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« Reply #15 on: Jun 3rd, 2005, 12:05pm »

MONTGOMERY, Vt. The family of Brianna Maitland is doubling the reward for information leading to her whereabouts.

Brianna Maitland was 17 when she disappeared more than a year ago after finishing her shift at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery.

While her car has been found, there has been no sign of Maitland.

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« Reply #16 on: Aug 10th, 2005, 10:35am »

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Brianna Maitland has been missing for more than a year, and her family was hoping a specially trained search team from Texas would uncover new clues to their daughter's disappearance.

It's the same group that has been in Aruba helping in the high-profile search for Natalee Holloway --- a teenager from Alabama who vanished on the island.

The Texas Equusearch team was planning to arrive in Vermont on Tuesday, but were told not to come by local police who said they have new leads in the case. The Maitlands want to know why police have "turned away one of the best search organizations in America."

"If they give us the word that they need us and they feel as though what we have to offer is going to be valuable in this case, we won't even second-guess it, we'll be on the first flight out," said Miller.

The Maitlands said they dealt with a similar situation last year when the national organization called Klaas Kids wanted to come to town.

State police weren't available to elaborate on their supposed leads, but said they are doing everything they can to crack this case.

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« Reply #17 on: Oct 8th, 2005, 7:55pm »

Wishing Brianna Maitland a Happy Birthday on 10-8-05. Hoping for answers soon in her disappearance. She's still missng but NOT forgotten.

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« Reply #18 on: Oct 28th, 2005, 8:44pm »

A platoon of police, volunteers, and specially-trained dogs hit the woods Friday in Franklin County looking for any sign of a teenage girl who went missing a year-and-half ago.

It is the latest chapter in the baffling disappearance of Brianna Maitland.

The police say the stepped search search for Brianna Maitland had been planned for some time and they made it clear that they do not expect to find her alive.

"We do not know what we're gonna find for remains if there is anything out there," said Vermont State Police Lt. Brian Miller speaking at an afternoon press conference to discuss the two-day search effort.

Miller heads up the State Police investigation to find Brianna Maitland that was renewed Friday in two areas of Berkshire and Montgomery. Forty-five police officers from three states -- teamed with cadaver sniffing dogs -- fanned out in the hills looking for any signs of the missing teenager.

Police have conducted an exhaustive investigation for the 17-year-old since she disappeared without a trace in March 2004 after she left her restaurant job in Montgomery. Police have followed hundreds of leads, conducted hundreds of interviews, including some indicating she may have been involved with drugs and drug dealers. But there have been no arrests, and police say they have no specific suspects; just a lot of non-specific information that triggered this search.

"There's just multiple pieces of information, many anonymous tips, thru interviews just probable locations where that we could look and maybe bring some closure to this case," said Lt.Miller.

If the police found anything new Friday that would help locate Brianna Maitland, they are keeping it to themselves.

Police say the search effort will end Saturday at dusk unless they find something that would justify staying on.
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« Reply #19 on: Oct 31st, 2005, 4:07pm »

ENOSBURG — Police have begun searching again for a teenager who has been missing since 2004.

Using trained dogs and dozens of officers, officers began combing through Montgomery and Berkshire looking for Brianna Maitland, who was 17 when she disappeared in March 2004.

The search was not because there had been any new information uncovered, but because they wanted to comb through the forested region before snow made it difficult or impossible until spring.

Police, using cadaver-sniffing dogs among other tools, planned to search for two days looking for remains or other evidence, said state police Jocelyn Stohl, who commands the Rockingham barracks and is a leader of the search. There were 44 people and 17 dogs involved.

Police do not know whether Maitland is dead or alive and the presence of cadaver-sniffing dogs should not indicate any conclusions have been drawn, said state police Lt. Brian Miller.

She was last seen leaving the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery, where she worked as a dishwasher, on March 19, 2004. Her abandoned car was found the next day. She was 17 at the time and would be 19 now. She lived in Sheldon.

Maitland's family has offered a $10,000 reward for information on where she can be found. It would be doubled for her safe return or information for those responsible for her disappearance.

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« Reply #20 on: Nov 9th, 2005, 6:36pm »

Written by Ethan Dezotelle
Thursday, 03 November 2005



Mark Austin and his search dog Roman walk along Brook Road in Berkshire Friday, Oct. 28 as part of a search effort to find Brianna Maitland.

