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    MI - Brittany Beers, 6, Sturgis, 16 Sept 1997

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/..._brittney.html



    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    Missing Since: September 16, 1997 from Sturgis, Michigan
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: August 1, 1991
    Age: 6 years old
    Height and Weight: 4'0, 45 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Blonde hair, blue eyes. Brittney was missing her four upper baby teeth at the time of her 1997 disappearance. She often wore her hair pulled back into a ponytail.
    <LI>Clothing Description: A white tank top or t-shirt with a floral design, pink tie-dyed shorts and white tennis shoes with a pink design on the sides at the time of her disappearance. Her shoelaces had a red stripe down the center.



    Details of Disappearance
    Brittney was playing outside of her family's residence at Village Manor Apartments during the evening hours of September 16, 1997. She went outside to ride her bicycle at approximately 7:30 p.m. Brittney's mother, Tina Stetler, left to run errands at approximately 8:30 p.m. and saw her daughter riding her bicycle around the neighborhood at that time. Brittney's half-brother told authorities that he saw his sister sitting on a bench about five minutes after their mother departed. A witness told investigators that he saw Brittney speaking to an unidentified male driving a red or brown mid-size vehicle shortly thereafter. Brittney walked over to the witness and told him that she "made a new friend." Brittney has never been seen again.
    Stetler returned home at approximately 9:05 p.m. and asked Brittney's brother to find her. The authorities were summoned when the child could not be located near the apartment complex, which is located on U.S. 12, the major thoroughfare through Sturgis. Brittney's bicycle was discovered abandoned shortly after she was last seen. Sketches of the unidentified man seen speaking to Brittney were distributed through the area in the days following her disappearance. It is not known if the man is connected to her case. He was in his late twenties or early thirties with short dark hair and a thick moustache and was driving either a mid-sized red car or a brown Renault. Police are still looking for the man; he is not being called a suspect, but a witness whom they would like to question.
    Michigan courts removed Brittney's older brother and younger sister from the family's home in 1998 after allegations of child physical and sexual abuse and neglect were issued. Brittney's father, Raymond Beers; his brother, James Beers; and Kevin Folsom, the father of one of her half-brothers, were allegedly involved in the abuse of the children. Folsom is now in prison for molesting Brittney. Her case received more publicity in 2000 after the arrest of a St. Clair Shores, Michigan man who had images of child pornography saved on his computer. One of the victims resembled Brittney, but was later determined not to be the missing girl. Brittney's case remains open and unsolved.



    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Sturgis Police Department
    616-651-3231




    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    The Detroit Free Press
    The Holland Sentinel
    America's Most Wanted
    The South Bend Tribune
    Help Find Kidnapped Girl Brittney Ann Beers!
    North American Missing Persons Network





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    1999

    http://www.wndu.com/news/091999/news_491.php

    Where is Brittney Beers?


    Posted: 09/15/1999 05:24 pm
    Last Updated: 09/16/1999 09:10 am

    The search continues for a missing little girl from Sturgis. Two years ago, 6-year-old Brittney Beers disappeared from outside her house. Today, the search continues. But police admit, at times, it's been a discouraging and disheartening investigation. Wednesday, police released an age-enhanced photo -- what they believe an 8-year-old Brittney Beers would look like. This picture of Brittney is now on 500 trucks traveling across the country. 200 more posters plaster NASCAR and Hot Rod associate vehicles.

    Sturgis police chief Eugene Alli told newscenter 16, "We know with the passing of time people forget and we want the public and the family relatives to know that law enforcement has not forgotten." The Sturgis police department says the case remains a top priority. It is a case that has broken a community's heart.

    Alli added, “The tips have almost dried up. That’s a statement of fact. We live with this case everyday the family lives with the case every minute of the day.”

    And two years later, Brittney's family has gone through its own changes. Her mother Tina Stetler has lost custody of Brittney and her sister and brother.

    Alli stated: “A girl of six-years-old does not disappear off the face of this earth. Someone knows what happened to her. We need that person or persons to call to make the most important call of their life.”

    Almost 800 tips have come in about Brittney Beers. But again those tips have now wittled down to nothing. Sturgis police say this case remains their top priority. FBI, county, and state are also assisting, and a $30,000 reward has been posted for information on Brittney Beers location. If you have any information you can call Sturgis police at 616-651-3231.


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    http://www.wndu.com/news/092000/news_3596.php

    Police may have lead in Brittney Beers case


    Posted: 09/08/2000 12:26 pm
    Last Updated: 09/08/2000 09:04 pm

    Sturgis, MI - Three years ago, 6-year-old Brittney Beers went missing in Sturgis on September 16, 1997. The case has baffled police and has kept a community hoping for answers to her mysterious disappearance.

    The little blond-haired girl disappeared in September of 1997. She was last seen in Sturgis sitting on a bus-stop bench outside her home three years ago. For three long years, the entire community has wondered what happened to her.

    Pornography arrest
    On Friday, Sturgis police said they may have found pictures of her as a result of a pornography arrest. The latest lead stems from a child pornography case in Macomb County, north of Detroit. Photographs found in the possession of the suspect bore resemblance to Brittney Beers. Macomb County Prosecutors sought help in identifying the girl pictured. The request caught the attention of police in Sturgis. The girl in the picture is believed to be about six years old and she is believed to be the subject of serious abuse.

