Brianna Maitland Update

The Briana Maitland missing person case is one that I have spent countless hours researching and writing about. 


Unfortunately, the case remains unsolved.

I am happy to announce that Investigation Discovery will air an hour-long episode of Disappeared about Brianna Maitland on Monday, December 5, 2011, at 9 pm.*

*Note: I corrected the time to 9 pm.

Producer Christopher Gidez and his associates have produced many quality programs regarding those missing and I am proud to have conversed with him multiple times as he studied this sad yet fascinating disappearance.

I was also thrilled to hear that two regulars here, guest blogger BobKat and content provider P., were able to make significant contributions to Mr. Gidez in his telling of Brianna's story.

It has been awhile since I wrote on the Maitland case, so for anyone interested, you can go here for my series.

This is the show's trailer...



Also, the following is a summary of the case:

On March 19, 2004 around 11:30 pm, 17-year-old Brianna Maitland left her dishwashing job at the Black Lantern Inn (now called the Montgomery House Bed and Breakfast) in Montgomery, VT.

It has been reported that Brianna had been invited to stay for a late dinner with coworkers, but she stated she was tired and had to work early the next day at a second job.

Maitland’s apartment was in a neighboring town and she was supposed to be headed there that night.

When she did not arrive that evening or the next day, her roommate was not specifically worried and had assumed she was staying back at her parent’s house. After not hearing from her for several days, the roommate called Maitland’s parents and it was then that they realized that she was missing.

Unknown to the family at the time, Maitland’s four-door green 1985 Oldsmobile had been found abandoned at an old abandoned farmhouse property--a location about a mile from the Black Lantern Inn.


Ms. Maitland's Car on the Morning of March 20, 2004

State police towed the vehicle on March 20 thinking it was related to a hit-and-run collision.

The Oldsmobile was found with minor rear end damage backed into an old barn on the property. Inside the vehicle were two of Maitland’s uncashed paychecks. Further, some of her belongings were found on the ground outside the car.

The family and investigators reported that she left behind her contact lenses, clothing, medicine, driver’s license, and other personal effects.

Authorities and volunteers searched the area of the farmhouse and other places in the region multiple times, but Brianna was never found.

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If you have an opportunity to watch, I think the Disappeared episode on Brianna Maitland will be worth your time.

My prayers are with Brianna's family in hopes that new information will be produced.

72 comments:

Maxi said...

Uncashed paychecks inside the vehicle and belongings outside on the ground…

Looks like Brianna was approached as she left work, taken to the abandoned barn and possibly attacked.

Brian Miller said...

i hope that the show and the awareness it raises not only helps them but also those that might be susceptible or find themselves sadly in similar situations...

Pat Hatt said...

That doesn't sound good at all. Sounds like she was a target, hopefully new light can be shed.

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

That trailer was very well done. I'm planning on watching the show when it's on. So sad. It sounds exactly like my life before I ran away at 17--crazy! I wonder what happened.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Brianna has disappeared under very mysterious circumstances: belongings outside the car, uncashed paychecks. Looks like someone attacked her and disposed of the body.

Little Ms. Fun said...

I am interested in watching this on t.v. It's a real life horror show/mystery. So sad...hopefully making it this public wil open new doors.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
I remember this case...that barn and the car.
Good to see it's getting some air time.
I hope it manages to answer some of the many questions that still remain.

I'll have to watch this show.

Thanks for the update.

Stay safe out there.

ladyfi said...

So sad.

Shirley Wells said...

Such a sad case. The not knowing must be unbearable for Brianna's family. I hope the show manages to bring up some answers.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I hope the show brings about something good from all this.

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm speechless. I can't imagine not knowing about my child.

JJ.in.Phila said...

Absolutely fantastic that they will be covering it.

Ciara said...

I hope the show brings new leads that will lead to some peace for the family. These are always the toughest cases to face as a parent.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

It is amazing how many unsolved cases there are. You always hear of certain ones that gain a following for whatever reason- but I had never heard of her before your blog. How sad. Wishing peace for them as well.

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SuziCate said...

I hadn't heard about this case, but I'm going to go back and read your related post.

Momma Fargo said...

Very disturbing Missing Person case. Especially when it is someone so young. Will be watching for the special program.

Chris said...

Hi Slamdunks,
A correction - the Brianna Maitland episode of Disappeared premieres on December 5th at 9pm ET/PT - not 10pm. Hope everyone gets to see it. Thanks for watching.
Chris

Anonymous said...

Thank you guys for keeping the pressure on this case. I live in northern VT and sometimes feel these cases do not get the attention they deserve.

Read thru the whole blog and comments and can clarify one thing- At the time of disappearance (March 2004), there was little if any cell coverage on RT 118 in Montgomery. You could get reception up near Jay Peak and in Berkshire near Enosburg, but it's been poor until very recently (like 2009 or 2010). Brianna wouldn't have been able to use her phone if she had it and neither would any persons of interest.

Wonder why the owners of the Black Lantern Inn would have been "uncooperative"? Could there have been more to the story that took place at the Inn? I'm sure the police could get the phone records easily, but you would think they would want to help as much as possible. The Inn has since closed.

I worry this case is mired in a mix of small town politics and secrecy.

Hope the airing of this show turns up the heat on "CB" and others that know more and persuade them to come forward.

Robert

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for the comments everyone.

@ Chris: I appreciate the info. I corrected the time in this post and made an announcement in Monday's post.

@ Robert: Thanks for leaving a comment and for reading my old posts. I am not from that area and it is helpful when someone local chimes in about cell conditions or whatever. Good stuff.

Lerdy said...

I saw the show. Well my hunch is that her dissapearence have to do with what she saw outside the mall while she was shopping in the mall with her mom. It makes sence everything happend on the same day. According to her mom statrment she was nice a bubbly, enjoying her day. All of a sudden she see's something outside the window of the store in where she was in and tell her mom she'lll be back just like that, her mom waitrd for and looked for her on the parking lot and whe she finds she is not the same she seems nervice shaky and quiet, police should be looking fot surveilance camera, on that same day , what did she see outside the mall that got her so nervice. And how about her ftiend the one that punch her. I think the remark she made was very unsettling. Brianna aunt ask the girl about what happend between the and the report, and all she answered is well brianna is not around, so there's nothing u can do. Pls give meere a breack. I think police should really look in to it. The best piece of evidence are those two insidence the jeolouse friend and the mall insident. I hope they find her.

