Chelsea Bruck's mother pens letter after sentencing of daughter's killer

Daniel Clay sentenced to life in prison


DETROIT – The mother of Chelsea Bruck released a letter after Daniel Clay, the man that was convicted of killing her daughter in 2014, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.

Here's what the letter said:

Most of you may have heard of my daughter, Chelsea Ellen Bruck, from Maybee, Michigan.

Chelsea went to a large Halloween party in October 2014 and never came home. She was found murdered in

April 2015. An arrest was made in July 2016 and the murder trial took place in May 2017 with a guilty verdict.
Being a family of faith we believe there is a reason for everything, and the loss of our daughter/sister Chelsea comes with a very strong message from our Lord Jesus Christ. We live in a very fallen world and the amount of crime and violence is just getting worse. This is not the way our Lord and God intended us to live.

I do believe there is much more good in this world than bad because if I don’t the devil is winning and I refuse to let him win in my life and the lives around me.

I wrote “Choices” on May 21, 2015 after our Lord Jesus Christ woke me every night for almost a week. I realize he wanted me to get up and write this down because I could not remember all of it when I woke in the morning.

“Choices” is a direct message from God that if we do not take care of each other and look out for each other the devil will continue to win and take over. Our lives and this World we live in are a privilege that was given to all of us but it can be taken away very quickly.

With this letter you are receiving a copy of the “Choices” card and a photo of Chelsea. I hope you will consider posting this on your Facebook and web pages and asking your readers and followers to share it. Also, please share with your sister stations and sister newspapers. (You can see that here)

“Choices” is not just about one person disappearing, it is about all of us working together to stop crime and violence of all types.

Thank you,

Chelsea Ellen Bruck’s Mom

Timeline of events in Chelsea Bruck murder

Oct. 26, 2014: Chelsea Bruck vanishes from Halloween party in Monroe County
Bruck went missing on a Saturday night during a party on Post Road in Frenchtown Township. She was last seen wearing a Poison Ivy costume consisting of black pants and a leaf-covered top.

Oct. 29, 2014: Bruck's family, friends continue search

Nov. 2, 2014: Chelsea Bruck case: Police search for guards
Police searched for the security guards who were hired for the party.

Nov. 4, 2014: More info sought from party goers about missing Chelsea Bruck

Nov. 12, 2014: Reward now $5,000 in Chelsea Bruck case

Nov. 17, 2014: Chelsea Bruck's family appeals for help

Nov. 24, 2014: Reward grows to more than $17,000 in case of missing Chelsea Bruck

March 19, 2015: Authorities search Michigan game area for missing Chelsea Bruck
Dozens of law enforcement officers searched Pointe Mouillee Game Area in southeastern Michigan amid an effort to find Bruck.

April 5, 2015: New clue in missing Chelsea Bruck case
Police said they found what they believed to be a portion of Bruck's costume in the area of Peters Road and Vreeland in Flat Rock.

April 6, 2015: Helicopter, K9 search for Chelsea Bruck in Flat Rock

April 8, 2015: Family of missing Monroe County woman awaits information from police

April 24, 2015: Construction workers find body in rural Monroe County
Construction workers found the body around 2 p.m. Friday in a wooded area near train tracks in the village of Carleton. Officers from the Michigan State Police Crime Lab and Monroe County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene.

The construction crew was doing excavation work on a piece of property where a man is planning to build a house. The crew discovered the body while checking on a piece of equipment, police said.

April 25, 2015: Remains found in Monroe County identified as Chelsea Bruck
Dental records were used to confirm the remains belonged to Bruck, and investigators Saturday said evidence at the scene indicated a homicide.

April 22, 2016: Man denies seeing her, then says he accidentally killed her during sex

June 9, 2016: Witness comes forward after pictures released in connection to Chelsea Bruck case
After the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office released photos of a person who was at the party and may have had information, the witness made contact with authorities.

July 22, 2016: Monroe County Sheriff: 27-year-old Newport man in custody in Chelsea Bruck case
After an exhaustive investigation over nearly two years, a 27-year-old Newport man was taken into custody.

July 25, 2016: Suspect in Chelsea Bruck slaying: 'I don't want a bond'
At Daniel Clay's arraignment, he told the judge he didn't want a bond.

Nov. 2, 2016: 15 witnesses testify in Chelsea Bruck murder case
Fifteen witnesses testified during a preliminary hearing for Daniel Clay.

May 16, 2017: Jury finds Daniel Clay guilty of felony murder, concealing body in Chelsea Bruck murder case


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