More Brianna Maitland Reader Questions

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments and emails regarding Friday's music post. 

After such a positive response, I may have to reconsider my blogging goals--should I become the Internet destination for those interested in fabulous cello performances?

Ha, don't answer that. 

In any event, for those who were left wanting more from Rebecca Roudman, reader "Jason" sent me this YouTube link ( http://youtu.be/szL6F5bsm88 ) to Ms. Roudman blazing her cello to Guns N' Roses Sweet Child of Mine.  Fun stuff. 

Now to this week's offering of my Missing Person Monday segment.
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The following are additional responses to questions submitted to me from those interested in the Brianna Maitland disappearance case.


In 2004, then 17-year-old Brianna vanished from Vermont--authorities found her vehicle backed into an old abandoned farm house less than a mile from where she worked at a local inn/restaurant.


Brianna's Abandoned Car: Morning of March 20, 2004

Maitland case guest blogger BobKat continues to help me with his insights as well:

QUESTION #3: The vomit on the passenger's side was it fresh?

BOBKAT: The vomit was considered to be from that night, though previous occurrences may have been possible. Brianna had not been feeling well in general, and getting beaten-up didn't help.

ME: My initially response was that "no", it was from a previous occurrence, but BobKat would have better knowledge on this one.  I think I am just confusing what is probable with all the discussion that centered around the interior of Brianna's car; though as Bob states, Brianna had been sick before she went missing.  It is also important to remember that law enforcement did not process Brianna's car for potential evidence until several days later--since there was confusion as to her being missing and that police had towed her vehicle as a potential hit-and-run. So, how old the vomit was at the time of her disappearance is unknown.

One additional note: in a previous post, BobKat asked the individuals who found and photographed Brianna's car early that morning if they had noticed vomit in or around the vehicle (the thought being that perhaps she did not feel well and pulled off the road by the farmhouse).  They replied that they did not. 

QUESTION #4: The boyfriend. I am having a problem with the ex boyfriend being on the scene. Does his alibi hold up?

BOBKAT: Truth be told, the ex-boyfriend, if at all involved, is but a fragment of what occurred the night Brianna disappeared. I believe several individuals were involved. I believe it was planned in advance. I believe some experienced criminal minds were involved. By now if the ex-boyfriend knew anything, the VSP would know it too. He hasn't held anything back that i can tell. It's up to VSP to interpret it now.

ME: Investigators did not release much about her ex-boyfriend's statement, but it is believed that he was returning from a trip to Canada early that morning and noticed what he thought was Brianna's car crashed into the farmhouse (as is depicted in the photos). Police then verified his story and cleared him as a suspect in her disappearance. Obviously, anytime a person goes missing under suspicious circumstances and a former love-interest is known to have been at the scene it is concerning. It is unclear what additional investigation was done involving this apparent coincidence.

I'll have more questions and answers on this case in a future post.

My prayers remain with the Maitland family.
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For a list of all posts on the Maitland case (more than 20) that feature myself and/or BobKat, you can go here.

Also, for information on Investigation Discovery's recent segment on Brianna's Disappearance, go here.

24 comments:

Matthew MacNish said...

VSP = Vermont State Police?

Slamdunk said...

Sorry, yes VSP is the Vermont State Police.

The Blonde Duck said...

You want to see a screwed up force? Watch Alaska State Troopers. Snarl.

Miranda Hardy said...

Hope they find some good leads to discover what happened.

Jax said...

It doesn't sound like they have much to go on here. They spent more time ruling out what it wasn't than they did trying to figure out what actually did happen.

I hope it all gets solved.

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

so sad.

Pat Hatt said...

Seems like they have no good leads, hopefully something will break.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Another good post on the Maitland case.
Seems with every attempt at ONE answer, you wind up with about THREE MORE questions...very odd indeed.

Stay safe.

LadyFi said...

Oh dear... so sad!

Maxi said...

I have seen more than one foresic show on this case, it's like one step foreward and two steps back…

This is a very confused mystery…

Blessings - Maxi

Brian Miller said...

nice....saw the longest GNR concert (at the time) will def check out that vid...

more questions means at least you have room to move still so maybe there is hope for answers one day...

