Woman Kills Her Friend After Being Catfished by Man Posing as Millionaire

Woman Kills Her Friend After Being Catfished by Man Posing as Millionaire

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ANCHORAGE, AK – Three adults, one teen, and two children, were indicted on Friday for charges related to the murder of a 19-year-old Anchorage, Alaska woman.

On Friday, June 14, 2019, Darin Schilmiller, 21, of New Salisbury, Indiana, Danali Brehmer, 18, of Anchorage, Alaska, Kayden McIntosh, 16, of Anchorage, Alaska, Caleb Leyland, 19, of Anchorage Alaska, and two 8 and 9-year-old children were indicted for Murder in the First Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the First Degree, and two counts of Murder in the Second Degree relating to the death of Cynthia Hoffman. In addition, Schilmiller and Brehmer were each indicted on a count of Solicitation to Commit Murder in the First Degree. Brehmer was further indicted on a count of Tampering with Physical Evidence and McIntosh was indicted on four counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence.

It is alleged the Schilmiller enticed, Brehmer who was Cynthia Hoffman’s best friend, to commit murder and send him photos or video for the sum of at least $9 million. Schilmiller was only known to Brehmer online and presented himself to her using a false name and pretending to be a millionaire. Brehmer told McIntosh, Leyland, and the 8 and 9-year-old children to assist in the planning and in carrying out the murder. Each of them who helped were promised a large amount of money for their part in the crime.

On June 2, 2019, Hoffman was taken to Thunderbird Falls for a hike. According to court records, McIntosh’s drove Leyland’s vehicle with Brehmer and Hoffman. When they got to the area near the Eklutna River, McIntosh allegedly shot Hoffman in the back of the head one time. Her body was then moved into the Eklutna River. Hoffman was reported missing but was located along the river bank near Thunderbird Falls trail on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

In addition to the murder charges, Brehmer and Schilmiller are also facing federal child pornography charges. The child pornography was only revealed during the investigation into the killing of Hoffman.  While investigators searched Brehmer’s phone for evidence related to the murder, they found photos of Brehmer sexually abusing an 8, 9, and 15-year-old. The Anchorage Police said that Schilmiller allegedly requested child pornography from Brehmer, who complied and sent the child pornography to him.


If convicted as charged, the defendants can face up to 99 years in prison for each of the murder charges, conspiracy to commit murder charge and solicitation to commit murder charge. Brehmer and McIntosh may face five additional years in prison for each of the tampering with physical evidence charges.


A warrant in the amount of $1 million has been issued for Schilmillers arrest. Brehmer, McIntosh, and Leyland are in the custody of the Department of Corrections and were arraigned on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 1:45 p.m. in superior court, both submitting a not guilty plea. John Doe and Jane Doe are in custody at this time. No further information on John Doe and Jane Doe is currently being provided.

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  • Cynthia Hoffman: Submitted Photo
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