Anonymous said...

Sad, I worked with Brianna at another restaurant. She was such a nice person. I remember that people kept breaking into her car and one day she came into the restaurant very upset. Her things were on the ground in the parking lot, sort of like how her car was when she turned up missing. Looks like someone was looking for something but they never found it. When she went missing the rumors among her peers were that she was caught up with the wrong people and owed them money. The problem is, there are too many of the "wrong people" and it would be hard to narrow without more info.

Anonymous said...

have they considered maybe she was trying to run from somebody? her car was backed against the dutchburn place so hard that the rear wheels came off the ground and got stuck on the foundation of the house. i dont know why anybody else would have done this (her killer would have had no motive to back the car into the building) i understand this info might not help solve the case but it may help get the story together. also i have done some research to locate cbcklr ( the person who posted some vicious details about this case) i believe this person to be cindy buckler from morrisville vermont. maybe somebody should ask her how she knows so many details.

Anonymous said...

what about ramons cell? he was a drug dealer, he definitely had a cell phone or pager or something. if the police got his phone records maybe it would turn up something. i am from (st. albans) northern vermont also, and every story or anything i have ever heard about this case involves ramon. i think that is the ticket to solving this, put the squeeze on him and it'll turn up something im sure of it.

Anonymous said...

i think that the lime on the back of her car came from whoever was involved in her disappearance. limes can be used to break down crack cocaine to make the crack a liquid so it can be injected intravenously. (at this point id like to point out that ramon was a well known crack dealer and user). maybe somebody (that uses iv drugs) contacted her and told her to grab a couple limes from work and meet them somewhere. limes are not the preferred method (vinegar is usually first choice) to use but in montgomery vermont at 1130 at nite it can get pretty hard to find an open store for vinegar. the police ought to take a better look at ramon and another name that keeps coming up around here in connection with this is shaun gagne (who at the time was also an iv drug user). i dont think the police investigated any of these things well enough.

Anonymous said...

cant you fingerprint a lime peel? since it would have been squeezed between a thumb and forefinger, it seems like it would have been an obvious place to start. does the peel still exist? in evidence somewhere? maybe frozen? how about dna off the lime? seems like the local police dropped the ball on this one big time.

Anonymous said...

Just watched the show and can't really say it answered many questions raised here.

While the random stranger/serial killer scenario is possible, considering the girl disappeared in NH a couple weeks before. These are very small towns where outsiders would be quickly noticed. That could mean a local creep tho....and there's no shortage in these towns.

Didn't know about the lime/crack correlation, but that could be something. To get the car up on the house like that it had to be a pretty good impact. Which lessens the odds the lime was there before the car hit it...frozen or not.

I have a feeling more info could have been collected from the 4 living at the drug house in Berkshire. Maybe not the 2 dealers, but the other 2 were locals and would probably fold more easily.

The fact that so much time passed before she was even noticed missing and the further delay until the police seemed to take it seriously, may have been the undoing of this investigation.

The saddest part of this whole thing is knowing the way things work around this area. I bet there are plenty of people that could provide more info on the case, but just won't......like CB in Morrisville. Shame.

I'd be interested to know more about the gentleman full of emotion confronted by one of the posters and the girls father? Was this the boyfriend James?

Robert

david said...

this case stinks of drugs-----im convinced she owed some small time drug dealer some money---and because she coulnt pay, she was eliminated.....she was probably trying to get away from whom ever she owed, probably more than 1 person, which would explain the car backed into the house...

cntimagine said...

i hope they solve this case soon give her mother some peace...i mean somebody knows something

Anonymous said...

I saw the Disappeared on Brianna Maitland and have now become obsessed with this case. I am originally from Vermont and actually lived in Mongomery Center until I was a preschooler--then moved to another VT town. There are several things that bother me about this case. The first is that Brianna was 17 and appears to be a high school dropout (although it looks like she did get her GED). I'm going to go ahead and say that from my expereience it is not too common for Vermont kids to drop out of high school, nor is it common for a 17 year old to be living outside of their parents' home. The towns are so small and everyone knows each other, so someone who doesn't finish school becomes stigmatized by the locals to a certain degree. Then, there,s the problem of her close friends admitting that Brianna was a drug user, but not getting too particular about the extent. Once again, this reeks to me of scared small town kids who don't want to get their friend or themselves in trouble. One friend mentioned that Brianna had "smoked crack a few times", as if this is the same thing as smoking a joint. It isn't. Now, most Vermont teens do drink booze and smoke marijuana. It's true. However, for a teen to smoke crack even a handful of times in Vermont is really hardcore. My heart breaks for the Maitlands, but I have a feeling that they are in denial that their daughter may have been tied up with some nasty people and a possible growing drug habit. My gut says that Brianna may have wanted to move out to enable this type of behavior. I am not, in any way, saying this makes Brianna a bad person. In fact, I am so bothered by this case because she seems like she was just such a gentle soul. The name Ramon Ryans keeps coming up wherever you look. It also appears that he is a member of some sort of New York drug ring that decided to bring crack into naive Vermont. My theory is these guys preyed on the young people who already liked to drink and smoke and got them into crack. There is evidence of urban hard drug rings infiltrating Vermont since around 2000, when Burlington (which used to be so safe we were allowed to walk around by ourselves at age 8) all of a sudden became laden with heroin. Anyways, back to my theory. I think Brianna left work, went to the farmhouse property to meet Ryans or affiliates of his to make a quick drug deal on the way home, and it went bad. I agree with you, slamdunk, that there was a second car there. Brianna tried to jump in her car to get away, she shifted into reverse by accident and it rolled into the farmhouse. Sometime during these few seconds she was foricbly removed from the driver's seat. I think they need to keep talking to those fellows from New York. They're close.

Anonymous said...

