Michigan man wanted in triple murder captured in West Frankfort

WEST FRANKFORT — According to reports, West Frankfort police have arrested a Michigan man wanted for triple homicide.

Kenneth Brunke (Source: FCSO)
Kenneth Brunke
(Source: FCSO)

Police Chief Shawn Talluto reports that Kenneth Daniel Brunke of Manistique, Michigan was taken into custody Sunday at a home in the 200 block of South Gardner Street.

Brunke was arrested on a Michigan warrant for three counts of homicide. Last Friday, Michigan State Police began investigating a fatal vehicle fire in Doyle Township.

The bodies of three people were found inside the burned vehicle. They were later identified as 42-year-old Jody Hutchinson of Gould City, Michigan, and sisters 31-year-old Carrie Nelson 31 and 25-year-old Heather Aldrich, both of the Newberry, Michigan area.

Michigan investigators contacted West Frankfort Police after Brunke was named a person of interest. West Frankfort officers began around-the-clock surveillance of Brunke early Friday.

Talluto says Brunke only left the home on Gardner Street twice before his arrest, once to go to a local fast food restaurant and once to a tire shop in Marion. Brunke is being held without bond at the Franklin County Jail