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Missing Girl: Brianna Maitland - VT - 03/19/2004

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Originally posted on 06/18/06

by Dan

 

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Search For Maitland Continues

St. Albans Bay, Vermont - June 17, 2006

The search for a missing Vermont teenager took State Police to St. Albans Bay.

Authorities tell Channel 3 News they were acting on information concerning the disappearance of Brianna Maitland of Montgomery. The Franklin County teen has been missing for more than two years now. More than 30 search and rescue personnel from several agencies were on the scene. Authorities also combed an area in Montgomery and Richford Saturday.

Police say they didn't find anything related to Maitland's disappearance at any of the three locations.

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Originally posted on 06/19/06

by Denise

 

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Police Search For Woman Missing More Than Two Years

POSTED: 12:51 pm EDT June 18, 2006

UPDATED: 9:03 am EDT June 19, 2006

MONTGOMERY, Vt. -- Police came up empty-handed Saturday after searching in three locations for a young Montgomery woman who has been missing more than two years.

More than 30 search and rescue personnel from three agencies searched in Saint Albans Bay, Richford and Montgomery for Brianna Maitland.

Police said they didn't find anything related to Maitland's disappaerance.

It's been a frustrating effort for police.

In March, they extended the search to Atlantic City, N.J., after receiving a tip that someone fitting Maitland's description was working in a casino there. That search also proved fruitless.

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Originally posted on 06/24/06

By Dan

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Searching for Brianna

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St. Albans, Vermont - June 21, 2006

Search crews are combing St. Albans Bay, looking for a missing Franklin County teen.

Police say they are looking for information concerning the disappearance of Brianna Maitland of Montgomery. She's been missing for more than two years now.

Wednesday's search is a continuation of Saturday's efforts. The rainy weather prevented crews from getting to certain areas of the bay.

According to police, there is no new information that drew their attention to the location, but that it's just part of their investigation.

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Originally posted on 08/25/06

by Denise

Evil is among us

Written by H.P. Albarelli Jr.

Thursday, 24 August 2006

Two weeks ago, a friend sent me a copy of his just published book. His name is Peter Levenda and his book is titled "Sinister Forces: The Manson Secret." Manson is Charles Manson, the personification of evil in America today. Levenda's book advances a provocative thesis: Manson was a product of a cartel of secret private and public forces that conceived and shaped him into the evil monster that destroyed so many lives.

Levenda's book made me think about the nature of evil and its existence in the world today. Pres. Bush and other politicians are prone to pontificate about evil. Evil abounds overseas, they say, their xenophobia engaged full throttle. But you don't have to look overseas, or at people like Manson, to find evil. Evil can be found right here in Franklin County.

Two years ago, 17-year old Brianna Maitland vanished while driving home to Sheldon from Montgomery. Brianna hasn't been found yet, but stories, many holding shards of truth, abound about her fate. These stories revolve around a certain late-night party in Richford. Allegedly, Brianna was murdered at this party, her body then secreted away.http://www.thecountycourier.com/inde......291&Itemid=

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Originally posted on 10/04/06

by Dan

Brianna Maitland will be featured on the television program "Missing".

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The show will air the week of October 2, 2006, and in most areas, is shown on the following weekend.

Please check out whick station airs the program in your area by visiting the following link.

Missing - Links

Then check out the station's site (provided in the above link) for the exact day and time the show airs.

All the following adults and children will be featured on this episode.

Kelli Cox, Ke'Shaun Vanderhorst, Patricia Viola, Chrystle Edmonds, Charles Aaron Smith, Kevin Beights, Terri Slaugenhaupt, Ruth Hoffman, Tyesha Bell, Rachel Ziselman, Ernesto Villarreal, Jacob Miranda, Thalia Miranda, Taylor White, Destanie Trevillion, Jamel Williams, Zulma Flores, Christopher Bacsain, Darsha Robinson, Raed Alfarah, Noah Turner, Rebecca Redick, Claudia Guillen, Brianna Maitland, William Smolinski, Jr.

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Originally posted on 02/02/07

by Denise

Affadavit: Brianna Maitland murdered

Written by H.P. Albarelli Jr. & Jedd Kettler

Thursday, 01 February 2007

A recently unearthed Burlington Police Department report may point to a tragic and grisly end to the investigation into the disappearance of Brianna Maitland on a night nearly three years ago as she drove home from her job in Montgomery.