BERKSHIRE/MONTGOMERY: More than nineteen months after she disappeared, the Vermont State Police continued their search for Brianna Maitland on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, but nothing was found that brought law enforcement officials any closer to discovering what happened to her.
Unlike previous searches, though, this one – concentrated in the Reservoir Road area in Berkshire and the Gibou area in Montgomery – made use of both trained human scent dogs and cadaver dogs. Seventeen dogs and over 40 personnel were involved in the search.
"We wanted to continue to progress with the case and do it before winter," Vermont State Police Det. Lt. Brian Miller told reporters Friday, standing before a backdrop of both the Cold Hollow Mountains and Jay Peak, both of which were covered with snow. Lt. Jocelyn Stohl, commander of the Vermont State Police Search and Rescue Team, said the heavy snowfall early last week was providing an unexpected hindrance to the search.
The Search and Rescue Team was assisted in the late-week search by the Connecticut State Police canine unit, New England Search and Rescue, Maine Search and Rescue Dogs, Vermont Fish and Wildlife, Stowe Mountain Rescue, Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team, and Northeast Kingdom Search and Rescue. Of the groups involved, many worked on a volunteer basis.
The two-day search was kept to daylight hours only, the searchers concentrating on looking for articles of clothing and other potential evidence. Lt. Stohl said the personnel were "running on the assumption that we're looking for human remains."
Those involved in the search were given 10-acre parcels of land to examine in roughly 90-minute increments.
Brianna Maitland disappeared March 19, 2004. She was last seen leaving her job at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery, and her car was later found driven into an abandoned house on Route 118. She was 17 at the time. Her birthday was Oct. 8. Since she disappeared, both the Vermont State Police and Maitland's parents – Bruce and Kellie Maitland – have conducted a number of searches.
Last week's search, Lt. Miller said, had been planned for some time, and he emphasized that it was not the product of new information. "I wouldn't classify it as new leads," he said, "(just) pooling information. We've also pooled information from the Maitlands. They're aware that we're doing this."
Miller also said that while "there is nobody to classify as a suspect... the longer a case like this goes on, the more likely that it's foul play."
With the two-day search not turning up anything new, Miller said this week that now it is a matter of learning more about Maitland's disappearance. "We eliminated the areas we searched – the Gibou area and the Reservoir Road area. Now we're waiting for more information to come in."

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« Reply #21 on: Mar 8th, 2006, 2:42pm »

ATLANTIC CITY -- Police need help finding a missing Vermont woman who may have been spotted recently in a casino.

Brianna Maitland, 19, was last seen at her job in Montgomery, Vt., on March 19, 2004.

Police are using surveillance video to determine if Maitland was gambling at Caesars Atlantic City with a male companion.

Maitland is about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 118 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. Her family is offering a $20,000 reward.

Anyone with information regarding Maitland's whereabouts or the individuals in the surveillance photo are asked to call the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit at (800) 709-7090 or the Vermont State Police at (802) 524-5993.

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« Reply #22 on: Mar 9th, 2006, 2:54pm »

Police are investigating the possible sighting of a teenager who's been missing for almost two years. A Vermont man visiting a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, reported seeing someone who looked like Brianna Maitland. That man told police he thought he recognized the woman from missing person posters he had seen around Vermont. Now police in Vermont and New Jersey are investigating whether she is, in fact, Brianna Maitland.

The surveillance photographs are not very clear-- but they may be the first glimpse her family has had of Brianna Maitland in nearly two years.

"It's certainly bringing some hope to them that possibly Brianna may be out there someplace," says Vt. State Police Sgt. John Flannigan.

Maitland was last seen in Montgomery on March 19th, 2004. She disappeared after a night working at the Black Lantern Inn. Her car was found the next day, crashed at an abandoned barn. Police and private search parties have spent the past two years looking for her and praying for her return. Her photograph was posted all over the area. A man who had seen these posters told police he thought he saw Maitland at a casino in Atlantic City.

"Whether this is a valid lead or not, at this point we certainly can't rule out whether that was Brianna Maitland, or it was not Brianna Maitland," says Sgt. Flannigan.

The images were captured on January 17th by an overhead surveillance camera at Caesar's Atlantic City casino. Police say even Maitland's parents could not determine if this is their daughter.

