West Valley Murder

Cupertino (CA)--On Wednesday January 18, 2017, 70-year old Gin Lu “Tommy” Shwe was reported missing by his family to West Valley Patrol deputies. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Homicide&Major Crimes detectives followed a trail of leads that led to the arrest of Christopher Ellebracht and the discovery of Mr. Shwe’s strangled body in a shallow grave in Tulare County. The arrest came after detectives learned Ellebracht attempted to cash a $10,000 dollar check from Mr. Shwe’s account and was observed on video purchasing a shovel at Home Depot the morning of Mr. Shwe’s reported disappearance. Ellebracht will be arraigned for murder, financial elder abuse, and forgery in Superior Court later this afternoon.

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