I just left the previous comment-- I think this case will break if any of her circle of friends gets brave enough to come forward. The problem is that they are probably afraid. My theoretical drug related murder was probably committed by someone who is a member of an organized drug ring, and they have a lot of power. I see that even here, in your forum, people who knew her are agreeing that she was probably caught up in something bad. It makes me sad that people slinging highly addictive drugs are robbing Vermont of its safety and serenity. It also makes me sad to see that Brianna's parents seem to be deadset in denying her drug use. I think it will break the case right open when people stop keeping their secrets. It also bothers me that the affadavit given by the Colchester woman whose sister murdered Ryans' addict "girlfirend" seems like its being laughed at by the police. Now that I live outside of VT (and had a good, kind, naive person very loved by me tied up in hardcore drugs and die of an overdose) I see how evil the world can be. I think the naievity of people and police officers in a state which has only recently been exposed to organized crime and highly addictive drugs is getting the better of the investigation. While the witness whose credibilty has been questioned due to her own checkered past sounds horrific for VT, she has a link to Ryans, who we have established, knew Brianna Maitland. The crime of killing someone over a drug debt and disposing of the body in a very gruesome way is extreme for VT, but isn't so much for seedy parts of New York City, where these guys are originally from.....

Anonymous said...

Alright, it's me again, author of the last two posts. Now, I have been taking a long, hard think about this lime wedge on the trunk of the car. I have a few questions- was this lime wedge there when the police showed up or was it just in the first photos taken by the passersby? I think that some of the people on here may be overthinking the lime wedge--I think it's far fetched to say that it was used to process crack---but I DO think that it was probably from a Corona or someone with an alcoholic beverage. Brianna was only 17 and probably still needed people who were of age to buy her booze.... Maybe she arranged to have someone meet her at the farmhouse to give her some alcohol? I do still think that it was a drug deal, but lime slice screams Coronas to me (epecially due to the popularity of the drink amongst young drinkers) or cocktails. What happened to the lime wedge? If it had beeen stuck in the neck of a beer or in a drink, it would've had saliva on it...or if she had stopped at the farmhouse to make a quick deal maybe they had a few drinks there and someone was cutting the limes on the back of the car. Was the car fingerprinted?? WTF!

liz said...

I totally agree with the previous comment. These men Ryan something and his cousin were mentioned alot and they definitly seem to have motive since she were using drugs. With the statment from the "not so reliable" woman the was enough to bring him in to scare him. The police state that they did take evidence out of the vehicle but are yet to do anything relavent with it. She was pulled out of the car somehow so there must be forensic evidence with technology these days i hope they do something to bring justice to yhr family. I do understand that it may be a small town but something must be done to bring brianna home. God bless her family and i hope they have closure one way or the other

liz said...

I totally agree with the previous comment. These men Ryan something and his cousin were mentioned alot and they definitly seem to have motive since she were using drugs. With the statment from the "not so reliable" woman the was enough to bring him in to scare him. The police state that they did take evidence out of the vehicle but are yet to do anything relavent with it. She was pulled out of the car somehow so there must be forensic evidence with technology these days i hope they do something to bring justice to yhr family. I do understand that it may be a small town but something must be done to bring brianna home. God bless her family and i hope they have closure one way or the other

liz said...

I totally agree with the previous comment. These men Ryan something and his cousin were mentioned alot and they definitly seem to have motive since she were using drugs. With the statment from the "not so reliable" woman the was enough to bring him in to scare him. The police state that they did take evidence out of the vehicle but are yet to do anything relavent with it. She was pulled out of the car somehow so there must be forensic evidence with technology these days i hope they do something to bring justice to yhr family. I do understand that it may be a small town but something must be done to bring brianna home. God bless her family and i hope they have closure one way or the other

Anonymous said...

Well lets see there are only just a few options that can be.

1 She was carjacked (unlikely) There are too many things that would have had to have taken place and there would be evidence of it.

2 She met someone to get some drugs there and there was another vehicle there and something did go wrong and she tried to get away quick and was scared - this would explain backing up into the building - notice the way the tires are turned.

3) Someone was looking to rob someone or just be a serial killer and randomly waived the car down. Once she realized there was trouble she started to back up to turn around real fast and then was extracted from the car when it backed up into the house or she got out and ran and was caught and taken away in another vehicle.

4) Crack is not something you just do here and there. That earlier in the day incident I think was she saw someone or preplanned the meeting there with someone and got some drugs and actually did some of it (hence the nervousness in her moms car) Is it possible she got some drugs from someone and was to drop the drugs off to someone after work and that was the meeting place. Of course she couldn't hang out after work if she was meeting someone. Maybe she took some out of the drugs and the person she was delivering to got mad and then she backed up into the house trying to get away. She was definitely a troubled girl and hang out with some seedy characters. Whenever there are rumors there is usually some truth to it although distorted. I would look at the drug dealer from New York.

It is most definitely someone she knows!

Anonymous said...

* The guys from NYC did it.

* Check into the girl who punched her, she might have arranged something with the drug dealers.

* She probably did have a debt, met with them outside the store that day. She was scared into meeting with them, something went wrong (she couldn't pay or meet demands) and they killed her. The sworn affidavit is likely true.

* The police screwed this up, for one, who doesn't call the owner of an abandoned car when it's found? The police were either paid off by the drug dealers, or incompetent.

* Either way, the family needs to sue the law enforcement agencies involved.

* I'd start to offer lie detector tests to persons involved, those who refuse know more than they're telling.

Anonymous said...

i believe this girl and the casino girl is one of the same! but has the casino girl ever came fwd? and if not Who is she...is she out there...does she know ppl think and see it looks like BRI! the eye brows look different but we all know that is possible to do

Traciy Curry-Reyes said...

I am enjoying this blog tremendously. I recently saw the case on the Investigation Discovery Disappeared episode. I am fascinated with this case. What in the hell happened to this girl? A couple of questions.

How was it that employees saw her drive off in the car? Were they outside? If they were inside how was it that they were able to see her in her car outside?

Traciy Curry-Reyes said...

Thanks for checking. I have some more questions and comments as well.

1.The vomit on the passengers side was it fresh?