"The photograph itself, I don't think is very useful, again because of the quality and the angle at which it was taken. But it's certainly a piece of information that has given us a lead to look into and certainly investigate further," says Sgt. Flannigan.

Vermont police are working with authorities in New Jersey. They're posting pictures of Brianna in the casino and around Atlantic City, hoping someone may know where she is.

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« Reply #23 on: Mar 17th, 2006, 2:31pm »

Written by Ethan Dezotelle

Friday, 17 March 2006



A lot can happen in two years.
On Friday, March 19, 2004, 17-year-old Brianna Mait-land left work at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery at around 11:20 p.m. It was the end of a long day. She had wrapped up work on her GED, spent time shopping and talking with her mother, and then did her shift at the inn’s restaurant. The last person to see her at work that night was the last person to see her in general before she drove off for the night in her green, 1985 Oldsmobile Delta and disappeared.

In the nearly two years that have followed, Brianna’s parents, Bruce and Kellie, have searched high and low, near and far – quite literally in both cases – for their missing daughter. Also involved in the search to varying degrees are the Vermont State Police (VSP) other local law enforcement agencies, local volunteers, the Klaaskids Foundation, the FBI, local and regional dog search teams, law enforcement agencies from various states and Quebec, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Bruce and Kellie have followed leads to the darkest corners of Franklin County, New York City and, most recently, Atlantic City, N.J. They have pushed for national media attention, receiving it a handful of times but usually rebuked in favor of other stories more likely to grab ratings. They and the VSP have received tips and leads from across the country, and each has been pursued. A kidnapping, a runaway, a murder – all possibilities have been and are still being explored. A reward – $10,000 for disclosing the exact location of Brianna or $20,000 for information leading to Brianna’s safe return or the arrest of the person(s) responsible for her disappearance – has been established. And www.bringbrihome.org, a website dedicated to finding the young woman, was put together.
Yes, a lot can happen in the two years since a pretty girl with a bright future ahead of her disappears, but the one thing all involved are still waiting for is an answer to what has happened to the young woman known to her friends and family simply as Bri.
And the searching continues. As Brianna’s father put it late last week, “We’re not giving up.”

‘Keeping it personal’
Two years ago this coming Sunday, Bruce and Kellie Maitland were living normal lives in the town of Franklin. The mundanity of everyday life – working, paying the bills, spending time with their son and daughter – occupied their time. Brianna was living at the time with a lifelong friend in Sheldon after deciding to move out of her parents’ home. When she didn’t return home after work on March 19, that friend assumed Brianna was with her parents. The Maitlands thought their daughter was at her Sheldon residence.
Kellie Maitland went to file a missing person report with the Vermont State Police after discovering her daughter wasn’t at home. What she discovered pulled the bottom out of the life she and Bruce had built together. The VSP had found Brianna’s car backed into an abandoned house, the former Dutchburn residence, just outside Montgomery. That was when the searching began.
One year ago this coming Sunday, the Maitlands, joined by friends and supporters, including Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, walked the roughly mile-and-a-half on Route 118 from the Black Lantern Inn to the Dutchburn Residence, retracing Brianna’s last known whereabouts and drumming up awareness of her disappearance.
This coming Sunday, Bruce and Kellie will again mark the disappearance of their daughter, now 19 years old. But this time, they will do it three hours away from Franklin County, and they will do it on their own, not because time heals all wounds, but because time has only made those wounds deeper.
“We’re going to do it differently this year. We’re keeping it personal,” Bruce said from the new home he and Kellie have made on the other side of Lake Champlain. “It’s difficult to cope.”
That difficulty led Brianna’s parents to put some distance between themselves and the area where she disappeared. The Maitlands were seeking a way to both cope with their daughter’s vanishing and reintegrate at least some semblance of normalcy back into their lives. That couldn’t happen in Franklin County, though.
“Moving was a desparation move... and it has been a help,” Bruce said. “It’s easier to run an everyday life when you’re away from (where Brianna disappeared). It was getting pretty hard to function. At least we’ve cured that part of it.”

