Vermont State Police are partnering with a Texas company to complete a new analysis of DNA evidence in the 2004 disappearance of 17-year-old Brianna Maitland, the agency announced this week.
Investigators believe Maitland may have been a victim of foul play. They have pursued a number of leads since her disappearance.
The agency announced that its Major Crimes Unit would be collaborating with Houston-based business Othram, which specializes in forensic testing and “works on the cutting edge of DNA and scientific techniques to help identify victims, locate missing persons and uncover perpetrators of crime,” according to a news release.
Othram has launched an online fundraising drive to cover the costs of testing, state police said.
“We’ve never lost sight of Brianna’s case and have worked relentlessly to find out what happened to her so we can provide answers for her loved ones and hold any offenders accountable,” Capt. Scott Dunlap, the Major Crimes Unit commander said in a statement.
Maitland was last seen in March 2004 leaving the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery, where she worked. She had been driving her 1985 Oldsmobile 88, which was found the next day backed into an abandoned restaurant about a mile from the restaurant, police said.
Police urge anyone with information about the case to contact Detective Sgt. Angela Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit an anonymous tip online at vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.
More information about Maitland’s case can be found at vsp.vermont.gov/unsolved/missing/a/maitland. The fundraiser for the testing collaboration with Othram can be accessed at dnasolves.com/articles/brianna_maitland.
Contact Elizabeth Murray at 802-651-4835 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter at @LizMurrayBFP.
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