2. The boyfriend. I am having a problem with the ex boyfriend being on the scene. Does his alibi hold up?

People know what happened but are not coming forward because they are afraid. Why? Afraid of just one person? I think they are afraid because of the reach the person has. The people in the drug game have a far reach. Do I think it was a deal gone bad, no. Someone was after her that is for sure. Also, the people that she hung around were very shady drug people. I would look at the two Black males, the ex boyfriend who happened upon the scene, and confirm the roommates story about whether or not she ever came into contact with Bri at any point during the four days.

Why did she leave the roommate a note? Did she normally do that? If she works at night why would she feel the need to have to leave her roommate a note? Has the note been checked to see if it’s her handwriting?

Someone posted on another blog that they had worked with her at another restaurant and that someone had broken into her car a few times as if they were looking for something. She was distressed about this many times.

The paychecks together totaled less than 150 dollars. Perhaps she owed them more money if that was indeed the issue.

Anonymous said...

Ok...I'm from troy ny...not far from vermont...and if she was in 2 crack n other narcotics well she could've definatly gotten in 2 sum sh.t....they could've doped her up n sold her 4 prostitution...where I'm from that's not abnormal...I hope I'm wrong but she was involved with sum bad elements.let's hope she is out there alive n well...I pray 4 all of the missing ppl in this world..n there family

Anonymous said...

Its just so so very sad. . God willing everyone goes through their "teenage years" of life. . Some get more involved with substances than others. .For some it is just a simple phase, and for others it cant take time or rehab, and then there are those who make it an everyday part of their life and dont ever kick it. .Not to say that i know what actually happened in this case because i totally dont, but if her dissapearance or possibly death had anything to do with being involved with drugs or the wrong crowd its an absolute shame. . This beautiful girl had her whole life ahead of her. . Yhis could have been an instance where Brianna was just being a teenager going through a phase and got caught up with low lifes. .PRAYERS GO OUT TO BRIANNA AND HER FAMILY

elizabeth p said...

Possible closure for one family, either Brianna Maitland's or Heide Wilbur's. http://www.wcax.com/story/16953533/skull-discovery-matches-2-vt-missing-persons-cases

Anonymous said...

**UPDATE**
To all of you people who don't live in Northern Vermont, this morning a white female skull was found on the side of the road in Danby, VT (which is about 150 miles south of Montgomery, where Brianna lived), but the local news agency's are starting to wonder if this is Brianna. Here is the link to what the news has reported: http://www.wcax.com/story/16942953/human-skull-found-in-danby
More details to follow...

Lennon said...

Just watched this on the Crime & Investigation channel. The police say they have found 'physical evidence' in the car but can't disclose it to the public due to it being an active investigation. Anyone know what this physical evidence is? Also her mother said he picked up hitchhikers, so she was obviously over friendly with strangers. they never suggested if they thought Brianna reversed her car into the old house? This show has just left more questions and answers. Anyway, i think the police are right to pursue the drug angle. Brianna had brought one of the drug dealers round to the house she was living in with her friend, which suggests she knew him quite closely otherwise why would he be going round to the house with her? Also her mother had said when they went shopping the day she went missing, she had ran out of the shop because she saw someone and then after she agitated in the car on the way home, which would suggest she has been maybe followed. She has been lured to that spot where her car was or she has been followed and made to pull the car over and it's no coincidence that the house the car was reversed into was crime scene in 1986, might suggest the person who harmed her is local. Another thing i noticed is the pay checks, perhaps she had them with her to persuade the person she met that she had the money to pay her debt?

Anonymous said...

Very sorry for the Maitland family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

I agree that this was most likely the work of someone she knew.

I do not believe she owed a drug debt (her mood would have been off for days or weeks even; they would have given her time to pay off).

Anonymous said...

"....it's no coincidence that the house the car was reversed into was crime scene in 1986, might suggest the person who harmed her is local. Another thing i noticed is the pay checks, perhaps she had them with her to persuade the person she met that she had the money to pay her debt?"

The paycheck thing is a good point. The brothers that owned the house her car was crashed into were beaten and robbed at the home in 86 and it's been abandoned since (actually it's currently for sale). Think it would be a stretch to say the same people were involved 18 years later, but someone with local knowledge? Definitely.

Anonymous said...

Keallie Lacross, the girl who beat Brianna up, was recently arrested for a violent home invasion.

Anonymous said...

They need to hire you! Your comments are very insightful and I believe you're on the right track.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for giving this case the attention that it deserves. I want the family to have closure and peace. For sure the names of the NY cousins and Kealie Lacrosse are likely involved. It's too bad she had to be involved with this element of society. This situation is every parents' nightmare and my thoughts and prayers are with them.

Anonymous said...

just watched discovery channel and seen the case i think she witnessed that ramon fella rob kill a drug dealer or had info and they got rid off her

Anonymous said...

just watched show i reckon she new somesort of drug rob murder those two men had done and had info and they killed her to silence her

Anonymous said...

She was such a beautiful young lady. I pray that her family finds peace one day and the people responcible for her probable murder are dealt with accordingly. That being said, they know who they are and will eventually answer for all the lives they have wrecked. NOBODY GETS OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIVE. They will be judged eventually.

Anonymous said...

