Police on 7-year search for missing Vermont woman

MONTGOMERY-March 19 marks the seventh anniversary of the disappearance of Vermont resident Brianna Maitland. Maitland, 17 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen at the Black Lantern Inn, in Montgomery where she was employed.

Maitland reportedly left work on March 19, 2004, at approximately 11:20 p.m. Her car was discovered the next day adjacent to an abandoned farmhouse, located on Vermont Route 118 in Montgomery, a short distance from the inn.

The Vermont State Police continue to actively investigate Maitland's mysterious disappearance. Detectives continue to receive and investigate leads in this case. Investigators have spent the seven years since her disappearance attempting to uncover information.

Police investigators believe there is a strong indication that Maitland was a victim of foul play. There is no evidence at this time to indicate that she willingly left the Montgomery area. Despite reports that Maitland's disappearance may have been linked to illegal drug activity, investigators are unable to substantiate the connection. The State Police remain optimistic that new information will lead to a resolution in this case.

State Police detectives, along with the Maitland family, encourage anyone coming forward with information. The Maitland family is offering a $20,000 reward for information. This reward includes $10,000 for anyone who can identify the exact location of Maitland and $10,000 for anyone with information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for her disappearance.

In addition, the State Police is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the resolution of this case or information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. The Vermont State Police offers rewards on specific major cases with an emphasis on unsolved homicides and missing persons where foul play is suspected.

Anyone with information is asked to contact: Vermont State Police at the St. Albans Barracks at 802-524-5993 or the State Police Crime Information Tip Line at 802-241-5355.

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