Missing Persons

The Final Chord : Brian Barton

posted: 09/27/12
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Discovery

Twenty-five year-old Brian Barton seems to have everything going for him. He has a successful punk rock band, a close-knit group of friends, and he is engaged to be married. But in early 2005, things begin to change. His relationship with his fiance, Breanna, starts to falter, and he seems deeply upset about it. He becomes withdrawn and depressed. He also begins to talk more and more about being adopted, and expresses interest in finding his biological mother. And then, over the course of three days in March, he quits his band, breaks up with Breanna, and cuts ties with his closest friends. On the next day, he goes to see a counselor to discuss his anxieties, and then disappears without a trace, leaving behind $800 in cash, his cell phone, and his keys. As his family and friends comb the Seattle area for any sign of Brian, investigators begin to zero in on his bandmates. They start to suspect that at least one of them knows where Brian is, but no one is talking.

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