Man charged with murder after calling TV station, confessing to 33-year-old crime

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MILWAUKEE — A Wisconsin man was charged with murder, 33 years after a 13-year-old girl disappeared, after he called a TV station and discussed the case in disturbing detail.

According to ABC News, 50-year-old Jose Ferreira was arrested and charged with murder on Oct. 12.

Earlier that same day, Ferreira called his wife, the TV station WISN-Milwaukee and a mental health crisis hotline to discuss Carrie Ann Jopek’s death.

Jopek went missing in March of 1982 after she was suspended from school for walking in the halls without a pass.

The girl’s mother, Carolyn Tousignant, said she didn’t pick her daughter up from school because they lived just a block away. Tousignant said she suspected that her daughter got suspended on purpose so she could party at a neighbor’s house with her friends.

Jopek never came home that night.

According to police documents obtained by ABC News, Ferreira said he had been drinking at the party and saw Jopek take a puff of marijuana. Jopek then asked Ferreira if he wanted to go downstairs where he assumed they would make out.

Jopek then had second thoughts about going downstairs and wanted to turn back. That’s when Ferreira said he looked at Jopek and said, “you are going downstairs.”

ABC News reported that Ferreira confessed to pushing the girl down the stairs. When he saw that she wasn’t moving, he said he saw that as, “an opportunity.”

Ferreira told police he fondled Jopek. However, Ferreira told a crisis counselor that he “had his way with her” and told the news director at WISN that he had sex with her.

He then buried the girl underneath the back porch of the home.

Ferreira was charged with second-degree murder and is facing a 20-year prison sentence.

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