Another Disappearance Anniversary: Brianna Maitland

On March 19, 2004 at around midnight, seventeen-year-old Brianna Maitland got into her car and drove away from her restaurant job in rural Vermont.


Reportedly, she was going to her friend's home where she had been staying--as Brianna had to be at a second job at 8 am the next morning.

The next day, her car was found backed into the side of an abandoned farmhouse about a mile away from the restaurant where she worked.

Inside the unlocked vehicle were Brianna's personal items, but there was no sign of the young woman.

Brianna has not been seen since.
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One of the reasons that I started blogging years ago was to discuss the Brianna Maitland disappearance--and myself and/or guest blogger "BobKat" have authored numerous posts on the sad case.

With the case's anniversary in the news, Vermont State Police did several interviews with reporters regarding the investigation.

But, as one reader who stopped by my place last week said "there is nothing new on this case."

He is right.

Well, I did have one observation on the fresh articles published.

The most popular theory current used to explain the incident is that someone was hiding in the backseat of Brianna's car when she left work that evening.

That she was attacked near the farmhouse, and the discarded vehicle is the result of her resisting a kidnapping.

A representative from the Vermont State Police said that they have "physical evidence" from the woman's car that could lead to a suspect.

I have always thought that she was the victim of a crime--as opposed to someone who decided to start a new life elsewhere or died accidentally and others dumped her car there to avoid police attention.

And, I do believe that she knew the individual/individuals responsible for her disappearance.

But, I don't favor the theory that she was attacked while driving.

It could have happened, but why take the chance of being seen getting into the vehicle or prematurely being discovered before Brianna left work?

It seems less likely as compared to other theories.

If she knew the individuals, why not get her attention while driving, and have her pull off somewhere more private than a restaurant parking lot?

Somewhere that was well known to locals.

Like the place her vehicle was recovered: the abandoned Dutchburn Farm.

The individual or individuals could have still left the evidence referred to by police with the latter explanation--a struggle ensued in the vehicle or the car was moved in an attempt to quickly conceal it.

Certainly lots of unanswered questions still with this case.

Brianna's family and friends are in my prayers as the 10th anniversary of her disappearance recently passed.

You can see all posts on Brianna Maitland by clicking here





What Not to Do While Driving

Did you know that hiding from the police while driving could be dangerous?

I mean crawling into the back seat from the driver's seat, while the vehicle is in motion?

And doing this without someone immediately willing to take the steering wheel?

I know.

I know.

You'd never believed me that this was dangerous, so I am happy that Scott Tucker of Maine recently provided me with this vivid example to support my assertion:
A West Gardiner (ME) man is facing a host of charges after reportedly jumping from the driver’s seat into the back of his moving car in an effort to hide from a Richmond Police officer.

Scott Tucker, 39, who was driving without a license and wanted on numerous warrants, let his 2003 Chevrolet Malibu coast down Main Street as he continued to hide in the back seat, said Richmond Police Chief Scott MacMaster.

Tucker’s escape bid was ultimately foiled when the car eventually stopped and he tried to jump out of the back seat to run away…

Richmond Police Officer Chris Giles tried to stop Tucker’s car shortly before 1 a.m. on March 12 for a faulty tail light. Tucker refused to pull over when Giles turned on his cruiser’s blue lights, and he continued to drive even after Giles turned on the siren, MacMaster said. Giles then turned on his cruiser’s spotlight and aimed it into the Malibu.

“That’s when he observed the driver jump from the driver’s seat to the back seat,” MacMaster said.

The driverless Malibu continued down the road at about 40 mph, careening from side to side off snowbanks and nearly causing a crash with another car, MacMaster said.

Tucker continued to lay prone on the back seat out of view of Giles’ spotlight.

As the Malibu approached the Parks Road intersection, the front seat passenger, a relative who owned the car but was not named by police because he was not charged, leaned over to try and control the car.

Eventually the passenger was able to bring the car to a stop, MacMaster said…

I guess we can all file that under "life lessons learned."

Like, when I was a child and told repeatedly to never to run while holding scissors--it only took me one self-stabbing incident before I realized what wise advice that was.
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Enjoy your weekend all. 

My Most Controversial Assertion Yet

Lately, I have been getting a few comments and emails accusing me of becoming overly opinionated with my posts.

That perhaps I am becoming too controversial.

And lacking in clarity.

I disagree.

And just out of spite, I am going to use today's offering to stir the pot.

Yes, I am embracing divisiveness with this post.

I hope you have your seatbelt on prior to reading the following.

I declare...

that…

THE BEST TASTING KID CEREAL OF ALL TIME IS:

Captain Crunch's Peanut Butter Crunch!



There you have it.

I need to sit down now and rest.

All this playing with fire and stirring controversy is draining the energy from me.

Thanks for listening though.
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So what do you think of my bold assertion?

Agree? Or, would you choose another children's cereal as your favorite?