Kristin said...

Criminal minds? Like organized crime?

Sarah Ahiers said...

ugh. so depressing and sad

Carol Kilgore said...

Unless someone talks, I doubt we'll ever know what really happened. Sad.

M Pax said...

I hope they eventually find out what happened to her. That's sad. I hate hearing about folks disappearing.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I take it from the date of the case, this is unsolved. That's sad that her family is still without closure. :(

Lydia Kang said...

So sad. Hope they find out the truth of what happened.

BobKat said...

Good job Slam, as usual.

For those suggesting the case is cold, on ice, with little to go on, I doubt that. The case is still very active. Just not in the way you might think.

@Kristen, re: "criminal minds, organised crime", yes, that is still a big possibility.

It is still possible Brianna was sold into human slavery. Unlikely, but possible. Several individuals had connections that could have whisked her away to some other country. Again, unlikely, but possible.

I feel, you might want to accept that Brianna's disappearance is not something VSP has let go of. There is a new era in law enforcement, and we're not just talking CSI. A lot has changed in the past 40-50 years. And LE is just getting into those changes.

My only hope is the focus on law enforcement becomes more one of "serve and protect", and less directed towards things which merit civil liberty.

Two individuals in the area at the time with reputed contact with Brianna were up from their homes in NYC. Another man, a local to the area, was a business owner... reputed to be involved in "organized crime". And to add yet another caveat, the Chinese mafia is reported to have been active during that time when Brianna disappeared.

Brianna took excellent care of her car - it was a gift from her grand-father who had passed away shortly before. It is unlikely she wouldn't clean up vomit from her car ASAP. That is what her family told me.

RE: ex-boyfriend... all i know is he allegedly is cooperating fully with VSP. Awhile ago, here on Slam Dunk's, we had a rather exciting month or so, when a response came from a live-in friend of Brianna's ex... he claimed through the commenter that he was feeling tortured, that he knew what had become of Brianna and had tried in vain to convince investigators and VSP.

Slam and I have no proof the people commenting were who they say they were... but I successfully facilitated communication between the commenter(s) and those they wanted to talk to.

Anyone with any information can rest assured if you have something to add... tell us... you can easily remain anonymous. Slam is also very good at letting you say whatever you wish... within reason.

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

So sad, especially thinking this was done by a group of people.

FantasyCreature said...

I just read about this girl while researching disappearances in Vermont in regard to the Vermont Triangle...but reading the history...it seems this is a copycat murder to the girl the month before and I'd assume it is connected to the assault she suffered and someone followed her and staged it so it would be connected to the other killing. It's shocking the police would drop interest in whatever was connected to the assault she suffered so recently and if indeed it was ruled as unconnected to the other murder it most certainly was a copycat. That's my feelings reading this.

Anonymous said...

After reading about this case it seems very obvious it was a copycat murder to the murder done the month before in order to throw suspicion off someone involved with the assault on this girl. My guess is she was followed, it was premeditated and set up to look like it was done by the other killer. Her parents were completely justified in being concerned the people involved in the assault, who she had brought charges up against, weren't investigated or people tied to them, even within possibly law enforcement...it's too neat and tidy and they should re-open every tie-in to the situation that led to her assault, therein lies the key to finding who die this to her.

Max said...

Why did the ex-boyfriend decide to go to Canada? How long of time was he ex? Why did they break up?Who makes up a story like that and gets away with it? How long was he in Canada and why?If I came across my ex-girlfriends car in the side of the barn I would call police straight away I think anyone would except maybe someone with somthing to hide.

Anonymous said...

I stumbled on this case while reading about the Maura Murray case, and that bothers me for a big reason: from september of 2004- april of 2005, I worked for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. My position was such that most cases crossed my radar, especially the quirkier ones. I never heard then or have since read anything to suggest NCMEC was brought in or consulted even though I know of cases theyve taken on with victims as old as 19. Were they involved, and if not, why not?

Anonymous said...

I'm from the U.K and I have just seen the programme 'Disappeared'-I just want to wish you luck in finding her because she seemed like a sweet kid.