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TX BRANDI WELLS: Missing from Longview, TX - 3 Aug 2006 - Age 23

Discussion in 'Missing 2000 to 2009' started by Scorpio, Apr 21, 2017 at 1:43 AM.

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    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/w/wells_brandi.html

    Wells's black four-door 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix, which has the Texas license plate number J50ZTD and damage to the passenger side just above the front wheel, disappeared with her. It was found five days later parked westbound on Interstate 20 at Texas Highway 31, just outside of Longview and 300 yards west of FM 2087. Inside were some of her personal belongings, including her wallet, purse and her ex-boyfriend's nonfunctional cellular phone. There was no sign of Wells at the scene and no indications of a struggle, but the driver's seat was reportedly pushed back, as if someone much taller than Wells had driven it last. There was a plastic gas can in the trunk, which her loved ones don't believe belonged to her.

    After Wells disappeared, there was some activity on her own cellular phone, which had disappeared with her. Three people found the phone and used it. All three individuals took a polygraph test; one of them, a man, failed it. The man has not been publicly identified, and though he has been interviewed multiple times by police, he has not been called a suspect in Wells's case.
     
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    http://www.cbs19.tv/news/mysterious-man-claims-missing-east-texas-woman-is-alive/267360773

    Mysterious man claims missing East Texas woman is alive
    Cathryn Khalil , March 04, 2010

    The mother of a missing East Texas woman claims she may have received a break in her daughter's disappearance. Brandi Wells disappeared from a Longview nightclub three and a half years ago. Her mother, Ellen Tant, says a man named "Tim" called her this weekend claiming Brandi was alive and living in Kansas City, Missouri.

    The call was disconnected before Ellen could get any more information. Now she's pleading for the man to call her back. "You know you kind of wonder if this could be a good lead, but then it's the only hope I've had in 3 and a half years that she's alive and well. So it's all I've got so I'm going to run with it," explained Tant. Brandi Wells was last seen at Graham Central Station in Longview.
     
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    https://web.archive.org/web/20140330153045/http://www.ketknbc.com/news/re-opening-brandi-wells-case

    Department of Homeland Security reopens Brandi Wells's case

    Brandi Wells of Tyler went missing 7 years ago after leaving a Longview night club on August 3rd. Because of the time and no evidence, the case went cold. But, even now her family still wants answers. And investigators think her disappearance might be linked to a growing problem here in East Texas--- sex trafficking.

    "We've suffered long enough and so as she," said Wells' Godmother Michelle Cole. Family members of Wells describe her as a caring, and trusting young woman. "I'm afraid that could of been one of the reasons why she was taken," said Cole. On August 3rd 2006, her family
     
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    Brandi entering the Graham Central Station nightclub in Longview.
     
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    Surveillance footage of Brandi leaving the club.
     
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    https://www.news-journal.com/news/2016/aug/02/10-years-missing-wells-mother-still-hopes-daughter/

    10 years missing: Brandi Wells' mother still hopes for daughter's return

    The Longview woman’s 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix was orange-tagged by a highway trooper who found it abandoned along Interstate 20 on Aug. 3, 2006. Longview police identified the car as Wells’ vehicle five days later, her mother said this week.

    There were no signs of a struggle at the westbound shoulder of Interstate 20, about 300 yards west of FM 2087. Wells’ purse was in the vehicle, but it’s unknown whether cash was removed because Ellen Tant says her daughter wouldn’t have had any money to speak of. Wells was filling her gas tank with money from plasma donations and was planning to pawn a diamond pendant necklace. She owned no credit cards.

    No reported leads

    Police contacted last Wednesday declined a request for a live interview about Wells’ case but asked instead to respond to emailed questions. Spokeswoman Kristie Brian said Wells' disappearance is still a case Longview police are investigating. "We have not received many new leads over the past few years," she said. "When we receive new leads or information the leads are investigated. At this time there is no new information we have to release beyond what we have released in the past."

    Brian also wrote that if Longview police received information that fell under another agency's jurisdiction that the department would work with that agency to coordinate. Tant’s investigation included three mounted searches aided by two groups that specialize in missing person probes – in September and November 2006 and early 2007.

    “The last one was pretty dismal,” she said, describing low police and public participation. The Identity Channel learned of the case and made Wells the subject of its pilot episode of “Disappeared.” “There have never been bones or human remains,” Tant said. “You know, every time I’ve heard about human remains being found, I’m just on pins and needles.” Rumors and a dropped call The missing persons site also reports that Tant picked up the phone in 2010 to hear a man who called himself, Tim, telling her that Wells was alive and living in Kansas City, Missouri. The call disconnected before Tant could get more information, and she hasn’t heard back.

    Tant attended a human trafficking seminar in Tyler in 2012 and said she learned of a sexual slavers’ ring operating among Longview, Tyler and Fort Hood in Killeen. Officials with the Women’s Center of East Texas and Rahab’s Retreat and Ranch, the latter a shelter in Kilgore for women escaping from trafficking, were not familiar with an East Texas-Killeen trafficking circuit, but they said sex traffickers do patrol night clubs for victims. Teresa Richenberger, leader of Rahab’s Retreat, said local women are in jeopardy of being nabbed and shipped across Texas and across the world.

    “They do, they hit all venues,” Richenberger said. “They even hit topless clubs. They go to the bus station.”
     
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