Hope renewed
The Maitlands found their hope for finding Brianna lifted recently when they received a videotape from the New Jersey State Police. It contained images of a woman who bears a resemblence to Brianna, captured by a video security camera at Caesar’s Atlantic City Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., on Jan. 19. The woman is sitting at a table with an older, bald man.
“When we got the tape, it was just,” Bruce said, pausing a moment to collect his thoughts. “This girl looks a lot like Brianna, but the quality of the tape is so poor.”
A home viewing of the video wasn’t enough. After watching the tape “maybe eight or nine times,” Bruce and Kellie made a middle-of-the-night drive to Atlantic City to view the original. After nearly two years of possible sightings up and down the East Coast and in eastern Canada, had the couple finally set eyes on their daughter once again?
“It was very emotional when we got to Atlantic City,” Bruce recalled. “When we went down there, we did it with hope. When we watched the video, it was very emotional. We haven’t seen her in a while, and it looks a lot like her. There are mannerisms that are very much like Brianna’s. But there are also differences. We’ll see.
“We won’t give up, and we’ll see.”

Candlelight vigil Sunday
A candlelight vigil commemorating the disappearance of Brianna Maitland takes place Sunday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Park in Enosburg Falls.
Candles will be provided.

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On a freezing cold March 19, 2004, night at 11:20 p.m., 17-year old Brianna Maitland clocked out of her job at the historic Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery Center, Vermont.

Maitland had to get up early the next morning for her second job as a waitress in nearby St. Albans. Business at the Black Lantern had been bustling that night, and earlier that day she had spent several hours shopping with her mother Kellie. She was tired, she told fellow workers, and couldn't stay for an after-closing dinner.
Less than two hours later, her car was spotted a mile from the inn, backed into the clapboard siding of an abandoned, roadside farmhouse. The vehicle, with its headlights still on, was empty except for two un-cashed paychecks and personal items on the front seat. Brianna Maitland had vanished.

Five weeks earlier, and 90 miles south of Montgomery Center, on a cold, snowy Feb. 9 evening at about 7:20 p.m., Maura Murray, a 21-year old University of Massachusetts student, drove her car into a snow bank on a sharp curve on Route 112 near Haverhill, N.H..

Within a few minutes, a school bus driven by Butch Atwood stopped alongside Murray's vehicle. Atwood, who told reporters he is a former police officer, asked Murray if she was okay and if she wanted him to alert local police. Murray, according to Atwood, said that she was fine and that she had already used her cell phone to call AAA for assistance.

Still concerned, Atwood continued up the road to his house, only about 100 yards away, and, once inside, telephoned police to report the accident. About 10 minutes later, a Haverhill police officer, and then a New Hampshire State Police trooper, arrived on the scene. Maura Murray's car was empty and she had vanished.

The still unsolved disappearances of Brianna Maitland and Maura Murray have caused widespread feelings of insecurity among women throughout New Hampshire and Vermont, and have renewed fears that a serial killer may be on the loose.

The disappearances have served to shatter the long-standing reputations of the two states as geographically safe and tranquil havens from the ills of urban America. Both disappearances also have created deep concerns about law enforcement response procedures, as well as friction between the families of both missing women and the New Hampshire and Vermont State Police departments.

No longer safe

Throughout the 1900s, Vermont and New Hampshire were at the top of the nation's list of states that were near-free from violent crimes and murder. Indeed, in the 1950s and early 1960s, Vermont experienced murder rates that were in the low single digits, sometimes escaping annual counts without any recorded killings. All that began to slowly but steadily change in the late 1960s and early 1970s. By the late 1970s and 1980s, murders doubled and tripled in the two states. In the 1990s, and thereafter, violent crime and murders rose astronomically, and much of it was directed at young women.

From 1970 to 2004 nearly 30 women vanished in the tiny states of Vermont and New Hampshire. Of that number, 10 eventually were found, most having been brutally murdered. In total, 19 women remain unaccounted for between the two states. By most authoritative counts, there are over 60 unsolved homicides in Vermont and New Hampshire that occurred during that period.

Over the past several decades, law enforcement authorities in both states repeatedly have claimed that the murdered and missing are the victims of a wide variety of causes, including runaways, domestic violence and crimes of passion and sexual predators. Law enforcement officials argue there is no evidence a serial killer is on the loose, but many people take exception with this.

These people point to the series of young women murdered in the two states during the 1970s and 1980s by a person the media dubbed the "Valley Killer." The Valley Killer, who never has been apprehended or identified, is responsible for attacking at least seven women and for murdering at least six women. Included in the Valley Killer's death count are several young women, who physically resemble Maitland and Murray.