The notarized police affidavit recounts the statement of Debbie Gorton, of Colchester, the sister of Ellen Ducharme, who was convicted in the July, 2004 drug murder of Ligia Collins.

Gorton claims Maitland was killed by Ramon Ryans one week after her March 19, 2004, disappearance, and her body disposed of on a pig farm.

Gorton claimed that Ryans killed Maitland over drug money. She told the BPD officer that Maitland had given Ryans' a "couple thousand" dollars to buy crack cocaine, but eventually asked for the money back. Maitland, she claimed, was killed following the argument that ensued.

Gorton claimed that Ducharme told her of the murder and that Maitland's body was in Ducharme's basement at one point.

In the Burlington Police Department report, from a separate March, 2006 police investigation in Colchester, Gorton suggested that her sister and several others  Moses Robar, Darrel Robar, Timothy Crews  were also involved, particularly in the disposing of her body.

Police cautioned this week, however, that the document, obtained by the County Courier and independent investigative journalist Hank Albarelli, has, like so many other tips they have received, led to no solid evidence of Maitland's whereabouts or her fate.

The lead Vermont State Police investigator on the Maitland case, Det. Lt. Glenn Hall in the St. Albans barracks, said the statement appears to be another unsubstantiated tip in the labrynthian case. (See related story on page 7 which navigates this maze.)

"Right now we have a missing persons investigation; that's what we have," Hall said this week, when asked about the police report. "We have no reason to believe that there's any truth to this statement at this point. If we were able to corroborate it, obviously we would continue (following it). I would compare it to other information that we've gotten."

The County Courier Affadavit: Brianna Maitland murdered

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Originally posted on 02/02/07

by Denise

Latest Maitland revelation another marker along a complicated, troubling path

Written by H.P. Albarelli Jr. & Jedd Kettler

Thursday, 01 February 2007

Nearly three years ago, on March 19, 2004, at about 11:30 p.m., 17-year-old Brianna Maitland disappeared on her way home from work at a Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery.

Her light-green, 1985 Oldsmobile 88, with the headlights still on, was found one mile from the inn, backed into the clapboard side of the ramshackle farmhouse commonly referred to as the "old Dutchburn house." In 1986, two elderly brothers, Myron and Harry Dutchburn, had been severely beaten by an intruder who burglarized their home. The brothers, who were hospitalized and then placed in a nursing home, never returned to the house.

Never before reported by the Vermont media is that on March 20, less than 12 hours after her disappearance, Brianna's abandoned car was first spotted by a passing State Police trooper on regular patrol along Route 118. The officer stopped to examine the vehicle, which had punched a hole in the clapboard siding of the Dutchburn house, causing a heavy piece of plywood covering a window to fall on to the vehicle's rear trunk. The trooper opened the vehicle's unlocked doors, saw two Black Lantern Inn paychecks made out to Brianna Maitland on the front seat, and reportedly picked up several items off the ground nearby the vehicle, including a broken necklace, and tossed them into the vehicle's back seat. He noted the vehicle's license plate number in his notepad, took a photo of the scene, and then continued on his way, reportedly thinking someone, perhaps a drunk driver, had abandoned the vehicle.

Three days later, 17-year old Jillian Stout, a close friend of Brianna's since 4th grade, called Bruce and Kellie Maitland, Brianna's parents, at their Franklin home. At the time of her disappearance, Brianna had been staying with Jillian at Jillian's father's home in Sheldon. Worried about Brianna, Jillian asked the Maitlands if she had returned home, and the Maitlands quickly realized their daughter was unaccounted for.

Brianna's parents immediately called the Vermont State Police to report their daughter missing.

The police said they would put out post-haste an APB [all-points-bulletin] on Brianna's car. When the Maitlands went to the local State Police barracks in St. Albans the next morning to fill out the necessary missing-person forms, and to provide police a photo of their daughter, the patrol officer who had discovered Brianna's car at the Dutchburn house days earlier happened to be there. He quickly recalled the abandoned vehicle at the Dutchburn house, opened his notepad and extracted a photo. He asked the Maitlands if the vehicle pictured was Brianna's.

Up until this time, the Maitlands knew nothing about their daughter's car being discovered abandoned. Kellie Maitland looked at the photo and felt herself becoming sick. Bruce Maitland asked why they had not been notified earlier about the car's discovery. The officer explained that he was just returning from a long weekend off and that was why he had not contacted the Maitlands. "I didn't understand why someone else with the police couldn't have called us," Bruce said. "The car was registered in my wife's name."

