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Man Calls TV Station to Confess to Murder 33 Years Later

Jose Ferreira was arrested Oct. 12, a day after his wife went to police in suburban Milwaukee and told them he had called her and described what he had done

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    Man Calls TV Station to Confess to Murder 33 Years Later
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    Carolyn Tousignant holds a photo of her daughter, Carrie Ann Jopek, at her home Monday in Milwaukee.

    A man charged with murder in the 1982 disappearance of a 13-year-old Milwaukee girl called a TV station to confess, then allegedly told police he pushed the teen down a flight of stairs because she didn't want to kiss him and "had his way with her" before realizing she was dead.

    The criminal complaint reveals details of a long-dormant case that resurfaced last week after a TV station reported that 50-year-old Jose Ferreira called its newsroom and discussed the case in disturbing detail.

    Ferreira was arrested Oct. 12, a day after his wife went to police in suburban Milwaukee and told them he had called her and described what he had done, according to the complaint. The same day his wife went to police, Ferreira called WISN-Milwaukee and a mental health crisis hotline and discussed the death of Carrie Ann Jopek.

    Carrie Ann disappeared 33 years ago, in March 1982, after getting suspended from school for walking the halls without a pass. Her mother, Carolyn Tousignant, said she thinks her daughter got kicked out on purpose so she could party at a neighbor's house with other teens who had ditched school.

    Prosecutors say Jose Ferreira is responsible for the death of 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek, who went missing in 1982.
    Photo credit: Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office via AP

    Tousignant said she had the option of picking her daughter up from the school's office, but chose not to since they lived only a block away. The seventh-grader never came home.

    According to the police document, Ferreira had been drinking with others at the neighbor's party and gave Carrie Ann marijuana. Ferreira said he watched her take a puff. Carrie Ann then asked if he wanted to go to the basement, where Ferreira said he assumed they would make out.

    Before they went downstairs, Carrie Ann had second thoughts and said, "I don't know if this is a good idea," Ferreira told police.

    Ferreira said he looked at her "sternly and said: 'You are going downstairs,'" according to the document.

    Ferreira confessed to shoving Carrie Ann and allegedly told police he saw her hit the railing and wall and fall to the basement floor. He said she wasn't moving when he walked down the stairs.

    Ferreira said he thought she was "knocked out," and that he saw that as "an opportunity."

    He told a detective he fondled Carrie Ann and revealed to a crisis counselor, according to the document, he "had his way with her." Chris Gegg, news director at WISN 12, said Monday that Ferreira told a morning show producer he had sex with the teen.

    According to the police document, Ferreira realized Carrie Ann's neck was broken when he picked her up from the floor and saw her head was turned unnaturally.

    He told authorities he buried her underneath the back porch.

    Tousignant has said she went to the home while looking for her daughter. She said she went to the front door and believes that if she had gone to the back, she could have found Carrie Ann.

    The case went cold for 17 months until someone repairing the porch came across the teen's body.

    Police considered Ferreira and others as suspects, but never filed charges until Ferreira's recent confession.

    Ferreira has been charged with second-degree murder and faces 20 years in prison. He has been held in the Milwaukee County Jail.

    Attorney Melissa Nepomiachi, who appeared in court as Ferreira's public defender on Saturday, said she won't be handling the case in the future. The Public Defender's Office will appoint someone else, and the office declined comment Monday, Nepomiachi said.