    “Some of the pictures in a way resembled Brittney Beers. We’re currently following up on that lead. We want to emphasize this is a lead, not absolute positive identification – contrary to what some people have said,” said Sturgis Police Chief Eugene Alli.

    Neither Sturgis nor Macomb County police have arrived at a final conclusion. The picture of the unidentified girl was one of many found on the computer of 41-year-old Russell Tombs, who now faces criminal charges of child pornography. He is not talking to Macomb County investigators who made the arrest.

    Cautiously optimistic
    In comparing photos of the unidentified girl and Brittney Beers, the Sturgis police department at this time remains cautiously optimistic that this could provide a break in the case although that is by no means a certainty.

    “We've had these peaks and valleys before. We've been there, had names that were supposedly identical same age, different parts of the country, only to find out there was a child by that name, but was not our missing child,” said Alli.

    Striking resemblance, but girl may not be Beers
    “The photos of Brittney Beers that have been forwarded to the police department do bear a striking resemblance to the child pictured in these photos, however, it is not exact,” said Carl Marlinga, Macomb County Prosecutor. Marlinga says the general consensus among investigators is that Beers is not the girl in the picture. They say the unidentified girl appears to be no more than six years old, and that the photos are recent. Brittney Beers today would be nine years old.

    “Right now most of the people who have looked at it believe it is not the same child, but of course it could be. We don’t know when these photos were made. That’s part of the problem,” said Marlinga.

    Even if it does turn out to be Brittney, police have only found the pictures, not the girl. There's nothing in the pictures to indicate where the pictures were taken, nor who took the pictures.

    Contact information
    Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Sturgis Police Department at 616-651-3231 or the Kalamazoo FBI Office at 616-349-9607.


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    not her

    . . .Police: Unidentified girl is not Brittney Beers
    Posted: 09/11/2000 03:36 pm
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    Sturgis, MI - An unidentified girl in a photograph is not Brittney Beers, according to Sturgis police. The picture was one of many found on the computer of 41-year-old Russell Tombs, who now faces criminal charges of child pornography . . .
    http://www.wndu.com/news/092000/news_3631.php


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    coincidence?

    SUSPECT STILL ON THE LOOSE


    The suspect in a weekend abduction and sexual assault remains on the loose this morning.

    This occurred in the same apartment complex as another high-profile kidnapping.

    The boy was taken from the same complex where six-year-old Brittney Beers was abducted back in 1997.

    FOX 28's Mike Brookbank found out police are calling it a coincidence ... and they're doing their best to keep the community focused on this latest abduction. . .
    http://www.fox28.com/php/article.php?news_id=9421


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    additional info

    It also appears there is a myspace account under the name "Brittney Beers"

    Note: Sorry for so many posts but I felt that the posts needed to be kept separate to avoid blurring the subjects into one big mess.


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    Here's a link to her myspace. You have to be on her friends list to see her entire profile but you can see her picture. The age is close, but I don't think she really looks like the age progression picture.

    http://www.myspace.com/brittney0508


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    try this one

    Quote Originally Posted by Paradise
    Here's a link to her myspace. You have to be on her friends list to see her entire profile but you can see her picture. The age is close, but I don't think she really looks like the age progression picture.

    http://www.myspace.com/brittney0508
    Try this link
    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...iendid=4979251

    Wait a bit as it was slow to load for me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by docwho3
    Try this link
    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...iendid=4979251

    Wait a bit as it was slow to load for me.
    That girl is 21. Brittney was born in 1991, so this can't be her.


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    truth about age on a myspace account?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paradise
    That girl is 21. Brittney was born in 1991, so this can't be her.
    Correct . . . .if she was telling the truth about age, and I can't yet say I know of very many people who told the truth about their age on a myspace account.

    However, I was never putting this person forth as the missing person so much as posting the fact that the account existed because it came up in my search results. I do find it to be one of those interesting coincidences that I run into once in awhile when researching a case.


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    There is a Brittney Beers on Facebook as well. The school says SD State 08'. Of course, in order to use Facebook, you have to be a university or high school student with a email address at your college/school, she would have to be a student there to get the facebook account. Therefore, it is not likely to be the missing Brittney.


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    sense

    Quote Originally Posted by anthrobones
    There is a Brittney Beers on Facebook as well. The school says SD State 08'. Of course, in order to use Facebook, you have to be a university or high school student with a email address at your college/school, she would have to be a student there to get the facebook account. Therefore, it is not likely to be the missing Brittney.
    Makes sense.


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    The original link that I had posted was to a myspace account belonging to a Brittney Beers who was 15.


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    Nine Years Missing

    The case of a missing Michiana girl remains open nearly a decade after she disappeared.

    On Saturday, it was exactly nine years ago when Brittney Beers vanished from her Sturgis apartment community.

    On the anniversary, Sturgis Police are renewing their commitment to the case.

    Despite receiving more than 1,000 tips, Beers' disappearance remains a mystery.

    Investigators say they will continue to work on this case until its solved, and they still encourage people to call in tips.

    http://www.fox28.com/News/index.php?ID=4458


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    Thanks for taking the time to post about Brittney. I often think of her and wonder what became of her.


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    I came across this today and thought it was very nicely done.



    click on the pic to enlarge it.

    http://good-times.webshots.com/photo...9127EJlqLMhSTG
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