After a series of additional snafus that stalled the investigation's start, law enforcement officials launched intensive efforts to locate Brianna. State police officers received "a good many tips" and conducted numerous interviews, bringing in "over 160 persons for personal interviews and interrogation," according to Vermont officials. At least three individuals were given polygraph examinations that were "inconclusive" with at least one revealing "deception." The first few months of State Police efforts included the participation of the FBI, and prolonged ground and air searches were conducted. Many of these searches included hundreds of volunteer citizens.

The first good lead

One of the earliest leads that came in to the State Police, less than a month after Brianna's disappearance, concerned a confidential tip that Brianna was in the basement of a Reservoir Road farmhouse in Berkshire, against her will. Police investigators, accompanied by U.S. Border Patrol and Vermont Fish and Game agents, quickly raided the rented house, about 15 minutes away from the Black Lantern Inn.

When police entered the farmhouse on April 15, 2004 they discovered several people inside, but following a thorough search of the house and property, found no signs of Brianna. During the search, however, police did discover various amounts of marijuana, cocaine, handguns, and drug paraphernalia.

State police arrested the occupants of the house, Ramon L. Ryans, 28, of Queens, N.Y.; Nathaniel Charles Jackson of New York and North Carolina; Timothy Powell of Berkshire; and Stephanie A. Machia, reportedly 17, also of Berkshire. At the time of the arrest, both Ryans and Jackson were fairly notorious among local residents in Richford and Enosburg for "hanging around public parks and school yards" and allegedly "selling crack cocaine." Some young teens and adults in the towns knew both men by their respective street names, "Street" and "Low." In addition to "Low," Jackson was also on occasion referred to as "Nasty."

All of those arrested at the Berkshire farmhouse admitted to knowing Brianna Maitland, but maintained they did not know where she was or what had happened to her. After being arraigned and, pending trial without bond set, the four were released. Jackson reportedly returned to a Richford apartment that he shared with several other individuals, and Ryans left for Burlington, some 50 miles away, where he lived in an apartment he shared on occasion with a 25-year old single mother of two, Ligia Rae Collins.

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Originally posted on 02/27/07

by Ryder97 (Truckingboards)

With the 3rd anniversary approaching of Brianna Maitland I was asked by a family member to create a video to remember Brianna and hopefully draw some attention to her case. Please take the time to view this video.

Brianna Maitland - Google Video

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Originally posted on 03/15/07

by Denise

One more vigil

Annual gathering for Maitland could be last

Written by Ethan Dezotelle

Thursday, 15 March 2007

ENOSBURG FALLS: In the years since then-17-year old Brianna Maitland disappeared after leaving work in Montgomery on March 19, 2004, Katie Manning, a close friend of Maitland, has organized an annual candlelight vigil in her honor.

This year, Manning will do the same to mark the three-year anniversary of the disappearance. She will gather with Maitland’s family and friends, as well as concerned northwest Vermont residents, in Enosburg Falls’ Lincoln Park at dusk to light candles and share memories of the young woman who, if alive, is now the same age as her – 19. But unlike past vigils, this year’s will be Manning’s last.

“I’ve come to terms with (Maitland’s disappearance). I don’t think she’s still alive,†Manning said. “Realizing that was something that was hard to do, and this one last vigil is probably the best closure we’re going to get.â€Â

Manning said she first began to consider the possibility that Maitland was no longer alive about a month after she disappeared. She said it would have been unlike her to be gone for so long without making any sort of contact with home, “even if somone had taken her.â€Â

“She was smart. She would have found a way,†Manning said.

Manning first began the vigil as a way for herself and others to fill the physical and emotional hole left behind following her friend’s disappearance.

“We couldn’t really have a funeral or anything like that, but it was a way of getting everybody together to support her and each other,†she said. “And if Brianna was out there somewhere, to let her know that we want her home.â€Â

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Originally posted on 03/19/07

by Denise

Police say most leads indicate missing teen is no longer alive

By Lisa Rathke, Associated Press Writer | March 19, 2007

MONTPELIER, Vt. --Three years after Brianna Maitland vanished after leaving work at a Montgomery restaurant, police haven't given up hope that she could be found alive.

