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Timothy Hoffman (left) died on June 2, 2024, in a motorcycle ride meant to commemorate his late daughter, Cynthia "CeeCee" Hoffman. (Image of Timothy Hoffman: Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP; image of Cynthia Hoffman: Anchorage Polcie Department)

‘Almost too unbelievable to be true’: Father of victim in catfish murder plot dies on motorcycle ride meant to commemorate her

Timothy Hoffman (left) died on June 2, 2024, in a motorcycle ride meant to commemorate his late daughter, Cynthia “CeeCee” Hoffman. (Image of Timothy Hoffman: Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP; image of Cynthia Hoffman: Anchorage Polcie Department)

Timothy Hoffman, the father of murder victim Cynthia “CeeCee” Hoffman, died last Sunday in a tragic motorcycle crash, during an annual ride intended to commemorate his daughter. It was five years since her death.

“Investigation revealed Timothy Hoffman Sr., age 58 of Anchorage, was riding with a passenger and lost control of his motorcycle as he was northbound passing S. Rainbow Street, leaving the left shoulder of the road and rolling into the center median,” Alaska state troopers said in a statement. “Timothy wasn’t wearing a helmet; his passenger was wearing a full-face helmet.”

That passenger was his wife, Barbara “Jeanie” Hoffman, family said in a report from The Anchorage Daily News. Her brother-in-law, Robert Hoffman, reportedly said she had begun to find closure in her daughter’s death, and that was one of the reasons why she joined her husband on his bike that Sunday.

Troopers said that both the driver and passenger were unresponsive at the scene and were moved to a hospital, having suffered life-threatening injuries. Hoffman was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Jeanie Hoffman sustained skull fractures, a broken back, and other broken bones, even with the helmet, Robert Hoffman’s fiancee Tanya Chaison reportedly said. She was in critical condition, was sedated, and received surgery last Sunday, requiring more surgeries in the future.

“I am deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Tim Hoffman on the fifth anniversary of Cynthia Hoffmann’s murder,” Patrick McKay, a lead prosecutor on some of the cases connected to the murder, reportedly said. “It seems almost too unbelievable to be true.”

As previously reported, an array of people were charged with killing Hoffman, who was developmentally disabled. This included the victim’s “best friend” Denali Dakota Skye Brehmer. Co-defendant Darin Schilmiller was not at the scene of the June 2, 2019 murder near Thunderbird Falls on the banks of the Eklutna River, but he was charged as the mastermind. Posing online as a man named “Tyler,” he had offered Brehmer $9 million to kidnap and kill one of her friends. In actuality, however, “Tyler” was a broke, unemployed Indiana resident living in his grandparents’ basement.

Brehmer was sentenced to 99 years in an Alaska state court for the murder and to 30 years in federal court for conspiracy to make child sexual abuse material at Schilmiller’s behest. Schilmiller was sentenced to 99 years for the murder, with the possibility of parole after 45. He has still yet to be sentenced for the aforementioned abuse-material case, with the hearing set for Aug. 7.

Caleb Leyland and Kayden McIntosh have pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree in connection to the incident.

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