http://www.mpnnow.com/news/x368603330Sullivan family clings to hope
By Amy Cavalier, staff writer
Wed Oct 10, 2007, 09:09 AM EDT
Chili, N.Y. -
Barbara Sullivan, the mother of missing 19-year-old Brian Sullivan of Chili, was relieved when a search of the woods at the end of Lettington Avenue came up empty.
I didnt want him to be found in those woods, she said, so I was very thankful that he wasnt because it probably wouldnt have been a good thing.
Brian Sullivan was last seen in the drive-through at the Chili Avenue Burger King at 5:38 a.m. July 8. Earlier that night, he spent time at a friends house watching a movie.
His 1995 red Pontiac Sunfire was found at the end of Lettington Avenue, in front of the woods. According to a myspace page dedicated to finding Brian, he was last seen wearing blue shorts, a blue and white pinstriped button-down shirt, a green baseball cap and flip-flops. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds.
Were just trying to hang in there and keep it in the news and do everything we can to find him, said his mother.
It gets easier and easier the more people you talk to, said his father, Daniel Sullivan. Youre not breaking down and crying.
On Sunday, Oct. 8, the three-month anniversary of Brians disappearance, about 75 family members and friends gathered at the Sullivans Chili home for a prayer vigil.
People I dont even know showed up, said Barbara Sullivan.
Brians sister, Brittney Murphy, 21, has set up a myspace page to raise awareness of her brothers disappearance.
On Monday, the site received 800 hits, said Barbara Sullivan.
I had my niece here and we just watched the numbers go up, she said. We just couldnt believe it.
She is also spreading the word with posters, which shes sent to friends in other states, truck drivers and even a moving company in Rochester. She and her husband have received a lot of advice and support from organizations such as www.projectjason.org
and Teen Hope, an organization of people who have lost loved ones or found them.
Theyre volunteers that call ... we have a guy that calls us a couple times a week to see how were doing, she said. Weve been very fortunate.
Police have been checking his phone records and trying to interview people theyve already interviewed.
Theyve been supportive, but I think theyre just at a dead-end, she said. Its just like he disappeared.
Anyone with information on Brian Sullivans disappearance should contact the Monroe County Sheriffs Office by calling 911 or (585) 753-4176.