"We'll still treating this as a missing person investigation," said Vermont State Police Detective Lt. Glenn Hall. "While some of the leads are indicating that she's not alive, we haven't been able to verify that."

On Monday night a friend of Maitland's planned to hold what could be her last yearly candlelight vigil with Maitland's family at a park in Enosburg Falls to remember her friend, the County Currier newspaper reported.

Maitland, of Sheldon, was 17 when she vanished after working as a dishwasher at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery on the night of March 19, 2004. Her car was found the following day with its back smashed into an abandoned house about a mile a way.

Since then police said they have investigated hundreds of leads, and scoured farms and property in Franklin County. In October of 2005, police searched areas of northwestern Vermont using cadaver-sniffing dogs and other equipment.

Leads continue to come in, and many indicate "that something bad happened to her and that she's no longer alive," Hall said. Often the information is second-hand and not new, he said.

"What we're looking for ultimately is somebody who has some direct knowledge around the circumstances of when she disappeared," Hall said.

Last year, the sister of a Burlington woman convicted of killing her friend and drug dealer told police that an alleged drug dealer killed Maitland, Hall said. Police have been unable to verify any of those accounts, Hall said.

"We're still looking to do some more interviews on that," he said.

Also last March, police extended the search to Atlantic City, N.J., after receiving a tip that someone fitting Maitland's description was working in a casino there. That search, however, proved fruitless.

"Is it possible?" Hall said of the chance of finding Maitland alive. "I could say it is possible, at this point."

Maitland's parents, who have offered a $20,000 reward and have been critical of the police investigation in the past, did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Police say most leads indicate missing teen is no longer alive - Boston.com

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Originally posted on 03/19/07

by Denise

Monday, March 19, 2007

Three years later, police still looking for answers in case of missing teen

Published: Monday, March 19, 2007

Today marks the three year anniversary of the disappearance of Brianna Maitland, a Montgomery teenager who was last seen leaving work on the night of March 19, 2004.

Maitland, then 17, was last seen leaving her job the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery at about 11:30 p.m. Her car was discovered the next day next to a nearby abandoned farmhouse on Vermont 118. Maitland's parents, Bruce and Kellie, reported their daughter missing on March 23.

Vermont State Police continue to investigate Maitland's disappearance. Detectives have followed up on numerous leads, none of which have shed any light on the case.

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Originally posted on 03/19/07

by Denise

Disappearance Baffles Police

Montgomery, Vermont - March 19, 2007

It's been 3 years since Brianna Maitland disappeared and there is still no sign of the Montgomery teen.

The 17-year old was last seen leaving her job in Montgomery on March 19, 2004. Her car was found the next day -- near an abandoned farm house. Someone thought they spotted Maitland with two men last year in Atlantic City, but that was never confirmed. Police say they continue to follow leads. But the investigation becomes more difficult as more time passes.

"We continue to track down any and all leads that come to us. Some of those leads have indicated she is no longer alive. But I want to emphasize that we've yet to verify that information. So, at this point, we're treating this as a missing person's case until we verify otherwise," says Lt. Glenn Hall of the Vermont State Police.

A vigil for Brianna Maitland will be held Monday night at the Enosburg Town Green.

Disappearance Baffles Police

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Police investigate second Atlantic City tip in teen disappearance

Associated Press - June 7, 2007 8:15 PM ET

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - State police detectives have returned to Atlantic City, New Jersey, to investigate a second lead in the disappearance of a Franklin County teenager.

Brianna Maitland of Sheldon vanished in March 2004 after leaving work at a Montgomery restaurant.

This week police are investigating the report by an Atlantic City business owner who said he saw someone who resembled Maitland.

Police extended the search to Atlantic City last year after receiving a tip that someone fitting Maitland's description was working in a casino there.

But that search was unsuccessful.

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Vermont Police Investigate New Lead In Maitland Disappearance

Vermont police said they've returned to Atlantic City to investigate a lead in the disappearance of Brianna Maitland.

An official with Vermont State Police said two detectives that have been assigned to investigate the Maitland disappearance returned to Atlantic City this week after a business owner said he saw someone who looked like Maitland.

Maitland was last seen after her shift ended at the Black Lantern Inn in March 2004. Her car was found crashed into an abandoned home in Montgomery, Vt. shortly after.

Police first went to Atlantic City in January 2006 after a tourist from Vermont said he saw Maitland playing blackjack at Caesar's Casino.

