorage, had established a relationship online with someone posing as a millionaire “Tyler” from Kansas. In reality, his name was Darin Schilmiller, he was from Indiana and he was not a millionaire at all.
Schilmiller would have offered Brehmer $9 million if she were to come off the murder of Cynthia Hoffman with video and photo evidence. According to court documents, the two weeks prior to Hoffman’s murder already “planned to rape and murder someone in Alaska.”
The 19-year-old Cynthia Hoffman was chosen as a victim. She was found dead at Thunderbird Falls on June 4, half an hour from Anchorage. Brehmer and Kayden McIntosh (16) would have taken her there on the pretext that they would go for a walk along the river Eklutna.
Hoffman’s mouth was taped, her arms and legs tied. It was McIntosh who would have killed her with a bullet in the back of the head. Brehmer was in contact with Schilmiller the whole time and sent him pictures and video footage of the massacre.
Also, 19-year-old Caleb Leyland from Anchorage and two other minors have been charged with accessory to the murder. Brehmer had recruited four friends with the promise that they would get a “significant share” of Schilmiller’s millions. Leyland would have promised them $500,000 for borrowing his car to kidnap Hoffman.
Schilmiller is in custody on charges of child pornography. He allegedly abused eight-year-old children. His involvement in the murder trial came to light after pornographic photos of underage girls were also found on Brehmer’s iPhone. Schilmiller would also have ordered Brehmer to send him evidence of rape of minors – someone 8 or 9 and someone 15 years old.
Alaska has requested the extradition of Schilmiller. The other five defendants are due to appear in court next Tuesday.
Timothy Hoffman, the victim’s father, said in court that his daughter had a learning disability. She was an “angel,” a “daddy’s girl,” he testified.