Reward tops $10,000 in search for missing Family Dollar clerk

The reward for information about the whereabouts of a missing dollar store employee has topped $10,000, officials announced Wednesday.

Investigators are still searching for 20-year-old Brenna Kathleen Machus, of Romulus, an employee discovered missing from the Family Dollar Store in Dearborn. Employees Tuesday morning found the store in disarray and police discovered the body of another employee, 20-year-old Dearborn resident Joseph Orlando, who had been shot.

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, officials announced that Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a $11,100 reward for information about Machus’ whereabouts and a $2,500 reward leading to an arrest. A $1,000 bonus will be added to such information received by midnight, said John Broad, president of Crime Stoppers of Michigan.

He asked for any information — “even the slightest information, any clue.”

Family members of both Orlando and Machus — who had been working together at the store Monday night — stood behind Dearborn police and Broad at the news conference.

Some held each other, weeping quietly.

Machus’ mother, Lisa Machus, spoke of her daughter, whom she called a “shining star” who is “loved by many.”

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