Investigators were able to find a woman resembling Maitland in security footage from that sighting, but to date no one has been able to identify the woman from the footage.

A few weeks ago, NBC aired a "Dateline" special that featured Maitland. Police said they received a few tips after that special aired, but the most recent, from the Atlantic City business owner, really stood out.

Police have promised to examine the latest lead until they can exhaust all options.

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Missing Vt. woman seen in Atlantic City, police say

By LYNDA COHEN Staff Writer, (609) 272-7257

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2007

ATLANTIC CITY — A Vermont woman missing for more than three years may be living and working on the city's streets, several locals told police last week.

Brianna Maitland was only 17 when she clocked out of her job at the Black Lantern in Montgomery, Vt., at 11:20 p.m. March 19, 2004. She was headed to a friend's home, where she was living at the time, but never made it. Instead, her 1985 green Oldsmobile Delta was found the next morning backed into the side of an abandoned house about a mile from the Black Lantern.

Last month, “Dateline” ran a piece on Maitland, which led to a recent call from Atlantic City.

“A gentleman looked at the photographs and said he had seen her down there,” said Detective Lt. Glenn Hall, of the Vermont State Police.

When Vermont police visited the area last week, they found other witnesses who also recognized pictures of Maitland.

“We actually talked to several people that looked at these photos and believe they have seen this girl,” Hall said. “They don't have a name for the girl, but she has been seen on the streets in Atlantic City.”

This woman is apparently living and working on the streets.

“Nobody could really establish a single place where she was living,” Glenn said. “She was sometimes staying at different places, but I think that's common down there for a lot of girls working on the street.”

The newest information comes after a woman resembling Maitland was spotted at a game table at Caesars Atlantic City last year. A Vermont man was visiting the resort Jan. 17, 2006, when he recognized the woman. When he returned home two days later, he gave police the time and table where she was playing.

Video surveillance showed a dark-haired woman with what appeared to be a bald white man. It was taken from a ceiling-mounted camera, which does not allow a good view of either person. Maitland's parents — who now live in New York — came to the resort at the time to view the footage. Kellie Maitland could not be sure, but she recognized the movements of the hands and feet as her daughter's.

“We have had other sightings in different areas of the country, but those weren't able to be substantiated,” Glenn said. “This particular sighting is of interest to us because, No. 1, we had the video footage last year, and now we have people actually looking at pictures saying they've seen her.”

But, he added, Maitland's parents aren't getting their hopes up.

“It could very well be somebody that looks like her, you know,” Glenn said. But he added that those witnesses who have seen the woman have promised to call if they see her again, “so we can check out her identity and see if it's actually her.”

Anyone who recognizes Maitland is asked to call the Detective Bureau at 347-5766.

There is a $10,000 cash reward for information that discloses her exact location, which will be paid when she is found. There is an additional $10,000 cash for information that leads to her safe return or the arrest of those responsible for her disappearance.

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State police boost effort to track missing Vermonters

October 20, 2007

By Daphne Larkin Times Argus Staff

WATERBURY Vermont State Police have issued a renewed plea for help in solving 26 unsolved cases of missing people, some dating as far back as 1971.

Vermont State Police Director James Baker said there have been 233 people reported missing since May 2007, and 207 have been located.

"Every week we get reports of missing people," Baker said. "It's astonishing."

The cases range from "the 13-year-old who gets into a fight with parents and takes off" to people who disappear under suspicious circumstances, such as the case of Brianna Maitland, who vanished in Montgomery after completing a work shift at the Black Lantern Inn in 2004.

Maitland's car was located about a mile outside the village in front of an abandoned house, and searches have turned up little evidence in her case, according to police.

Maitland's and other stories can be viewed at the Vermont State Police Web site, a database police hope the public will peruse in an effort to assist them.

"We cannot stress how important it is for the public to understand that no matter how trivial they might perceive their information to be, it could be the one piece of information that is needed to solve this mystery and locate Brianna," reads the page dedicated to Maitland's case.

Starting this past spring, Vermont State Police have begun tracking missing person cases more accurately, paying more attention to them, Baker said. That means the state police have added cases previously investigated through local police to their central database.

"We started monitoring through the Criminal Division every missing person case in the state" and producing monthly reports, Baker said, thereby cleaning up the tracking process.

Sixteen profiles of missing people are available on the Web site, which does not include the most recent reports, such as Kenneth Murray, who went missing on May 10, 2007, from the St. Albans area, police said.

