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February 13, 2017


I seriously didn't think I had another post about Brianna Maitland in my future, however as it turns out, I do.

Brianna Maitland, for those new here was 17, female, lived in Montgomery Vermont and disappeared under more than unusual circumstances March, 19, 2004. She has never been found and continues to be connected/disconnected from the disappearance of Maura Murray, February 09, 2004 in Woodstock NH, about 100-150 miles distant. Gradually the cases are growing individualist, with most experts now in agreement the cases are unrelated.

The story about how they really became related is quite interesting, and in a moment I'll share a glimpse of the connection. But first, who am I in regards to this case(s).

In a moment I will post three YouTube videos, 3 of many on the cases. In the 3rd post, the one that's not from CrawlSpace, a private investigator mentions me briefly... I am the guy who around Nov. of 2004 spent many hours with Brianna's father, an investigative org. called MJA, while I thoroughly searched for anything metal, like her car keys, with my metal detector. At the time I had more than 20 years experience using a metal detector. In Epi 38, Greg Overacker, the PI, discloses the fact the keys have never been found. It is information I withheld while the investigation continues.

I had something to eat with her father after the event and he asked me to help more, interview her friends as he felt I had a talent for that. So I did. In reality for about the next three years I was involved in searches, strategies, and plans every weekend. I often stayed with the Maitlands at their house in Montgomery.

I have a BA and am a journalist also, though I don't do that as a job. However Brianna was different, and at about 45 I was ready to shed light on the case and bring Brianna home.

Within a year the family setup a website for Brianna, and despite many unfortunate events like hackers bring the site down, it maintained a steady pace for those years, provided a lot of discussion and included a Monday night forum meeting.

It's safe to say that as far as who the first investigative journalist was, involved with finding Brianna, it is me. In the first couple years I worked with another private investigator from Texas, named Orville, ex-law enforcement for the Texarcana police force. In his later years and when I met him he held a government job and did criminal profiling, often for the FBI. We did select a suspect after arduous work, but that unfortunately remains confidential.

Later I met and have worked with another PI, Greg Overacker. In Episode 38 especially he nicely bring the facts to focus, though I disagreed with some of the facts which we've discussed.

So how did Brianna Maitlands case become entwined with Maura Murray's? You'll have to read between the lines on this answer, but consider to disappearances happen within about a month apart. Now consider that independently, both cases are being hindered by a lack of understanding within law enforcement that any foul play had occurred. Brianna was stated in the newspapers by police as having a serious drug problem, owing a huge debt and either she ran away to avoid paying it or simply ran away. Maura had her own past, and although the family was confused about why she would simply take off and vanish, law enforcement in NH determined she had driven to Woodstock NH, crashed her car while intoxicated, and run off into the woods where she committed suicide.

The reality soon became clear that neither theory held much water. Yet law enforcement from both NH and Vermont planned a news conference for 2PM to discuss both cases and rumors were there was a serial killer involved.  The serial killer theory however was lame at best, however law enforcement considered it, but at the news conference that happened at 1PM, not 2PM, allowed them to disqualify the serial killer idea and focus more on the questionable character of each women.

By the time family arrived for the 2PM conference, law enforcement was wrapping it up. That meant, there then existed two "plausible" theories: 1) they ran away or committed suicide or 2) a serial killer was involved.

Neither is likely to be the reality.

More likely, both were abducted.

In Episode 38, PI Greg Overacker ever states that considering the number of persons who likely have indirect or direct info in Brianna's disappearance, there are upwards of 15 people. He mentions two persons in particular, Nathanial Low Jackson, sometime boyfriend to Brianna according to interviews with a friend she lived with, and Ramon Ryans, where the news reports Ryans was allegedly involved in a past murder case in Vermont of which he was cleared of any charges. Both persons were from out of state and according to Episode 38, allegedly supplied the locals with crack and cocaine.

Now Brianna liked to use marijuana. So do I, to be honest. Actually it's legal now for adults in my state of Maine. However, at the time, indications to police that she used marijuana was a red flag, and they flagged her. The investigation into her disappearance got filed, under "she'll turn up".

In the meantime police were still busy trying to discredit the "serial killer" idea and so could not close the cases completely. Eventually after many years by many dedicated persons, both cases took on the seriousness they deserved. Both the run away, suicide and serial killer ideas went past and both cases are now still being actively investigated. In Maura's case, her case was selected among a few in a newly formed Cold Case Unit the NH Attorney General setup. In Brianna's case, LE changed and today have evolved to see it for what it was - an abduction.

Enjoy or learn what you like from the following YouTube videos about each case.

Brianna Maitland - YOU TUBE Episode 38



In conclusion, it is now widely believed there is no connection to the cases. both cases are still under investigation and in the case of Brianna Maitland, surely, someone with information out of 15 people possibly involved could come forwards, even if anonymously.


  1. *Maura had her own past, and although the family was confused about why she would simply take off and vanish, law enforcement in NH determined she had driven to Woodstock NH, crashed her car while intoxicated, and run off into the woods where she committed suicide.* This is not true. There has been no conclusion whatsoever in Maura's case. It's still being investigated. Suicide is only one theory. Nothing is fact and you really should not put out things as fact, that are not.

  2. It is one theory and not one I feel is viable. I never said what you suggested is fact, only that NH State Police and then Attorney General Kelly Ayote said it was fact. Obviously I believe they are covering up big time for mismanaging the whole investigation, discounting her as a crazed teen who killed herself to provide an excuse for not digging into her disappearance.