The Unsolved Disappearance Of Brianna Maitland (2004) - Shreya Sachdev
DISCLAIMER: No disrespect is intended towards anyone that I talk about on this blog post. This blog post is for educational purposes and is being posted on this website in order to raise awareness about this case and to truly hope that the grieving families and friends of these victims find closure and finally find out what happened to their loved one(s). I have gathered all this information on the internet, but unfortunately I do not know how accurate or inaccurate it is. If I have made a mistake somewhere, then I apologize. It is not my intention to spread false information.
Brianna Maitland was just 17 years old when she disappeared from Montgomery, Vermont on the 19th of March in 2004. Up until 2003, she lived on a rural farm with her family. On her 17th birthday, she decided to move out of her home because she wanted to be independent and live closer to her school, as her parent’s home was 24km from her high school. However, by February of 2004, Brianna ended up having to drop out of high school due to her unstable living conditions. She ended up moving in with one of her friends and joined a high school equivalency program.
Just three weeks before Brianna's disappearance, Briana ended up getting into a fight with a girl named Keallie Lacross. The cause of the fight to this day is unknown, but it has been said that Keallie was the one who started the fight with Brianna, and that Brianna suffered from a broken nose and a concussion. Charges were filed by Brianna's family, but they were soon dropped three weeks after Brianna's disappearance.
On the day of Brianna's disappearance, Brianna took her GED exam before going shopping with her mom around midday. Apparently, she told her mother that she had passed her GED exam and that she was hoping to enroll in college, and further her education. Whilst shopping at the last store, Brianna became startled by something outside (nobody knows what) and went outside, but then met her mother back in the parking lot when she finished paying for the items they had just bought. On the drive back, Brianna seemed very anxious and very paranoid about something, but Brianna's mother decided to not ask Brianna about it, and simply dropped her off at her shared home with her friend. Unfortunately, this would be the last time that Brianna's mother would see her daughter.
At around 3:30pm, Brianna got ready for work and left a note for her roommate stating that she would be home after work. Brianna then drove herself to the Black Lantern which was where she worked. Her shift ended up running overtime, and Brianna only got out of work at around 11:20pm. Her coworkers invited her to have dinner with them but she declined saying that she had to go home and get some rest. Brianna left alone, and was never seen again.
The next day, on the 20th of March, Brianna's car was found abandoned on East Birkshire Road on Route 118 which is the route she usually took to get home. The car was backed into an abandoned building one mile away from Montgomery. So, this car was actually backed into this building and had actually punctured a hole through the wall. Inside of the car was all of Brianna's items such as her clothing, makeup, and medicine. A woman's police jacket was also found near Brianna's car that did not belong to Brianna as well as a few beer bottles and scattered change. When police saw this car, they did not know anything about Brianna and decided to just leave it as they assumed that a drunk driver had driven into this abandoned building.
Brianna wasn't reported missing until a few days later. Brianna's roommate had actually left town, and so when she returned a few days later and saw the note and noticed Brianna wasn't there, she called Brianna's parents to ask if Brianna was with them. However, Brianna's mother told her that Brianna was not with them. This is when Brianna's mother began to call Brianna's friends and her workplace to see if they had heard from Brianna, but unfortunately no one had. Brianna's mother then decided to file a missing person's report.
When police initially began to investigate, they believed that it was a runaway case due to the fact that there was no sign of struggle or fight where Brianna's car was found. Police also investigated the area again, but didn't find anything suspicious near the area. Four witnesses, however, did come forward to say that they may have seen something. One witness was a man who was driving from 11:00pm to 12:30am the night that Brianna disappeared and said that he saw the car parked there and that the headlights may have been on, but didn't see anyone inside the car or anyone around it. Another man drove from 12:00am to 12:30am and said that he saw the car and that it had its indicator on. Brianna's ex boyfriend also drove that same night, and said that he didn't see anyone around the car. Lastly, there were a few more people who just said that they saw the car around 12:00am but nobody near or around it.