"Part of this whole conversation is (these cases) take a lot of our time," said Baker, who added that police are working on paying better attention and moving resources more quickly.

"The cases that stand out are when folks have gone missing and they're not accounted for," Baker said. "We know their families are out there struggling."

Contact Daphne Larkin at (802) 479-0191 ext.1171 or daphne.larkin@timesargus.com.

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'Weathered' blue jeans could be clue in Maitland disappearance

Published: Friday, October 26, 2007

By Sam Hemingway

Free Press Staff Writer

A weathered set of blue jeans was found in a remote wooded area of Montgomery on Thursday, about seven miles from where 17-year-old Brianna Maitland went missing more than three years ago.

We are in possession of the clothing, Vermont State Police Lt. John Flannigan said late this afternoon. We cannot say specifically whether it belonged to her. Its now being analysed by the state forensics lab.

Flannigan would not comment on whether police had recovered any DNA evidence from the clothing or in the vicinity of the site where the pants were found. He did say an initial inspection of the site provided no evidence of human remains.

The discovery of the clothing was made at a site off of Gibou Road, a town road south of Montgomery Center, by Peter Godfrey, who police said was out for a walk at the time. Godfrey declined comment when contacted by a reporter Friday.

The person found the item, picked it up and turned it over to us yesterday, Flannigan said. We have done a preliminary search of the area and we will be doing more searching over the weekend. He described the clothing as weathered, but declined to elaborate.

If the pants turn out to have belonged to Maitland, it would be a major breakthrough in the case that has baffled police since she disappeared after finishing work at The Black Lantern Inn, a restaurant in Montgomery village March 19, 2004.

Her car was later found rammed backwards into abandoned house west of the village. Despite an extensive search effort by police and volunteers in the days and weeks after she went missing, no one was able to determine what happened to the teen.

Flannigan said the site where the jeans were found was not one covered by police or volunteers in the earlier searches.

Kelley Maitland, Briannas mother, said she was notified today about the discovery of the blue jeans. She said police told her the brand name of the blue jeans and recalled that it was a brand, among others, that her daughter wore.

I did shop at the store that was the brand that was on the pants, she said. But she wore several different brand names, so I dont know.

Kelley Maitland, who now lives with husband Bruce in Gouveneur, N.Y., said they were waiting by their telephone for more information about what was found.

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Maitland Search To Resume In Montgomery

POSTED: 3:51 pm EDT October 26, 2007

UPDATED: 5:43 pm EDT October 26, 2007

MONTGOMERY, Vt. -- A pair of jeans found in Montgomery have police set to resume their search for clues in the disappearance of Brianna Maitland.

Vermont State Police plan on resuming their search in an area along Gibou Road in Montgomery Saturday morning.

This new search is being prompted by the discovery of a pair of jeans that may have some connection to the case.

State police say they're going over the jeans at a forensic lab to look for any pieces of evidence.

Maitland went missing in March 2004.

She was 17 when she disappeared.

Since then there have been several possible sightings including one at an Atlantic City casino in January 2006.

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Blue jeans found near missing woman's home

Associated Press - October 27, 2007 8:35 AM ET

MONTGOMERY, Vt. (AP) - Vermont State Police are out in Montgomery this weekend searching for more possible clues in the disappearance 3 1/2 years ago of then-17-year-old Brianna Maitland.

The renewed search comes after a pair of blue jeans was found in woods about 7 miles from where the teenager was last seen.

State Police Lt. John Flannigan says no evidence of human remains has turned up so far in the area where the jeans were found on Thursday. He says the state forensics lab is trying to determine whether the jeans belonged to Maitland.

Maitland disappeared in March of 2004 after finishing her shift at a Montgomery restaurant.

Police so far have been frustrated in their efforts to find out what happened to her.

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In Maitland case, a possible clue

Published: Saturday, October 27, 2007

By Sam Hemingway

Free Press Staff Writer

A weathered pair of blue jeans was found Thursday in the woods in Montgomery about 7 miles from where 17-year-old Brianna Maitland disappeared three years ago.

"We are in possession of the clothing," Vermont State Police Lt. John Flannigan said late Friday afternoon. "We cannot say specifically whether it belonged to her. It's now being analyzed by the state forensics lab."

Flannigan would not comment on whether police had recovered any DNA evidence from the clothing or near where the pants were found. He did say an initial inspection of the site did not turn up any evidence of human remains.

