Another young woman has turned up missing after a car accident on a dark, rural highway - this time in Vermont.
Brianna Maitland, 17, of Sheldon, Vt., has disappeared after being involved in a one-car accident late at night on the East Berkshire Road in northern Vermont.
sounds like a similar incident when christa rolinger disappeared after wrecking hers dads car. thank god that christa is safe at home. lets all pray that this young lady is ok and is just scared to come home.
I hope we hear more about the woman's jacket & wallet that were found near the scene. Is that woman missing as well? I want to know.
Making no mistakes is what establishes the certainty of victory, for it means conquering an enemy that is already defeated. -Sun Tzu
I was just going to say the same thing---of the girl who was supposed to be working at a local ski resort, from out of town/country. Sad.Originally Posted by Hammerized
A forensics team from the Vermont State Police lab in Waterbury began poring over a missing teenager's car Tuesday to obtain possible evidence, including whether foul play may have been involved in her disappearance.
after reading the article it seems odd that someone drove the car part of the way into the barn, either there was someone following them and that is the point in which the switch over to an other vehicle could have occured, or maybe somewhere in the barn she could have been assulted and possibly buried there, either in the barn or around the general area, I wonder if there is any old farms around the area? maybe some old ground wells as a possible sight to check? sure is strange that brianna and murrey disappeared after auto accidents. I guess after such a upset following any kind of accident would cause a young lady in need to except help from almost anyone that looked as if they mean well in offering help. hope they find out something soon on both these young ladies. I know that here in nashville tennessee, we all are still very much baffled in the disappearece of 13 year old tabitha tuders who has been missing now for almost 1 year. for those of you websleuthers that may be new and for those that may have not been reading much on the tuders child please take the time to go over much of the post that have been made, with all of us with our thinking caps on maybe we can help these families have closure from the uncertainty of there loved one.
The father of a Sheldon teenager missing since last month is criticizing the way Vermont State Police are investigating her disappearance.
In a letter to Governor James Douglas, Bruce Maitland said the investigation has not been aggressive enough and that his family had been kept in the dark about what police are doing.
Bruce Maitland is worried about the safety of teenage girls and young women in Vermont and New Hampshire - worried they may face the possibility of being kidnapped and transported elsewhere for illicit purposes.
The families of two missing women came together in Haverhill yesterday to plead for help from the public and federal authorities.
Fred Murray of Weymouth, Mass., whose daughter, Maura, 21, disappeared on Feb. 9 in Haverhill after a minor car accident, set up the meeting before starting another weekend of searching
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Police in St. Albans released new information Tuesday about a missing teenager.
In the first-ever news conference Tuesday with Bruce Maitland, the father of Brianna Maitland, police said they are growing more convinced that the 17-year-old was the victim of a violent crime.
Police also said that it is likely drugs may have played a part in the teen's disappearance.
Bruce Maitland said he only recently learned that his daughter was friends with drug users and drug dealers. She had moved in with a friend about three weeks before she disappeared.
The passing of seven days has resulted in a huge turnaround in the way Vermont State Police are treating the disappearance of Brianna Maitland.
Maitland, 17, was last seen at about 11:20 p.m. March 19 when she clocked out of work at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery.
VSP had originally said Maitland was a runaway and had run away in the past. During a press conference June 8, they said they were tired of wasting time tracking down worthless leads.
The parents of a Sheldon teenager are taking a different tactic in the search for their missing daughter.
Brianna Maitland, 17, has not been seen since she left work at the Black Tavern Inn in Montgomery at 11:20 p.m. March 19.
Brianna's parents, Kellie and Bruce Maitland, are acting on leads they have received - leads taking them elsewhere in Vermont as well as to the New York City area.
September 19 was Brianna Maitlands six month missing anniversary. I visit their website often hoping to hear she's been found. The last tidbit was that Bri was abducted for a drug dealing / slavery ring in NYC. Info can be found in the message board at her site.
Please check her website and maybe a sleuther in the area can keep an eye open.
Pray for Bri's safe return.
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Our prayers are with you for a safe return.
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Happy 18th Birthday, Bri!
We pray that you are able to come home soon!
Bumping for Bri!
She was featured last week on Without A Trace...I hope and pray someone recognizes her!
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Parents’ worst nightmare
Maitlands pursue missing daughter through bad dreams, empty leads
By Sam Hemingway
EAST FRANKLIN -- Even in sleep, Bruce and Kellie Maitland are on the lookout for their 18-year-old daughter, Brianna.