A week after police investigated this car, the police received an anonymous tip stating that Brianna was alive and that she was being held captive. They said that she was being held captive in a house in Burkshire, Vermont in a house that was occupied by two known drug dealers by the name Ramon Ryans and Nathaniel Jackson. The house was raided but Brianna was not found, although drugs were found and Raymond Ryans ended up going to jail for this. Police soon found out after talking to Brianna's friends that Brianna was involved in drugs and did indeed know Raymond Ryans.
In 2006, there was a new possible sighting of Brianna. Two years later, police received a tip that Brianna had been spotted in the Caesar's Palace Hotel in Atlantic City. When security footage was looked at, Brianna's parents did say that the girl in the footage looked like Brianna but that the footage was still too blurry to be sure of anything. The police also apparently do have DNA evidence from the car, but won't reveal what kind of DNA evidence it is.
1. Brianna left on her own will. This does seem unlikely because she told her mother that she was looking forward to going to college, and all of her medicine and money was found in her car. If she was running away, it is likely that she would take these things with her. However, Brianna had tried to runaway before.
2. This is a drug related crime: The theory goes that Brianna owed these two men, Raymond and Nathaniel, money for drugs and was in debt. Raymond and Nathaniel discovered that she was not going to be able to pay them back, and so they took matters into their own hands and did something about it. This theory also makes sense considering the fact that Brianna only very recently began to work at the Black Lantern (just two weeks prior to her disappearance) so maybe she took that job to pay off her drug debt. It is possible that the people who she owed the money to were following her and were trying to intimidate her. In late 2004, police actually received an anonymous tip from an older woman stating that it was Raymond and Nathaniel who had done this.
3. The third theory is that the girl who Brianna got into a fight with just three weeks prior to her disappearance is the one who was involved in Brianna's disappearance. This could explain why Brianna was so startled when she saw someone outside the mall. The girl however has been questioned by the police and is not a suspect in the investigation.
Which theory do I believe?
Wow. This case is really interesting, and I'm honestly really blown away by this disappearance. Initially, I thought that the girl who Brianna had gotten into a fight with was the one who was involved in Brianna's disappearance. I believe that she and Brianna's ex boyfriend had a fling which is why Brianna's ex boyfriend claimed that he saw Brianna's car that night but didn't see anyone around it, because he was trying to cover something up. However, after reading more and more about this case, I think I know 100% what happened to Brianna Maitland. Interestingly enough, it's kind of a mix between the second theory and the third theory. I believe that when Brianna was shopping with her mother, she saw both Raymond and Nathaniel outside following her which is why she was so startled. She went outside to confront them, and they told her to meet them later that night to pay them the money. Brianna agreed, but was worried because she knew she didn't have all of the money needed to pay them back, only some of it. However, she assumed that it would be fine, and went to work like she always did. Once her shift ended, she headed to the abandoned house which is where Raymond and Nathaniel had their drug dealing business, and gave them the amount of money she had for them. Raymond and Nathaniel were angry because it was not the full amount that Brianna had promised to pay them. Thus, they both started threatening Brianna and Brianna became really scared. Brianna tried to escape by running out of the house and getting inside of the car. However, once she got in, she was so scared that she accidentally crashed inside of the abandoned house and her car got stuck there. Nathaniel and Raymond were then able to get to her. I do believe that this is what happened, but it's strange to me how Raymond and Nathaniel did not attempt to break the car windows to get any of her personal belongings. If Raymond and Nathaniel did think that Brianna was lying and that she did actually have the money, then it is likely that they would have searched her car in hope to find some money. However, it is possible that they accidentally killed her after threatening her and were afraid of what was going to happen so Raymond and Nathaniel ran away from the scene. The important thing to remember is that in this abandoned house, the night of Brianna's disappearance, there was actually a party or some sort of gathering in which there were many people there. I don't believe that it was a coincidence that Brianna's ex-boyfriend was driving past this house as well. I believe that he witnessed everything, and was trying to cover up what happened in order to protect Raymond and Nathaniel as they were his friends and he too was involved in drug dealing. The anonymous tips that the police received were all from people who were at the abandoned house that night, all teenagers who knew Brianna, Raymond, and Nathaniel.
Bibliography & Credit: Fiori, Bella, director. THE BIZARRE DISAPPEARANCE OF BRIANNA MAITLAND. YouTube, YouTube, 9 July 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=11B8XNo2rrk.