The discovery of the clothing was made at a site off Gibou Road, a town road south of Montgomery Center, by Peter Godfrey, who police said was out for a walk at the time. Godfrey declined to comment Friday.

"The person found the item, picked it up and turned it over to us yesterday," Flannigan said. "We have done a preliminary search of the area and we will be doing more searching over the weekend." He described the clothing as weathered, but declined to elaborate.

If the pants turn out to have belonged to Maitland, it would be a major breakthrough in a case that has baffled police since she disappeared after finishing work at The Black Lantern Inn, a restaurant in Montgomery village, March 19, 2004.

Her car was later found rammed backward into an abandoned house west of the village. Despite an extensive search by police and volunteers in the days and weeks after she went missing, no one was able to determine what happened to the teen.

Flannigan said the site where the jeans were found was not one covered by police or volunteers in the earlier searches.

Kelley Maitland, Brianna's mother, said she was notified Friday about the discovery of the blue jeans. She said police told her the brand name of the blue jeans and recalled that it was a brand, among others, that her daughter wore.

"I did shop at the store that was the brand that was on the pants," she said. "But she wore several different brand names, so I don't know."

Kelley Maitland, who now lives with husband Bruce in Gouverneur, N.Y., said she had mixed feelings after receiving a call from police about a possible lead in her daughter's disappearance.

"It's a no-win in a way," she said. "We've always said we want to know the truth, that's our goal. But if what we have here is hers, it's also sorrowful, it's sad. But another false alarm would be hard, too."

In the years since Brianna Maitland vanished, police have hunted down a variety of leads including alleged involvement with drug dealers and, in 2006, an alleged sighting of her playing poker at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino.

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Blue jeans discovery spurs 6-hour search

Published: Sunday, October 28, 2007

By Dan McLean

Free Press Staff Writer

MONTGOMERY CENTER -- Spurred by the recent discovery of an old pair of blue jeans in the woods, Vermont State Police combed the nearby area for six hours on Saturday, hoping for clues into the 2004 disappearance of Brianna Maitland. They planned to resume the search Monday.

Police began the search from South Brook Road in Montgomery Center and scoured an area about one-tenth of a mile from the road, Detective Lt. Glenn Hall said.

"We have really nothing to report at this time," he said Saturday evening after 10 state troopers wrapped up their search for the day.

A more extensive search is planned Monday that will cover a greater area and involve more people, Hall said.

Forensic tests aimed at determining if the jeans belonged to Maitland, who was 17 when she disappeared March 19, 2004, are being conducted at the Vermont Forensic Laboratory in Waterbury. Hall said he did not know when the tests would be complete.

The jeans were found by a passer by on Thursday. The brand of jeans is one of several worn by Maitland, according to her mother, Kelly Maitland.

A number of Montgomery residents declined to comment Saturday about the discovery, but those who did said they hoped the clothing would help authorities conclude the case.

"I hope for her parents' sake, it's hers, just to put it to rest," said Connie Sheltra, an employee at Montgomery's D & D Deli and Redemption, which is located three doors away from the Black Lantern Inn -- where Maitland was last seen when she left work.

"I think it's always been in the back of people's mind: just what happened?" Sheltra said. "We are a small town, everyone tries to stick together."

Sheltra said she was surprised to learn a possible clue in Maitland's disappearance was found in the woods a few miles south.

Kerry Fleckenstein of Montgomery Center said the discovery of the jeans merits further investigation.

"I don't think anyone in this area is satisfied that every rock has been turned over. ... I think the community would like a more aggressive look at the whole thing."

If asked, Fleckenstein said, the town would produce 100 volunteers to help comb the woods for clues in Maitland's disappearance.

The Maitland case has never been closed, police said.

"This has always been an active case," Hall said. "We are investigating it still."

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Montgomery search continues in effort to find leads into Brianna Maitland case

   

Monday, 29 October 2007 

Discovery of jeans in woods sparks investigation

    ST. ALBANS   A convoy of police and search vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles, traveled though St. Albans this morning along Route 105 as an investigation was to continue in Montgomery related to the disappearance of Brianna Maitland.    Vermont State Police reported Friday that on Thursday a local resident turned over an article of clothing a pair of jeans -- to police that was found in a remote wooded area off of Gibou Road here.

    The jeans were found in an area some 7 miles from where Maitlands vehicle was found on March 19, 2004.

