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.
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.
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