This whole thing reeks of small town corruption. I live in a small, rural area much like northern Vermont and here our local law enforcement and judicial entities are mixed up in various illegal activities and pretty much do whatever they want and there is no one to question their motives. Those who do their dirty work are the ones who are arrested and whose names appear in the local paper but nothing ever happens to these people, they are always acquitted or do a short stint in the local jail then are released after their 53rd offense for the same thing so those behind this activity have their pawns. We had a similar case to this one back in the late 1990's when a local girl went missing. She worked in a neighboring town and made a comment to one of her co-workers one night that she had seen something she wished she hadn't but refused to elaborate. A couple of weeks later her car was found abandoned with it's lights still on and it's engine running alongside the road a few miles from her home. Her purse and other personal effects were still in the car. After an extensive search by volunteers and police produced nothing the search was called off. A couple of weeks later a hunter found the girl's body floating in a small pond that was up above the road in a neighboring county. I knew her, I had gone to school with her and it really hurt because I knew what a good person she was. No one could imagine why anyone would want to hurt this girl. In the end an arrest was made and the guy arrested was a well-known drug dealer and user from out of state. He was sentenced to life in prison but everyone knows he had accomplices, everyone knows the general circle of people who had to have been involved. There was no way one man could have pulled off the crime the way he admitted to having done it. I fear Brianna Maitland's case will one day turn out to be similar to our local mystery. We got a few answers but there are those who know more who will never be held liable for their participation. Small towns hold their secrets well and when the right people are involved many times something like this can go unsolved for decades if not forever. People aren't going to talk, they aren't going to point fingers, they will simply go on about their business as if nothing ever happened and all anyone in that small Vermont town will be left with will be questions which will never be answered. Someone there knows EXACTLY what happened to this girl and who was involved and chances are the persons involved may have since moved away or cleaned up their illegal activity and have become productive members of the community but someday a clue will surface that may lead to what really happened and maybe then someone will take responsibility for this girl's disappearance. Judging from the short distance from where this girl got in her car to where her car was found I'd say someone may have been laying in the floor behind her seat, surprised her and forced her off the road and she panicked knocking the car in reverse ending up driving the rear of the car into the side of that old house by the road. Those old cars were all pretty much rear wheel drive so when the back of the car was lifted up and the wheels lost traction she was stuck. Notice the direction the front wheels are pointing, to the left, not straight ahead like she turned the wheel in a panic trying to get the car unstuck but all she would have done was sit and spin. The episode of Disappeared I watched about this case certainly sparked an interest in me but it wasn't very informative. I'd say local law enforcement knows more than they are willing to divulge, I'd be willing to bet on it. Someday it may all come out as I previously stated but until then I pray for peace for Brianna's family as well as those who knew and loved her. Such a sad story, such a tragic waste.......

Anonymous said...

I just saw the story on Brianna, this morning, for the first time! She was missing for FOUR days before her friend even contacted her mother to see if she was at her own house! At 30 years old, if I didn't come home after my bartending job, my mother had already called the cops and every hospital in the area looking for me and I worked at the Police Academy and a local cop hang out! Did no one care about her until she was gone? Maybe she staged the whole thing and ran away from that place! If it was a drug deal or there was money owed, I don't care if her checks were for $10.00, "they" would have taken them, unless they planned on killing her and would not be able to cash them without raising suspiscion! These were not dumb criminals! The dumb one, I'm sorry to say, is the first trooper to come upon the car and "ass"ume it was a DUI incident and that the person would show up eventially to claim their car! That is the stupidest thing I ever heard! They had a tow truck pick up the car, leaving the entire area unprocessed for days, for other tire tracks and ANY evidence that could lead to which way "they" left the scene! A passerby took photos and even photographed the only evidence that was on the ground, outside of the car, i.e., a WATER BOTTLE, that would have DNA! Second, the people who drove by, a "boyfriend" who recognized her car, even, DIDN'T STOP to see if she was OKAY? WTH! I am from a small town, not even a town, if my car was seen on the side of the road and someone drove by it, BELIEVE ME, it would be checked, reported and it would be an automatic call to my home,the police, SOMEBODY! This whole case was so miss handled it is making me angry! AND, why was she not living at home? Because she was embarrassed of her rural farm home? Give me a break! Living from house to house, boyfriend to boyfriend? My Father would have had a coronary, wouldn't yours? There is more to this story besides not disclosing evidence, than meets the eye! I have a nephew who went missing 30 years ago, from college in Colorado and we all know he was transporting drugs from his home town in Miami! He will NEVER be found because the people he worked for made sure of it! Another friend of mine, trying to make some quick cash, ran drugs for "some people" to Hawai'i! One day he called his wife to say he was coming home! Three months later, his body was found under a pile of rocks in the mountains on Maui, killed by a "hot shot" of drugs! It is highly possible those boys from New York had something to do with Her dissappearance and the girl who socked her up, set the whole thing up! I pray she is found and I wish someone would just come forward and tell the TRUTH!

Anonymous said...

I just stumbled across this after watching disappeared (my now favourite tv show) Did nobody find it weird that although the hole made into the house was big enough for me a 16 year old girl to fit inside then it would be normal for a 17 year old girl to fit inside it wasn't checked? And, correct me if I'm wrong, but was there a lake or river behind the house? Let's say, God forbid, that she was murder or knocked out and I'm correct about a lake or river, her body/corpse could have been thrown in. She then could have drowned and the scent could be gone from her body then her murderers took her away to dispose better of her body. These are just thoughts I had.
- H

Anonymous said...

