Joshua Wirgau: Michigan sex offender arrested days before Brynn Bills' body was found
The home in the backyard of which Bills' remains were found belongs to Joshua Wirgau. He has been named a 'person of interest' in the case
ALPENA COUNTY, MICHIGAN: An 18-year-old woman from Michigan, Brynn Bills, was reported missing in early August. Michigan State Police announced on Wednesday, September 29, that human remains were found buried in the backyard of a home in Alpena Township and are believed to be that of Bills'. The remains were identified based on her tattoos.
The home in the backyard of which Bills' remains were found belongs to Joshua Wirgau. He has been named a "person of interest" in the case. As of now, however, no evidence has been found to prove that Wirgau and Bills had any ties.
Who is Joshua Wirgau?
Wirgau, 34, had been arrested on unrelated charges just days before Bills' remains were found on his property. Michigan Sex Offender Registry has confirmed that Wirgau is a registered sex offender who was convicted in February 2009 of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree of a person between the ages of 13 and 15. In May of the same year, he was again convicted of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree.
Wirgau is now being held in the Alpena County Jail without bond, in connection with an incident that happened earlier this week. He has been charged with unlawful imprisonment and felonious assault. State police have confirmed that there are other persons of interest who they are talking to in connection with their investigation.
Cryptic Facebook posts
Now, chilling messages posted by Bills have come to the fore, in which she talked about toxic relationships and feeling controlled. Posted online, these messages say quite a bit about her state of mind before her body was dug up from the backyard of the Michigan home. Her autopsy results have not been declared yet.
"God please remove anybody lying to me, using me, speaking foul on me behind my back but pretending to love me in my face. amen," read one of her posts. She also shared an article that had the caption, "10 alarming signs that indicate the beginning of unhealthy affection. Don't let yourself fall into the trap of toxic relationships." On May 4, she wrote, "I only want people around me who love me OUT LOUD, in my face AND behind my back!"
On May 1, Bills posted a picture of a lion roaring in the face of a monkey, captioning it, "Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace." "I'm a really forgiving person so if i stop talking to you, you really went too far," she posted on the same day.
Meanwhile, with a number of unnerving social media posts shared by Bills before her death, here is what we know about her from her Instagram page: Bills had been in a relationship with Austin Meese. Her bio reads 'Stay trippy lil hippie', accompanied by "𝐻𝒾𝓈 ➳ @austin.meese5602", with a lock and a heart emoji. 9 and 10 News reported that a search warrant was being executed by state police on Naylor Road in Alpena Township in connection with the teen's death after they received an anonymous tip.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family of Brynn Bills with the expenses they need. "Our beautiful Brynn is now a beautiful angel. Donations received will go towards final arrangements," reads a post on the page. Till the writing of this article, $4,768 had been raised of $10,000 goal.