Note: The folks from Quaker Oats/Captain Crunch DID NOT compensate me for today's topic--though they should. 

Twenty Years Missing

On the morning of April 3, 1994, eighteen-year-old Heidi Allen was working alone at the D & W Convenience Store in New Haven, NY.


Heidi was not scheduled to work that day.

The young woman was filling in for a co-worker who had taken off to give her children their Easter baskets--as it was Easter Sunday.

Heidi opened the store at 5:45 am, but was found to be missing at 7:50 am.

Her jacket, purse, and car keys were found inside the store, and her vehicle was left undisturbed in the parking lot.

There was cash in the register and on the counter, but no sign of the clerk.

The store did not have working video cameras.

Two brothers were eventually arrested and charged with her kidnapping. Richard Thibodeau was found guilty and is serving 25 years to life in prison. His brother was found not-guilty after a separate jury trial.

But Heidi Allen has not been seen since that morning at work.

Almost twenty years missing.

Lisa Buske is Heidi's sister.

She has written four books (including one on her missing sister and how it changed Lisa's life).

She is also a blogger.

To publicize the upcoming yet tragic 20th anniversary, she has written a series of heartfelt posts on her missing sibling.

The pain, the grief, and the struggle to understand "why?"

I hope Lisa's writings help other families who struggle with lost loved ones.

Whether it is a first anniversary, a twentieth, or more.
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You can visit Lisa's blog by clicking here or read my other Missing Persons or Missing Person Monday posts by going here

On Jim Irsay

The arrest earlier this week of Jim Irsay, the multimillionaire and owner of the Indianapolis Colts, on DWI and felony drug possession charges serves as a reminder.


Addiction is not confined to the poor neighborhoods.

It is not relegated to those who are viewed as “dispensable” by the mainstream.

Adolescents nor adults are immune.

No matter how much wealth and/or power an individual has, if he or she is not properly grounded, a void will exist.

Emptiness.

Peterson describes this as spiritual poverty.

Attempts to fill such a void are consuming.

And certainly our society has lots to offer in terms of appealing remedies.

Quick pleasure, brief highs, and pain-dullers.

Sadly, they are all just that: temporary.

I hope Mr. Irsay’s stay in rehab is time well spent, and that he begins anew.

That he views this arrest as an opportunity.

A second chance.

One that some who have made similar mistakes were never granted.

My prayers are with him and his family.

And those facing the same struggles as well.

Love is an Open Door

Previously, I have been asked by expectant fathers how a new addition (or two, or three) will change life; not only immediately but beyond that.

I explain it in terms of a decade.

Like a parent ten years into family life is a contestant on the quiz show Jeopardy.

From behind the contestant podium, he or she stares at the available categories.

And frowns at all potential questions on popular culture.

Contemporary movies and television programming for adults? not so much

Current music? some but not really

News from the past few years? not even

Recent live sporting events? don't ask

Knowing that the the time invested in kid raising has caused a dearth of knowledge in all things current, the contestant will hope for "history" categories--otherwise known as anything other than what has happened in the last decade.

One area of information that parents with young children do excel is on anything related to Disney, Pixar, or other child-friendly movies.

Perhaps displayed best by this mom and dad.



The disinterested girl in the backseat was a nice touch with their video.
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Note: Today's post was inspired by me scrubbing the kitchen and dining room floors a few days ago while the young twins played "Love is an Open Door" at least 13 times in a row. Quality family time for sure...

Vanished: Kyle Peterson

Yes, I have earned a nickname like the "Inconsistent Blogger" of late…

But, back to important topics. 
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On February 24, 2014, Kyle Peterson allegedly crashed his SUV into the guardrail in Troutdale, OR.


Neighbors heard the collision and called police.

Witnesses saw Peterson apparently uninjured by the one-vehicle collision, revving the engine trying to get it unstuck.

An officer arrived shortly thereafter.  A police report indicated that Peterson told the officer that he was looking at his phone when the crash occurred.

While the officer was working the scene, Peterson allegedly got back into his SUV and began trying to again dislodge it.

This caught the officer by surprise and he ordered Peterson to stop.

Peterson then walked into the woods--a rugged area with a steep drop-off, adjacent to the Sandy River.

He has not been seen since.

A police tracking dog called to the scene lost the scent near the flowing water.

Evidently, the family brought in other tracking dogs, and the indicators also pointed to the river.

Due to unsafe conditions, authorities were unable to search the Sandy River anymore at that time, but police continue to investigate the man's disappearance.

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I noticed that detectives have not yet added Kyle Peterson's case information into the National Missing and Unidentified Person Database (NAMUS).

It is a step that many jurisdictions (including agencies in California) are now requiring investigators to complete.

Sadly, once the initial flurry of publicity passes, the details of this disappearance and others are often forgotten by the public.

It is really difficult to find someone like Kyle Peterson if no one knows he or she is missing.