Hi guys I'm from South Africa and just watched the Brianna Maitland story on Investigation Discovery and having seen the way the case was investigated was poor and disappointing from the local police and especially the officer who got the vehicle towed should hav had it processed for forensics and fingerprints before it had been towed n the crime scene could hav been processed effectively and then have it towed.That could have made the difference!!!! Yet all they can look at now is photographs eyewitnesses had taken of the scene and ponder about what they see in the pic.This is really poor!!! With her background and connections to a possible drug syndicate it is possible that those two guys may hav killed her because I think one of them refused to say he knows her but the other one did yet they both were seen with her at a few parties!!!! They cannot be ruled out either! The person who made the statement of her body being dismembered is likely since there has been no trace of Brianna till today.I'm. Shocked and saddened by her dissappearance.I may not really know her but I feel for her family and the closure they need.They shudnt hav gone public to the media(tv) when they seen a girl that looked like Brianna in the Casino before they actually went n searched for her because it might as well been her coz she will hav known that they were looking for her and her mom said it was not her altho she hasn't seen Brianna for so long it is possible that she cannot tel exactly when she did see her,what and hw she would look like! I really hope they find Brianna.I pray that they do!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree brianna did not use drugs! And it could not have been that big of amount to kill her for! Wth??? She just knew something someone. or persons didnt want her to know! Pure and simple! Everyone is making it harder rhan need be! Their reading too much into it! When its a simple explaination! She was a witness to something period!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm from Canada and just watched this episode on the Investigation Discovery channel. A lot of the information left in these comments was not provided in the show (such as the lime in the backseat, vomit in the front seat, etc.)
The show definitely posed more questions than answers, especially because the police said they have the car and seemed to indicate that they found some evidence as well. Is the car still kept somewhere under police custody? I think it is quite clear she didn't leave on her own accord - not a chance she would leave behind all of her belongings, such as her contact lenses, which she needs to be able to see properly, and her pay checks, which she would need for money (not to mention, her car!). I think her leaving on her own accord is a far out theory.
I would like to know if the scene of the crime (her car backed into the barn) was on route to her way home. If not, she was purposely meeting someone there. Having grown up and lived in a small town myself, I know what it is like, especially when there is a “drug scene”. When people think drug scene, they think downtown large cities with junkies, but not every drug scene looks like that. There is hardly anything to do in small towns, so drugs make themselves available. My small town is near the bigger cities with drugs, I don’t know how “isolated” this small town was, that it needed a new comer not known in the area to come live there to bring drugs in.
No one is saying she is a bad person or that she deserved whatever happened to her if this was drug related. The drug scene my town had when I was a teenager was one where everyone knew everyone, people used and it was pretty easy to hide from parents. One might stay the night at a friends and use drugs, stuff like that. Just because someone might hang around with drug users or dealers doesn’t mean they use every day and are shady people. I think every high school and town has drugs. I think it is usually safer in small towns because people have grown up with each other, are usually middle class and are not likely to go around robbing houses. Sometimes people would rip other people off, or people would have beefs with each other, but nothing dramatic.
When did she drop out of high school? I think I read that it was common in that area? Which seems counter-intuitive. In my town, once everyone finished high school, we basically went off to various universities. What was her circle of friends like? Did she have many close friends or was she just beginning to hang around with a “bad” crowd? For example, this Ramon person whose name is constantly brought up; how long had he been in the town, and why? And how long had he been hanging around with Brianna? Also, crack is an addictive drug, and isn't a drug that is typically experimented with; I mean, you can try it once or twice and I would consider that experimenting. I wonder if Brianna had an addictive personality; her drug use could have just started. This is not an assassination on her character, but maybe to be an eye opener that she can still be a good person yet be using or trying drugs.

Anonymous said...

This is the person above, here's the rest of my comment:
As to having an outstanding drug debt, I don’t see that she would be using enough to have a drug debt. If a person is using crack non-stop, you can usually tell based on their actions and appearance. As well, she worked two jobs, I think she would have enough money to pay a drug debt. I don’t know how high the price of drugs were at the time, but still, a person who owes you money is more useful alive than dead. A drug dealer will give a person so many warnings; I am sure if she was threatened enough to an uncomfortable point, she would pay. They say drugs were just starting to enter this area, were there a lot of unknown people bringing drugs around? I mean, they make it sound like random out-of-towners showed up with a truck full of drugs, ready to go cross country to all the small towns. So I’d like to know on what circumstances this Ramon character and any of his friends came to that town. They say he has a shady background, from places like NY; why would he come to that town? If it is anything like my town, there is a large city nearby, that is where the drug connections usually originate from.
If this was becoming a new epidemic in this area, it would be easy for a young girl to underestimate the danger of men involved in drugs. I'm from a middle class home, small town, who was involved in the drug scene, as well as other friends - no one was necessarily drug addicts, but it wasn't uncommon to hook people up with drugs. People think drugs and assume only a deadbeat could be involved in those scenes, or that the teen must be some run away problem child. That's not true; everyone I went to high school with who ran around with drugs are all now in university and doing well (my point is, it isn't really uncommon for a teen to be somewhat involved in this stuff).
I am also really curious as to why it took so long it took before her disappearance was recognized; it seems a number of people dropped the ball, but being a small town with no significant crime or danger, maybe the possibility of something disastrous happening to her was out of mind. Did her absence at work the next day not give a clue? Usually a manager will try to contact an employee if he or she doesn’t show up, including calling the employee’s family and friends. There should have been even more of a reason to worry about Brianna’s absence at work if it is not typical of her to miss work, or if someone had heard seen her when she said she wanted to get to bed as she had work early in the morning who also knew that she didn’t show up for work – you think this person would say something.
Also, her roommate assumed she moved back in with her parents - how long had they been roommates, and why would she just assume that, especially when none of Brianna's clothing would be gone. I know when I was a teenager I would go out partying for a few days or be gone for a night so maybe the roommate assumed that. How far away did she and her roommate live from Brianna's parents? Why did she move out in the first place? Why would she randomly decide to move back home? Certainly her friend/roommate would be informed by Brianna if she was going to stay at her parents, like wouldn't they be splitting the rent? I also didn't know anything about the note that was left as this wasn't mentioned in the episode, so I don’t know what it said.

Anonymous said...

Person from above:
I think it is just horrible that the police were notified about an abandoned car, where all of a woman's belongings were scattered everywhere in a rural area where someone can't just abandon a car and walk away, and didn't do anything or contact the owner (Brianna’s mom) or at least look at the state of the scene where the car was left and realize something bad happened there. It is just weird it took so long for people to realize there was a disappearance. I don't like how the police just made assumptions, something about because it was her pay checks on the car dash that it must have been her car - after seeing a picture of the car, right away they should have said there is foul play here, instead they assumed that was normal for a girl to leave a car like that.
Also, were there tire marks besides her car, to see if there was another car besides her at some point? In 2004, I remember this being the time when cell phones were coming out. I was in grade 9 and I remember that is when my friends and I all started texting. In the show there was no mentioned much if she had a cell phone. If she did, shouldn't they have looked at her records, or to see when the phone may have been shut off/destroyed. In the three days after her appearance, if anyone tried to call her, and it went straight to voicemail, that would be an indication the phone is off or dead. So wouldn't her work the next day try and call her cell phone - if it was off, that would definitely be suspect.
Or maybe cell phones still weren't as common as they are these days where people are glued to their phones and always have them on. I also doubt there is a connection between the murders in that house in 1986 and her disappearance - that is such a lapse in time. I think she was meeting someone there, a perfect location considering it was an abandoned house/property. If the town is small enough, people usually know all the relevant areas.
As to why the car was backed into the house like that, yes it is possible she could have put the car in reverse by accident. The way the car was left is the biggest mystery for me. As for her items being scattered around the ground, maybe, if she was taken against her will, which it is quite clear she was, she did that in an attempt to leave a trace.
I think there was more than one person there for sure. If she was meeting someone there for drugs, or to get drugs for someone, or pay drug debts - let's say, either she would have jumped in the dealer's car, or the dealer would have jumped in her car. If one guy went in her car, and then tried to grab her or take her, she may have reversed into the barn. But how would some of her stuff get scattered around the car? Maybe it was staged so that it looked like she was kidnapped.
If it was staged, I think it would be under the following circumstances, and under the drug dealer theory with that Ramon guy. Since she brought him around, like at her house where her roommate was, it was probably known around that they were friends or at least no threat to each other. If Brianna went missing, and the scene of the crime showed no struggle, people might assume she was taken by someone she knew and trusted since there was no evidence of a fight being put up. By scattering her belongings around, at least it would look like she was "under attack" as soon as she got on the scene. Once again, looking for fingerprints on those items should have been done if it wasn't.

