Hardworking Teen Article – September 13, 1998

17 Jun

Posted  with permission. Courtesy The Province

Hardworking teen’s disappearance baffles town

The Province
Sun Sep 13 1998
Page: A6
Section: News
Byline: Lora Grindlay, Staff Reporter
Source: The Province

It’s a mystery so bizarre that even the people closest to her can’t fathom why she’s gone.

Brianne Wolgram, a 19-year-old Revelstoke woman, hasn’t been seen for sure since Saturday at about 11 p.m., when she was spotted at the local 7-Eleven store chatting with a small group of people.

Yesterday, Revelstoke Mounties were trying to confirm a report by a hunter who said he saw the teen walking along an isolated logging road about a day before she was reported missing.

The man described her clothing, something that has yet to be made public.

Mounties aren’t sure who she was talking to at the 7-Eleven, and they have nothing to indicate that foul play is involved in her disappearance — but they admit they’re as baffled as her family.

“This girl had no reason to run away from anything. She had nothing but life ahead of her,” said Sgt. Art Kleinsmith.

The black 1989 Acura Integra she bought four months ago was located Thursday on a forestry road south of Revelstoke by RCMP air services from Kelowna.

Brianne lives with her mom and dad in Revelstoke, works part-time at a McDonald’s restaurant and full- time at a gas station and has good friends who police say are helping with the investigation.

“Something weird has happened,” said her mom, Sheryl Wolgram, who checks Brianne’s room every morning hoping her daughter will be there.

“I’m hoping I’m in a dream and when I wake up, this isn’t going on.”

Wolgram said Brianne had planned to pick up a friend at 11 p.m. Saturday but didn’t show up.

Her daughter “looked pooped” on Saturday, she said, because she had been working long hours.

“When Brianne says she is going to do something, she does it,” Wolgram said.

“And she’s not the type of person to go anywhere by herself. She always has to have someone with her.”

Brianne has suffered two bouts of seasonal affective disorder in the past, which made her depressed, but her family hasn’t seen any of the symptoms in recent weeks.

Posters with Brianne’s picture are being sent across Canada.

Police are planning a helicopter search of the Revelstoke area.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Revelstoke RCMP at 250-837-5255.

Illustration:
• Color Photo: Brianne Wolgram vanished into night

Edition: Final
Story Type: News
Length: 379 words
Idnumber: 199809130161

Thank you to Sandra and Barb (PNG News Research Library).

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