Note from the Editor: On March 19, 2004, seventeen year old Brianna Maitland disappeared from East Berkshire, Vermont. Fifteen years later, her case remains unsolved. I met Brianna's father Bruce last week and spoke with him about Private Investigations for the Missing, a nonprofit organization he has created to help other families so that they may not have to endure the same pain of worry and wonder his family has experienced over the last fifteen years.
One of my goals in starting the Someday Known nonprofit is to recognize and support the efforts of other private citizens and like-minded non-profit organizations, so even though we are not affiliated in any way, I am honored to provide a platform to share Bruce's mission with this guest post. I hope you will in turn share his organization's info to someone you know who may need help with their search.
Bruce Maitland- President and founder of Private Investigations for the Missing.
My interest in Missing Persons began terribly and abruptly on March 19, 2004.
My wonderful 17 year old daughter, Brianna Maitland, went missing. Life changed from that point on for me. A living hell that no parent should ever go through. In the years since, the endless searching and sleepless nights, not knowing where or what happened to her has taken its toll and continues to this day.
In the last few years the idea was brought to me by my friend and private investigator Greg Overacker- (who has donated much time and energy to assisting finding Brianna) to start this foundation.
It is an unfortunate reality that police have limited resources and time, and private investigators can sometimes get answers from people unwilling to speak to police. It is also an unfortunate reality that the costs of private investigators are beyond the ability of most of us to afford.
I started this foundation Private Investigations for the Missing, to help solve this problem for missing persons and their loved ones.
The working mission of Private Investigations for the Missing is to provide the services of Private Investigators approved and screened by our board of directors to directly investigate missing persons cases. By using their skills and experiences and oversight by our board members, hopefully new leads can be developed and bring resolution to hurting families.
We are going to run a cost-effective service. Board members take no salary, Investigators showing interest in working are highly qualified retired police working to close cases.
The board members I selected are two former heads of Vermont State Police: Thomas L’Esperance, and James W. Baker to oversee cases. Outreach and media are run by two well respected on line crime show hosts Tim Pilleri, and Lance Reenstierna. A legal advisor: Benjamin Hillard Esquire.
Private Investigations for the Missing is a 501C organization EIN 82-2856648
We ask for your support in any amount you choose to assist in our start up and to fund working expenses for our Investigators.
I do this in honor of my daughter Brianna Maitland. I think by helping others, will bring some good out of evil in this life.
Bruce Maitland- President Private Investigations for the missing