Anonymous said...

Person from above cont'd:
The only other options of her disappearance are random ones, like maybe picking up a hitchhiker who was a killer or something, but even then, he is one person and she is trained in martial arts, and the hitchhiker wouldn't be able to get too far with her. I think it is clear that her car was parked there, with her in it, waiting for someone, or at least on the side of the road. If it was parked on the side of the road, and someone got in her car, say someone she was expecting to meet, and then this person attacked her, perhaps in defending herself she tried to put it in drive while turning the wheel, while pushing this person out – or the person may have been tugging on the wheel when she was driving. But the car was so perfectly backed into the barn in a straight way, as if someone just put it in reverse and hit the peddle. So if she was trying to escape while someone was trying to pull her out of the car, she would be fighting to get this person out of the car while trying to drive away; obviously she wouldn’t want to drive with this person in her car.
Generally, with drug deals, the buyer goes in the dealer’s car. So it is possible that if something going bad, she was able to get far enough to her car and in the driver’s seat, until the person or persons who were trying to harm her reached through the driver’s side window (but the windows were rolled up when the car was found?). This theory also depends on how the two cars were parked beside each other. If she was parked, waiting, with the car already in a position where the rear end was towards the barn, the car accidentally being put in reverse during a potential get away is more understandable.
I'm curious as to how her items looked like scattered around her car, did they seem to look like have come out of one area of the car, or were just randomly thrown around. Like where does one keep all their items like this? Probably in the back seat, obviously not just sitting on her lap, or in the passenger’s seat. If they were on the passenger’s seat, then chances are she wasn't expecting anyone to be sitting in the front seat - rather she expected to be going to sit in another car. Maybe the other car was parked beside her also in the same way, so that the driver of that car would be exposed to the passenger’s side of her car after getting out of the driver’s seat in his or her car. While pulling her out through the passenger’s side, her items could have been dragged with her and scattered
Either the car was on or off when she was removed from it or when she got out of it. If it was turned on, and she was trying to drive away, only to be pulled from the car, thus reversing into the barn, someone would have had to shut the car doors and turn it off, obviously because if a car was found with doors open and its lights on, right away people would see this was more than just an abandoned car. Making sure the car was off with the doors shut would make more sense for someone to do who was committing a crime.
I can see how frustrating it is to not know what happened - but the police should have more of a clue because they are able to propose scenarios and match it with the evidence, such as how her items were scattered the way they were. There is obviously a reason they think it was staged. I take it that the car must have been put in reverse to an extent where it was more than just accidently reversing too far into the barn. That fact just makes me think she was in her driver’s seat trying to drive away, where perhaps after she hit the barn is where the opportunity existed for her to be taken. That is why I think there was more than one person.
I don't know, if the car was left on, how long would it be before the battery would die and all the lights would shut off.

Anonymous said...

Comment cont'd:
I don't know at what point the car was found by the people who took a picture, because it is possible the car was actually on when she was taken, and then enough time lapsed until the battery died. Were the keys in the ignition? Were the keys anywhere in the car or outside of the car? If they were in the ignition when the car was found it is probable that she was in her driver's seat when something unexpected happened.
Why someone would do this? I don't know. There are horrifying options. Maybe she was in the back seat of the other car, when they (assuming two people) tried to grab her or kidnap her, and she got as far as in her car to turn it out when she backed into the barn, maybe she put in her reverse by accident out of pure nerves, or it happened while she was trying to struggle against someone.
If she was parked on the street side to begin with, and then accidently reversed in some sort of get away, could explain the big impact on the barn. Once again, that would take a professional to know where the car would have started reversing to end up in that position. Maybe she was parked on the street side, and she was meeting someone, and he got in her passenger’s seat, and she was supposed to take him or her somewhere, and as she was reversing to start to go back the way she came (so determining why she reversed is important - if she was trying to make a getaway, chances are she wouldn't care which way she went, I don't think, so maybe everything was fine when she was reversing and ready to head back the way she came), when something horrible happened.
So assuming it wasn't staged, she must have been in the driver's seat with the car on when something started to go wrong, unless she was a bad driver or under the influence of drugs and actually hit the barn that way by accident and not in an attempt to get away from anyone.
If this was planned from the beginning, whoever chose this meet up place, if drug involved, knew it would be a discrete place to do something. If a person or people planned to take her, would they not have planned it better so that she wouldn't even have a chance of escape? Maybe she was trying to rip them off, and she didn't get away.
Why someone would kill her? Maybe that was never the intent, but that if she survived, the person involved could be potentially charged with assault - she could have been raped. Maybe in a one on one struggle she was accidently killed (maybe in a struggle her head was hit or something), thus getting rid of her was the only option.
I don't know how hard core the drug dealers in the area were, if any of this was planned... some people are sick and more dangerous. Generally people involved with drugs do not kill for the sake of it. Whatever the dispute; drug debt, rape, kidnapping, it could have been a fight gone wrong and it wasn't planned for her to be killed.
The facts are that it could be relatively easy for someone or some people to get away with this because no one knew she was going there or that she was meeting the person or persons in question, so by the time anyone clued into the disappearance, the person or people could have well disposed of the body and gotten rid of any trace of evidence.

