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xx Brandi Stahr, missing since 1998, alive and well!
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Brandi Stahr, a Texas University student disappeared after an argument with her mother on Oct. 28,1998. She has been found alive and well working in Kentucky using her real name and social security number, which police could not locate since they have no access to IRS records. Foul play had been suspected, searches organised and registered sex offenders interrogated after her disappearance.
Brandi's mother was planning to have her daughter declared legally dead and buy her a tombstone.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/06/05/national/main699734.shtml
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050605/ap_on_re_us/student_found
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/mpch/Prevfindme/prev102802/Stahr_Brandi.htm
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 7th, 2005, 05:39am »

By TERRI LANGFORD

When Brandi Stahr arrived in College Station in 1996, she fulfilled a dream she had since she was a little girl growing up in tiny Moody.

"She bled A&M red from the time she was 8 years old," recalled her stepfather, Ken Dickenson.

At Moody High School, Stahr was well on her way. She earned good grades, had a lot of friends and was an athlete, playing basketball, volleyball and softball.

"She was very smart and very athletic," said Richard Gomez, who was two years behind her at Moody High School. "She was real friendly with everyone."

She arrived at Texas A&M with 15 credits earned at Temple College, which is about 20 miles southwest of Moody. But within two years of her high school graduation, the A&M dream was slipping from her grasp.

By her sophomore year, Stahr had a straight D average and her parents a substitute schoolteacher and a paint store employee were fending off more than $25,000 in credit card bills.

There were arguments over her grades, spending and a boyfriend, according to her family. Her parents took away her car and tried to get her to come home to attend nearby Baylor University in Waco.

Then, sometime in October 1998, Stahr left her parents' lives. A few months after she left, a cryptic e-mail from "Lil B" made it to Stahr's roommate, Beatrice Cruz. In it, the writer said she had to get away. But police were not convinced it was from Stahr, believing that it might have been from someone holding her and trying to persuade friends and family that she was alive.

Then, for the next seven years, there was silence.

Finally, on May 25, the family learned that Stahr is alive and living in Florence, Ky., where she works as a department manager at a Sam's Club.

"I think she got a semester or two in and then they were realizing that something wasn't quite right," said Sgt. Matt Cawthon of the Texas Rangers, who began looking into Stahr's 1998 disappearance in 2000.

Cawthon didn't have much to go on. Stahr, already 20 by the time she disappeared, had left her College Station apartment, taking with her only a purse and a backpack.

He scoured the state for leads, tracking down her former roommate in San Antonio, even interviewing death row inmate Ynobe Matthews, a convicted murderer and rapist, four hours before his execution.

"You're about to meet your maker," Cawthon said he told Matthews. "Did you kill her?"

"I can't help you," Cawthon recalled the inmate telling him.

Cawthon then searched through every available database, punching in Stahr's name and her Social Security number. Nothing.

Law enforcement officers are unable to access federal tax records, which may have located Stahr earlier.

Initial reports indicate she was still using her real name in Kentucky. However, a search of databases by the Houston Chronicle found no driver's license or addresses after 1998, possibly indicating that she lived with others to avoid detection.

An anonymous phone call to the Texas Department of Public Safety brought Stahr back to her family last month.

The caller told DPS that Stahr was working at a Sam's Club in Florence. After verifying that Stahr was employed there, Cawthon had the principal at Moody High School contact her family the next day. Her parents were about to declare her dead.

"My wife was going to buy a tombstone and put it up," Dickenson said.

After hearing that their daughter was alive, they talked to her by phone.

"She was kind of overwhelmed," Dickenson said. "She kind of apologized about it and was crying. We were just so damn glad she was alive."

Stahr explained that the chaos in her life as a student forced her to disappear.

"She had a lot of things happening in her life," her stepfather said. She said she wanted to disappear. "And boy, did she ever," Dickenson said.

In 1998, Stahr became one of the 70,000 missing person cases opened each year in Texas. Each year, all but about 7,000 are located, DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said.

Now that she's surfaced, the family worries that excessive media attention about her story will drive Stahr away from them again. The Chronicle has not been able to reach Stahr for comment.

An e-mail she sent to the family indicated she is afraid she will lose her job because of all the reporters flooding to her workplace.

"It's getting to be a real circus up there," said Dickenson.

Family members want to visit her, but they are waiting for her to say when.

"We will (visit) when she's ready for us to do this," Dickenson said.

Her mother, Ann, agreed.

"It's done. It's over. She's alive. She's well. And I still love her," Ann Dickenson said. "It's unconditional love."
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 8th, 2005, 12:46am »

This has to be one of the best heart warming stories I have heard of in a long time. God Bless these parents I am very proud for them and their daughter.
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xx Re: Brandi Stahr, missing since 1998, alive and we
« Reply #3 on: Jun 30th, 2005, 10:57am »

Heart-warming? My heart is not warmed. Brandi sounds like a spoiled brat and she put her mother and father through all kinds of needless heartache. It's too bad she isn't younger so her parents could spank her ass!
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« Reply #4 on: Jun 30th, 2005, 11:00am »

Heart-warming? My heart is not warmed. Brandi sounds like a spoiled brat and she put her mother and father through all kinds of needless heartache. It's too bad she isn't younger so her parents could spank her ass!
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« Reply #5 on: Aug 12th, 2011, 3:35pm »

angry I feel the same way. There are peaople out there who are truly MISSING! Not ran away to get away from her parents and never say a word! She was a grown woman when she left. All she had to do was tell them she wa sleaving and be done.. Then al this heartache could have been avoided!
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« Reply #6 on: Aug 26th, 2011, 4:36pm »

that was very selfish of her to be gone all that time and never contact her parents, one day if she has a child , Well you know what they say What comes around goes around
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