With the recent disappearances of the two women, police continue to insist there are "no reasons to believe that a serial killer is on the loose." Police maintain the unsolved cases are not connected in any way. But many people remain skeptical of that claim.

Says Maitland's father, Bruce, "Just because there isn't any evidence is not a reason to close the door on that theory, or any other. If you look at the vital statistics on all of these missing women, you'd see right away that most are startlingly similar. If none are related, then that means there are a good 100, or so, individual murderers out there roaming about free to do anything they want."

'She had a special charisma'

By all accounts, Brianna Alexandra Maitland was an extraordinary young woman. Beautiful beyond her years, creative, caring and fiercely independent, she was the envy of many of the girls who knew her. Maitland was as good as any man at shooting skeet, riding a snow mobile or all-terrain-vehicle, and she could track a deer for miles through the woods.

"She had a special charisma," said Shauna LaCross, who was close to Maitland. "She looked good wearing anything, things nobody else could wear. She had great style and smarts to match, and she was the best friend anyone could ask for."

Numerous other friends and acquaintances interviewed for this article had similar things to say about her.

Said Hillary Hardy, a young businesswoman in Richford, Vt., who is six years older than Brianna, "All the girls around Brianna looked up to her and envied her. Everyone wanted to be like her. She had real style and a unique quality about her."

Said one of Brianna's high school teachers, "She loved learning. It was refreshing to have her in class. She had a real thirst for knowledge."

At the time of her disappearance, Maitland was making plans to attend college part-time while working.

Brianna's mother, Kellie Maitland, said her daughter was a voracious reader, consuming every title by Homer, Anne Rice, Nicolas Sparks, Maya Angelou, Cormac McCarthy, and Margaret Atwood.

"Besides books, she loved the outdoors, music and dancing, and she was highly skilled in the martial art of Jiu-Jitsu, having taken several years of training" Kellie Maitland said. "She didn't grow up with a television in the house, so she loved works of the imagination that held meaningful lessons about life."

Brianna's aunt, Tammy Cox of Pittsburgh, Pa., who vigilantly maintains a website devoted to finding Maitland, said, "Brianna would always amaze me by quoting long sections from books she had read and then equate them to something pertinent happening in her life. She was very introspective about things."

Maitland, despite her uniqueness, never flaunted anything, friends said.

Close friend LaBelle said, "She was a really generous person who would do anything to help a friend or stranger. She would always stand up for anyone who was picked on and she really cared about people who had very little or were downtrodden, even though her own parents had to work so hard to make ends meet."

Bruce Maitland said, "She was oblivious to all her talents and good qualities. She never showed any kind of conceit. She loved life and embraced every minute of it, good or bad, and was always there to help anyone that asked."

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Like countless teenagers in northern Vermont, Maitland found it difficult to avoid the countless drug dealers who have poured into the state from the nearby urban areas of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut to peddle crack cocaine and heroin. A large number of Vermont's rural towns are seriously under-policed, many with no law enforcement of their own.

In some Vermont towns it is not uncommon to hear citizen complaints about brazen dealers peddling their illicit wares in town squares, parks and high school parking lots. In the last 10 years there have been numerous reports of rampant heroin and cocaine addiction in several Vermont border towns fed by sophisticated underground pipelines maintained by the Hells Angels and Outlaw motorcycle clubs in nearby Montreal, Canada, only about 90 miles away. Reports about steady supplies of powerful, hydroponic marijuana supplied to Vermont and New Hampshire by dealers from northern New York Indian reservations also are commonplace.

Law enforcement officials in Vermont say rural isolation and lack of out-of-school activities for teens is a strong contributing factor in the attraction to drugs.

Said Vermont State Police investigator Lt. Brian H. Miller, "I think for some kids drugs serve as an escape mechanism from the drudgery and isolation of winter and living in a small town. When there's little to nothing to do a lot kids will take turns in the wrong directions."

One 15-year old high school student in Richford, Vt., vividly underscored Lt. Miller's comments by remarking, "Up here you have to go over 30 miles to see a movie, or drive 50 miles to see to a live band or dance to music. A lot of us don't have cars, or are too young to be able to legally drive. We don't even have a skating rink in this town. … Drugs may be bad, but they make things a lot easier to take."

Socio-economic factors also play a large role.

