Vermont State Police now working with Houston firm Othram to analyze evidence in Brianna Maitland disappearance case

WATERBURY – The Vermont State Police has announced they will be working with a third party that will conduct a new analysis of evidence in Brianna Maitland disappearance case.

Maitland was only 17-years-old when she disappeared in 2004.

According to case records, she had last been seen in Cold Hollow on the evening of March 19, 2004 where she was leaving her job at the Black Lantern Inn. She was driving her 1985 Oldsmobile 88, which was located the next day behind an abandoned house approximately one mile from her place of employment. For more than a decade, the abandoned house, visible from the highway leading into Montgomery was a stark reminder of the mystery of Maitland’s disappearance until it was burned to the ground in 2017.

More than 15 years has passed but the ongoing investigation into Maitland’s disappearance yielded no leads that satisfactorily explained what happened to the young woman. A long series of dead-ends has prompted Vermont State Police Major Crimes Unit to partner with Othram, a company based in Houston, Texas that specializes in forensic testing using the latest scientific techniques to identify DNA evidence, located missing persons, and identify possible suspects in unsolved crimes.

Othram has since launched a fundraising campaign to cover the costs of analyzing DNA evidence recovered by Vermont State Police during their investigation into the Maitland disappearance.

Concerned members of the public can offer support to the ongoing efforts by providing tips and other relevant information. To do so, contact Detective Sgt. Angela Baker at angela.baker@vermont.gov. Members of the public may also submit tips anonymously online at https://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

For more information on the Brianna Maitland case go to the Vermont State Police website (https://vsp.vermont.gov/unsolved/missing/a/maitland). If you would like to contribute to the Othram fundraising campaign, please visit: https://dnasolves.com/articles/brianna_maitland.