Anonymous said...

Comment cont'd:
Where were these suspected drug members at the night of the incident; what did their phone records show? If there were communications with her cell that night then that suggests they were the last people to speak to her.
I think the theory of this being drug related is probable if the scene of the crime was not on the way home to either her roommates or parents. She declined going out with her coworkers, I don't know if that was like her to do that, but if she declined and then her car is found in a place not even on the route home to her place, she denied going out with her coworkers because she had someone to meet.
But the only information I am basing these thoughts on are based on the info from the show and in these comments. I think it is pretty clear she was kidnapped or taken against her will, whether she was meeting someone or not. The question of why she was taken depends on the person or people who did it; if she is alive, where would this person or people have taken her where she couldn't get an opportunity to escape since 2004? This person or people probably thought they were far too in the situation to let her live. The only type of person or people who would look at murder so carelessly are serial killers, or those involved in the drug scene where it is common place for people to get killed over simple things such as drug debts. Even in this small town, if it was a drug member coming from a place like New York City, chances are such people are used to murders.
Why did this Ramon person/other drug associated people come to this small town? I think I heard that Ramon left the area soon after? The police say they investigated him and people he was associated with; of course the people who know him, their stories would match if this kidnapping/murdering was unplanned. Only the person or the people who did it would know, if it was done unexpectedly. Then with people in town not disclosing too much about potential drug use or drug debts, finding a motive on the dealer's part would be hard.
I wonder if anyone checked her computer to see if she had any MSN conversations or emails talking about her life at the time. I suppose there is way too much information to fit into a one hour TV show - I also don't think the girl who punched her had anything to do with it. The comment she made, that Brianna wasn't there so she couldn't pursue the charges, was just a smug comment - thinking that whatever happened to her she deserved it because this girl clearly didn't like her, so she was sort of making fun of it all by saying "she's not here". Plus the tone in which she said it is important. It is not like this girl was revealing new information, she was saying the fact that the charges can't be pursued because Brianna's not there, which by that point Brianna was known to be missing (a few weeks later?).
Her mother is right that Brianna is a very beautiful girl, and to hold down two jobs, finish her GED, be independent enough to live on her own by 17 – I think she was a good person, but I was 17 once too, and when you have never had a reason to be suspicious of people, it is easy to end up in the hands of people who are more dangerous than anyone might think. It such a waste, to kill a girl as beautiful and promising as this, and I am sure it was done for no good reason, especially if it was something as simple as a drug debt.

Marlee Holmes said...

You don't know she "whitnessed" anything. Her mom said she had acted weird a few days earlier while they were out shopping. Said she "looked out the window, saw someone, walked out to meet them..." and when she met her mom a few minutes later back at the car, she was acting, weird, fidgety, urgent, and said she had to get home and get ready for work. Im sure she met someone, got high, and felt awkward and fidgety when she met back up with her mom. I'm sure she was also meeting someone after work to get high, hang out for a bit, and get back home. During that time, in her car "hanging out" a fight of some sort ensued and she freaked out, and pressed the gas with her foot, reversing and slamming into the barn on accident. After the scuffle in the car, and the crash,I'm sure Brianna got pulled out of the car, and she continued to fight for her life. (Thats why there was loose change and a bracelet or necklace found in the grass outside the car.)

Marlee Holmes said...

I watched the Brainna Maitland story a couple times on ID and this is what I feel I know! Her mom had stated that on an earlier shopping outing that Brianna had seen someone out the store window, and immediately said she had to go "do something" but when she met back up with her mom she didn't have any shopping bags, and was acting strange, fidgety, agitated, and said she was anxious to get home and get ready for work. I'm thinking...she saw friends out the window, left to get high with them , and was feeling anxious and wanted to go home when she met back up with her mom. The night she was last seen, I'm sure she went to meet up with those two male friends (forgot their names)or one of them at least, to get high before going home from work. An argument ensued inside the car, and she freaked out, fighting back, and put her foot on the glass, accidentally reversing into the barn. She got pulled out of the car and the fight continued as she began to fight for her life on the ground, which is why the investigators later found spare change, and a necklace or bracelet in the grass on the ground outside the car. What a POOR investigation in the first 48 hours!!!! What is taking so long to process the "information" they found in the car!!!!!???

Anonymous said...

why don't the state police check the new York address's of those 2 scumbags from the city maybe they have her on the block junkied out selling herself.and she can't get out.I live in Ct. and will go check it out if any info is generated.rgl128@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

She didn't see anything at the mall that scared her. She scored some crack and took a hit which was why she was quiet and shaky. She was high - and that's how you get after you take a hit. She told coworkers she wasn't going to hang out with them after work because she wanted to go home and go to sleep - it was a lie. She wanted to get high and the place where she was gonna cop her crills was at the barn. And it obviously went bad there and she stepped on the gas and hit R before D and backed straight into the house. This case smells so bad because of what it is. No one does crack "a few times". Maybe once - but if there's a second time and then a third then you're addicted and in a sad and vulnerable place. The parasites who came up from the city to hook these kids and take their money killed her. It's that's simple. And terribly sad.

Anonymous said...

Bingo. I think you understand well what's gone on there.

Susan Huller said...

Whether Brianna was a high school drop-out, as another had commented, or not...this was a young woman who worked two jobs, had a loving family..to have someone vanish without a trace..well, put yourself in her parents' place. I could not fathom losing any of my children, troubled or not, under those circumstances. I feel strongly that someone was hiding in the back of her car on the floor when she left the Inn...I believe she was told to pull into the area of the farmhouse, and she fought to get away, hitting the reverse by accident and her foot went down on the gas pedal in the struggle, causing it to back into the farmhouse with enough force to cause the structural damage it did. She is not a runaway. I would definitely take a closer look at the one suspect that they let go.

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for taking time to comment Susan. The family's of these tragedies often go through immense pain--the pain of losing their loved ones to unknown circumstances as well as the added pain of mistakes being made.

Anonymous said...

They are airing her Disappeared episode today for her ten year anniversary right now.