"In my dream," Kellie Maitland said, patting the kitchen table, "I am talking to people and I ask them: ’Do you know where Brianna is?’
"I feel they are on the verge of telling me where she is, and then I wake up."
Nearby, Bruce Maitland looked down at the floor of their small home in the woods near the Canadian border.
His dreams, he said, are often a rerun of his waking life over the past eight months, haunting images of looking for his daughter’s remains in roadside ditches or in woods or in garbage bags mixed with the intense hope he won’t find anything. Once, he said, he dreamed he was Brianna: "I am running, trying to get away and hide from the people chasing me."
March 19, Brianna Maitland, then 17, finished her nighttime shift as a dishwasher at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery, walked out the door and vanished.
The next day, her car was found rammed backward into an abandoned house just west of town; her two paychecks lay on the seat. There was no note. She took no clothes.
No one, including police, has a substantive clue as to where she could be. Organized search parties, posters on utility poles from Montreal to New York City, Border Patrol helicopter flights, a BringBriHome.org Web site, even a court inquest have proven fruitless.
"It’s still wide open," Vermont State Police Lt. Tom Nelson said this week of the investigation. "We don’t have a really solid set of facts that lead us to understanding what happened after she left work."
Almost every day, Nelson said, another tip finds its way to his desk. Thursday, for instance, a hunter found clothes in the woods in Montgomery; they turned out to be unrelated. Police have interviewed 107 people in the Maitland case, Nelson said, but "nothing solid" explains her disappearance.
"They found Saddam Hussein in a spider hole, but no one can find our daughter," Kellie Maitland said during a recent conversation at her home. Bruce Maitland is convinced that his daughter -- alive or dead -- is not in Vermont. But that’s only a guess.
Several times over the past eight months, the Maitlands thought their nightmare was over.
There was the time someone reported seeing Brianna performing at a strip club in Boston.
"We went down there, and we showed Brianna’s picture to a person there," Bruce Maitland said. "She said, ’Yeah, she works across the street in another club.’ And there was a girl there who, if you weren’t her father, you’d think was her.
"But it wasn’t her."
Another time, police found a garbage bag on a field near Montgomery. The Maitlands were told the bag contained a body.
It was a pig carcass.
"At first, they weren’t sure what it was," Kellie Maitland said. "I was such a nervous wreck when I left work. I didn’t have any fingernails left by the end of the day."
The harder they look, the harder it becomes to keep looking. They have looked along almost every road embankment from Interstate 87 in New York to Vermont 100. They have gone to New York and Hartford and Montreal and Syracuse and Albany. Nothing.
"The way we think now is not the way we did before," Kellie Maitland said. "I look at people going by in cars, looking for Brianna. I see some shape off the side of the road, just the gnarly part of a tree’s roots, and I think it’s a body."
Kellie Maitland works as a clerk in a local hardware store. She drives to work -- everywhere, really -- with her doors locked and a handgun nearby. She fears dangerous people might be responsible for her daughter’s disappearance.
Bruce Maitland describes the grimness of their task: "I’ll see buzzards flying somewhere, and I have to go see why. I say ’Oh, look, there’s a bag or there’s some clothes’ and I have to go poke at it to see what’s there. After a while, you can’t do it anymore."
Friends and neighbors have been supportive, he said, but the experience of searching for a missing child has made the Maitlands feel alone at times.
"I feel like there is a huge cloud following me around that everyone can see but me," he said.
Life goes on, barely
Since March 19, Brianna’s grandmother has died. So has a great-grandmother. In October, her 18th birthday came and went; it was acknowledged by a gathering of neighbors at Byam’s Quick Stop in town. Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie dropped by -- a quiet break from his re-election campaign.
Now Christmas is around the corner. Several boxes of holiday decorations -- including some handmade by Brianna -- sit by the kitchen counter. Kellie Maitland said she isn’t sure if she can bear to put them up.
The couple tried to get away for a few days this summer; they went to Nova Scotia for a week where they wandered the ocean beaches. One day, Kellie Maitland came upon a cavern in the rocks; there, in the sand at her feet, was a heart-shaped stone.
"The rock and the cavern seemed to magnify how I felt," she said. With the stone cupped in her hands, she broke out in tears. "How the sea cut this stone and left it there. I knew it was there for her, that she is always in my heart."
Contact Sam Hemingway at 660-1850 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday, be sure to go to Brianna's message board and post your well wishes to Brianna's mom, Kellie, for her birthday. There will be a special post made late Thursday night.
It has been a very tough year for Kellie with Brianna's disappearance, plus several deaths in the family.
Thank you for caring.