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« Reply #30 on: Jan 19th, 2007, 06:55am »

Police investigating the disappearance of Brianna Matiland are now looking into a potential sighting of her at an Atlantic City casino. Vermont State Police say a tipster reported seeing Brianna at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino on January 17, 2006, gambling at table for nearly an hour. Now, investigators are looking into whether or not the woman seen at the casino table was in fact, Brianna Maitland who has been missing since 2004.

Friday evening, March 19, 2004, Brianna Maitland left her waitress job at the Black Lantern Restaurant in Montgomery, Vermont. It was around 11:20 p.m. She climbed into her mother's green, 1985 four-door Oldsmobile 88 and drove off into the night. Brianna was heading for a friend's house where she had been staying.

At 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternooon, a state trooper was dispatched to an abandoned building where he found an empty car which had plowed backward into the back of the building, a mile from the Black Lantern.

Meanwhile, Bruce and Kelly Maitland say they received a call from Brianna's friend informing them she had not returned home after her shift.

Bruce and Kelly quickly filed a missing person report with local police. Nearly a week later, investigators linked the wrecked car to the missing child. They had believed it was deserted by a drunken driver.

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xx Affadavit: Brianna Maitland murdered
« Reply #31 on: Feb 16th, 2007, 09:50am »

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

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."

Hall and other police sources said the St. Albans office has known about Gorton's documented claim since March 2006. Hall took over the investigation in August 2006, when Det. Lt. Brian Miller transferred from St. Albans to the Williston station.

"I'm aware of this document. I can tell you that we've looked into this information and none of it's been substantiated," Hall said. He said law enforcement officials pursue all tips and potential leads, but said this one, like so many others, has borne no solid case.

Hall said this is not the first tip suggesting Maitland may be dead, but nothing along those lines has been corroborated.

"We have an abundance of information that comes in," Hall said. "The stories sometimes have consistencies and sometimes they change ... This information gets recycled ... That's obviously part of our job — to follow up on anything." Hall said similiarities between tips may simply reflect rumors being "recycled."

Unlike most other tips suggesting that Maitland was killed, though, Gorton's statement contains more detail.

Gorton's accusation also raises possible connections to several people involved in the illegal drug trade between New York City and Vermont, particularly Ryans, who was considered a person of interest in the Maitland case by the Franklin District State's Attorney and police officials until at least July 2005. Gorton's statement suggests connections, at least indirectly, through some people in a prominent Vermont murder case, the drug killing of Ligia Collins just months after Maitland's disappearance.

Brianna's parents, Bruce and Kellie Maitland, were unaware of the police document until last week.

"I'm surprised that something like this would exist and we were not told anything about it… I'm surprised to know there even is such a statement," Bruce Maitland said.

Both Maitlands commented about their sadness over Vermont's criminal justice system as it relates to youth and drugs.

Said Kellie Maitland: "Drugs are imbedded in the pop culture, and the media promotes the pop culture regardless of the destructive stuff that goes with it. It is a paying business with few moral guidelines or concerns for the youth digesting it. If you are a bored teen in the Vermont countryside, this lifestyle comes across as exciting and glitzy when in reality it has a dark side loaded with destruction and violence… we have seen that dark side."

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xx Search uncovers no Maitland connection
« Reply #32 on: Nov 3rd, 2007, 8:59pm »

Written by Jedd Kettler


MONTGOMERY: After searching for two days in a wooded area near where a weathered pair of woman’s 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 Maitland’s 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 day’s end near the site of Monday’s search. “You want to make sure that it doesn’t 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.

“There’s no indication right now based on any investigation we’ve conducted that would link that article of clothing to the Brianna Maitland missing person case. We don’t 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 Hutchin’s 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, we’re confident that we’ve 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 week’s search was centered around the remote Gibou Road location more than five miles south of Maitland’s last known location.

Police have received numerous and disparate leads in the case, none of which have yet shed clear light on Maitland’s 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 week’s searches.

“It’s an open case, and it will stay open,” Ledo said.
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