    Police said the jeans obviously had been exposed to the elements for some time. They were being examined at the Vermont Forensic Laboratory in Waterbury.

    Based upon the fact that the Franklin resident, 17, when she went missing, is still considered a missing person, VSP said it is searching the area for additional items of interest.

    Police said todays search would be a more aggressive one. Search dogs have been added to the effort.

    Maitland clocked out of work at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery after 11 p.m. the day she disappeared. She was seen leaving the restaurant parking lot in her car. The 1985 Oldsmobile 88 was later found abandoned at an unoccupied farmhouse about a mile away on Route 118. It had been backed into a building.

    An extensive search of the area was conducted several times as family and friends attempted to uncover clues about her disappearance. As many as 500 volunteeers joined the search, which included the KlaasKids Foundation for Children, a prominent missing childrens group based in California.

    Police have not yet determined that the jeans found in woods belonged to Maitland.

    The Maitland family is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the solving of the case. They maintain a Web site at www.bringbrihome.org.

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Search uncovers no Maitland connection

Written by Jedd Kettler

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Police blocked off Hutchins Bridge Road earlier this week while K-9 units searched the area for clohting possibly belonging to Brianna Maitland.

MONTGOMERY: After searching for two days in a wooded area near where a weathered pair of womans jeans was found by a local resident, police said Monday they have found no other potential links to the Brianna Maitland missing person case.

Police investigators said this week that there is no definite connection between the worn piece of clothing and Maitlands disappearance three-and-a-half years ago, but it was important to take the possibility seriously.

We have an article of clothing found in a remote location in the town where a young lady has been missing for three years. When you have that kind of a combination, (a search is) the right thing to do, said Capt. Ed Ledo of the Vermont State Police Criminal Division, standing at days end near the site of Mondays search. You want to make sure that it doesnt involve the disappearance, as well as - could it be linked to it?

Police are still awaiting results of forensic biological and DNA tests on the jeans, which were discovered Thursday night, Oct. 25, by a local resident wandering by. Results of those tests are not expected for several weeks, but long exposure to the elements may also have wiped away any evidence, if indeed there were any to connect them with Maitland.

Theres no indication right now based on any investigation weve conducted that would link that article of clothing to the Brianna Maitland missing person case. We dont have anything that tells us that, Ledo said.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, some 10 Vermont State Police troopers searched the immediate area. Rain and the number of personnel available limited that search but on Monday a more extensive search was aided by clear weather and more personnel.

On Monday, some 30 VSP, other search officials and K-9 units combed a 1-mile radius around the original location between the Gibou Road and Hutchins Bridge Road, said Ledo. The search party included nine members of New England K-9 Search and Rescue, and four Connecticut State Police K-9 units, in addition to VSP Search and Rescue.

As a result of the search both Saturday and today, were confident that weve covered it very well, and no items of interest were located, Ledo said.

The area is known to be frequented by locals, including youth and hunters, though officials have no reports that Maitland herself visited the area.

The area had not been part of previous searches in the case, and police do not anticipate further searches there.

Maitland was 17 years old when she disappeared after leaving work at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery on the night of March 19, 2004. Her car was found backed into a house about a mile away, and this weeks search was centered around the remote Gibou Road location more than five miles south of Maitlands last known location.

Police have received numerous and disparate leads in the case, none of which have yet shed clear light on Maitlands fate. Despite criticism from some, police insist the case is still an important and open one, and that they continue to consider all leads.

That has not changed since this weeks searches.

Its an open case, and it will stay open, Ledo said.

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Posted Imagewidth=320 height=400http://www.missingkids.com/photographs/NCMC985167x1.jpg[/img]

Brianna Maitland

DOB:   Oct 8, 1986

Missing:  Mar 19, 2004

Age at disappearance: 18

Sex:  Female

Race:  White

Hair:  Brown

Eyes:  Hazel

Height:  5'5" (165 cm)

Weight:  118 lbs (54 kg)

Missing From:

EAST FRANKLIN

VT

United States

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Print a poster: http://www.projectjason.org/aan/AAN_BriannaMaitland.pdf

Both photos shown are of Brianna. She was last seen at the Black Lantern Restaurant in East Franklin, Vermont on March 19, 2004. She may still be in the local area. Brianna's nose is pierced and she has a scar on her forehead near her left eyebrow.

Vermont State Police 1-802-878-7111

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