Kristin Cavallari's Brother Michael Found Dead: A Timeline
By Zach Seemayer and Meredith B. Kile
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Kristin Cavallari's brother, Michael Cavallari, has been found dead, after being reported missing for nearly two weeks.
The 28-year-old reality star confirmed the news in a statement to ET on Thursday, saying, "We want to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers during this very difficult time. We have just been informed by the authorities my brother's body has been found. This is a very painful time and we are still processing it all. We kindly ask everyone please respect our privacy during our time of grieving."
To better understand this complicated situation, ET has assembled a timeline of the events that led to Michael's death.
March 27, 2014: Michael is arrested for driving under the influence.
Nov. 3, 2014: Michael pleads guilty to the DUI, and is sentenced to three years of probation.
Nov. 11, 2015: Michael allegedly gets into a "verbal dispute"with an unnamed woman. In a report from the Orange County Sheriff's Department obtained by ET, the informant told deputies that "she was in fear of [Michael]," but she said she did not initially contact the Sheriff's Department, "because she didn’t want to escalate the situation."
The informant told Sheriff's deputies that she heard a “tapping” on her door, and when she looked out the window, she saw Michael standing in the walkway between her apartment and the parking lot “with a shotgun pressed to his shoulder and the barrel raised parallel to the ground, aiming down the path.” The statement from the Sheriff’s Department adds, “While responding to the address, Michael Cavallari notified dispatch he had a shotgun and was going to Dana Point City Hall.”
Michael -- who allegedly had "a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath" when arrested, according to the Sheriff's Department report -- denied "doing anything or saying anything to the victim/informant."
Nov. 25, 2015: Michael is released from jail after making bail.
Nov. 27, 2015: A 2014 Honda Civic registered in Michael's name is found abandoned in Grand County, Utah, located 100 feet from Floy Wash Road, approximately five miles south of exit 175 on Interstate 70.
Receipts found in the vehicle show that Michael had recently purchased gas at a convenience store in Monticello, Utah, nearly 100 miles from where his car was found. Police obtain security camera footage of Michael pumping gas and entering the convenience store, marking the last time Michael was seen.
Dec. 7, 2015: Kristin takes to Instagram to share a throwback photo of herself and her brother when they were young. Kristin captioned the photo, "I appreciate all the concern, thoughts, and prayers that have been extended to me and my family. We remain hopeful and I will share any news that we receive. I have such gratitude for all those that have shared their support."
Dec. 10, 2015: Michael is found dead in Grand County, Utah.
"We want to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers during this very difficult time. We have just been informed by the authorities my brother's body has been found," Kristin confirmed in a statement to ET. "This is a very painful time and we are still processing it all. We kindly ask everyone please respect our privacy during our time of grieving."
According to the Grand County Sheriff's Office, search crews located remains believed to be that of Michael at approximately 10:30 a.m on Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Salt Wash area of Grand County, amidst "steep and very rocky" terrain. The body is transported to the Office of the Utah Medical Examiner for positive identification, and to determine the cause of death.
"My heart is in a million pieces," she wrote. "Mikey, I could always count on you to make me laugh. You had such a good heart and will be forever missed. I'm at a loss for words but I know u are in a better place and finally at peace. I love u so much RIP."