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Disappearance of Brianna Maitland

Brianna Maitland was 17 years old at the time of her disappearance on March 20, 1994. Her car was discovered the following day partially hidden behind an old barn. Her coworkers last saw Brianna the night she disappeared after her shift at the Black Lantern Inn.

Disappearance of 17 year old Brianna Maitland

The night of March 19, 2004, Brianna Maitland exited the Black Lantern Inn following her shift as a dish washer. Leaving the Inn, Maitland was offered to remain to eat with her coworkers, which she refused stating the early morning shift she had the next morning. At 11:20, Maitland left and her coworkers at the Black Lantern Inn are the last known people to see Brianna Maitland. 

The following day, Vermont State Police were called to the location known as “Old Dutchburn Barn” to investigate a car backed into the side of the old barn. The 1985 Oldsmobile 88 found there belonged to Kellie Maitland, Brianna’s mother. The trooper looked inside the car and found pay stubs for Brianna and then had the car towed. The trooper also attempted to make contact with Brianna at work but the business was closed at the time. No attempt was made to notify the owner of the car or to reach Brianna at home.

Brianna’s roommate, Jillian, found a note on Friday, the night Brianna disappeared, speaking of her intention of coming home after her shift at the Black Lantern Inn. When Jillian arrived back home after a 3 day trip to visit her boy friend, Jillian again found the same note and no evidence Brianna came back home. Jillian contacted Brianna’s mother who eventually contacted police.

Police eventually realized the car found at the “Old Duchburn Barn” was Maitland’s car and Bruce Maitland, Brianna’s father, searched the car’s interior and trunk. Bruce found many items his daughter would not leave behind, including checks from her work. Vermont State Police inspected the old barn and Maitland’s car for evidence recording unknown DNA.

On the night of March 19, passersby noticed the car, backed strangely into the barn, with its lights on facing traffic. Another motorist stated seeing the car backed into the barn but without headlights on and instead the turn signal activated. Around 4:00 AM, Maitland’s ex-boyfriend drove past the scene noticing the car and stopped to check on Brianna. He says he turned off the headlights and shut both front doors. He did not find Brianna so he went home.

The first trooper, on the 20th of March, failed to make an inspection of the scene believing the accident to be DUI related. However, other motorists stopped and took pictures of Brianna’s car backed at an odd angle into the barn.

Brianna Maitland has not been seen since she left work on March 19, 2004. Her disappearance is often mentioned in concert with the disappearance of Maura Murray, who disappeared one month prior.


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