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« Reply #25 on: Mar 19th, 2006, 7:17pm »

Thinking of Brianna on this anniversary since she vanished. Hoping she can be found soon. She's still missing but not forgotten.

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« Reply #26 on: Apr 5th, 2006, 2:46pm »

I watched this last night on Greta Van Susteren and they showed video of a girl in a Las Vegas Casino that they think could be Brianna Maitland.

Greta Van Susteren interviewed her father last night, but I missed some of the interview. Does anyone have any further information on the story? It just touched my heart when you heard her father talk about how much he loves her.

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xx Re: Brianna Maitland - March 19, 2004 - VT
« Reply #27 on: Apr 5th, 2006, 3:16pm »

Victoria,

Our blog did a story on this about a week or so ago. The still picture of the casino is in this blog entry. You can also visit Brianna's site.


http://findcarrie.blogspot.com/2006/03/brianna-maitland-sighting.html

www.BringBriHome.Org

I'm sure Bruce & Kelly would appreciate you taking a look.
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« Reply #28 on: Apr 6th, 2006, 07:50am »

MONTGOMERY, Vt. -- The father of a missing Vermont teen stepped into the national spotlight, searching for his daughter.

Bruce Maitland appeared on Nancy Grace Tuesday night, talking about the security video taken at a casino in Atlantic City last month. Many investigators believe it may show his daughter Brianna.

"Some of the profile is the same, her forehead, it looks like her forehead," said Maitland. "I don't think the nose looks like Brianna's. The chin looks like Brianna's, but it has been two years and if it is Brianna, we don't know what she's been through. We don't know if she's been beaten."

When asked what he would say if he could reach out to his daughter now, "Brianna please, we love you. We just love you so much and everyone misses you," said Maitland. "It's been so difficult just to continue life. Just call and let us know something, if it's you and somehow get in touch with us."

Brianna Maitland, who would be 19, vanished without a trace in Montgomery, Vt. two years ago.

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xx The Search Intensifies in NJ for Brianna
« Reply #29 on: May 19th, 2006, 07:09am »


Search for Maitland intensifies in NJ
No public response to ramped-up coverage, enhanced video


Article By Written by Ethan Dezotelle

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J./ST. ALBANS: The search for missing 19-year-old Brianna Maitland of Franklin received fresh attention late last week as the New Jersey State Police, accompanied by the Vermont State Police and FBI investigators, released new and enhanced video and stills from that film to the media. Despite media attention in the area at week's end, Vermont State Police Det. Lt. Brian Miller said Tuesday that no tips had come in to either the New Jersey or Vermont State Police.

What law enforcement officials revealed on Thursday, May 18 was computer enhanced footage from casino security cameras that provides a clearer look at a woman who some believe could be Maitland, as well as a sharper view of designs on the shirts worn by the woman and her male companion.

The images come from footage taken at a three-card poker table at Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City, N.J., on Jan. 17 of this year. A Vermont resident reported on Jan. 19 that he was gambling at the casino and spotted a woman he thought looked like Maitland. The woman was with a bald man dressed in black leather at the time.
Although neither New Jersey or Vermont police had received help from the public as of May 16, Miller said, "The trip was successful."
"We got good press coverage down there ... and we talked to one of the dealers who was at the table (where the woman was seen)," Miller said. "It was one last effort to see if this video is going to be able to help us out.
Regarding the likelihood that the woman in the video is Brianna Maitland, Miller said, "We don't know if it's her ... We're inclined to say probably not."
Miller also said it is important for Vermont residents to understand that although the case's attention may be focused on Atlantic City right now, it is also vital for the search to continue in Vermont.
"Circumstances in the case would suggest that (Maitland) is probably not in New Jersey," Miller said.
When the potential sighting was first revealed in mid-March, just before the two-year anniversary of Maitland's disappearance, the teen's parents, Bruce and Kellie Maitland, traveled to Atlantic City to view the video footage. Although there was not a 100 percent certainty on their part that the woman in the video was their missing daughter, they felt it was a strong enough possibility that law enforcement officials pursued the lead.
Maitland disappeared March 19, 2004 after leaving work at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery before midnight. Her car was later found by police, backed into an abandoned house. Both the Vermont State Police and her parents have searched for her since then, the scope of the search including local volunteers, the KlaasKids Foundation, the FBI, and regional search-dog teams.
Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Brianna Maitland is asked to call the Vermont State Police at (802) 524-5993.

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