Vermont State Police Launching New Efforts To Crack Brianna Maitland Mystery

The Vermont State Police say, "Although initially believed that Brianna might have run away, it was later determined she could have been a victim of foul play. Investigators have pursued multiple leads throughout the years, but none have led to Brianna."

October 01, 2020

Brianna Maitland [Vermont State Police]

Brianna Maitland [Vermont State Police]

By: Michelle Sigona

On March 19, 2004, 17-year-old Brianna Maitland vanished without a trace after leaving her job in Montgomery, VT. She was reported missing by her mother, reports say.

Now, the Vermont State Police is partnering with Texas-based company Othram to help analyze scientific evidence to hopefully help to crack this case. The company is “ a Houston business that specializes in forensic testing and works on the cutting edge of DNA and scientific techniques to help identify victims, locate missing persons and uncover perpetrators of crime,” the Vermont State Police have stated.

On the night Brianna disappeared, investigators say she walked out of her work after 11 p.m. at the Black Lantern Inn after her dishwashing shift. Authorities say she was last seen driving her green 1985 Oldsmobile Delta by a co-worker which was located the next day at an abandoned building. It's an area called the, “Old Dutchburn Barn.” The car was dumped less than two miles away from where she was last seen alive, reports add.

The analysis of evidence can sometimes be costly, which is why Othram is launching a fundraising drive to help with the costs of the testing. Commander of Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit Capt. Scott Dunlap says, We’ve never lost sight of Brianna’s case and have worked relentlessly to find out what happened to her so we can provide answers for her loved ones and hold any offenders accountable."

The state police says this same type of effort was pushed forward earlier this year when they teamed up with another company for genetic genealogy testing on a different cold case. A fundraising campaign was launched for that investigation involving a homicide victim they named “Baby Boy Doe,” who was found murdered on April 1, 1982. The effort was fully funded.

As for Brianna's case, the fundraising site says her shift at work on the night she vanished was "uneventful." No one visited Brianna at work and she did not take or receive any calls. This only adds to the mystery of her disappearance.

If you have any information, please contact Sgt. Angela Baker at angela.baker@vermont.gov, or submit an anonymous tip online. You can also call the Vermont State Police at 802-524-5993.

To assist with the fundraising and to learn more click here.

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