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True Crime Diva Article

27 Oct

We haven’t been doing much work on Brianne’s website the last few years. This is mainly due to the fact that we felt we had gathered everything we could and had come to a stand-still with the RCMP. We talked to RCMP, an exhaustive list of friends/family, and people whose names were mentioned in rumours. Everyone and everything we could think of – we looked in to it.

This morning, some comments were made on the site that I had to approve, so I started poking around the WordPress “insights” and found some referrals from the True Crime Diva website. Though this article was written in 2012, I had not read it before: http://truecrimediva.com/brianne-ruth-wolgram-missing-since-1998-from-revelstoke-bc/

True Crime Diva

True Crime Diva post on Brianne Wolgram

 

Honestly, I have read A LOT of articles about Brianne over the years and most of them are repetitive and tell me nothing I don’t already know. I liked this particular article because it’s opinion-based and it’s interesting to read feedback from someone who is not from our area and completely separated from the case.

I still feel like the RCMP needs to publicly clarify a lot of information on this case. The sketches of the three girls ARE confusing. Why were we allowed to publish only ONE of those pictures of the car? At the time, we were happy to just have SOMETHING but this really doesn’t make sense.

I know it’s not the RCMP’s job to appease the public with information about a case and that it could potentially hurt their investigation.

I also know that publishing anything we haven’t already heard for the last 18 years would reignite public interest in the case and isn’t that what we want? If we want someone to talk – someone to remember – can’t we get people talking about this again?

Could any of the witnesses that saw Brianne that night contact us to tell us what they saw in their own words?

 

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2011 in review

30 Dec

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

2012 in review

30 Dec

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Memento

18 Oct

My eyes watered today when a friend of mine, who works at the new high school construction site, sent me an email with these photos attached:

“This is the only brick saved from the old RSS school.”

Brianne Wolgram - Brick Memento from RSS

Brianne Wolgram - Brick Memento from RSS

Brianne Wolgram - Brick memento from RSS

Brianne Wolgram - Brick memento from RSS

Thirteen Years Later…

2 Sep

Every year since 1998, this weekend has been a sad time for many of us.

I often find myself pining over Brianne and those feelings are only emphasized during the September long weekend.

This year, I have had the sudden realization that the September long weekend should not be a time of sadness and loss.  We know more than we did last year and this is the annual moment when people stop and remember that we are still looking for Brianne.  This weekend will bring Brianne’s case much more attention than any other weekend of the year and, for that, I will be happy on this thirteenth year.

As of yet, I have not received any updates or responses from the RCMP since our meeting in March 2011. I know there have been some personnel changes within the department so I am not sure if my communications have been passed on to someone else.

I also emailed Dan Picken from Missing Children’s to review those meeting notes and get back to me with any answers but I have not received a response from him either.

I will keep trying to get answers.

If anyone would like to post something they have written, please let me know.

Thank you to everyone who has supported myself and this website over the last couple of years. Thank you to those who have willingly brought me information about Brianne’s case and to those who have put up with my questioning. Lastly, an extra big thank you to the people who have been helping me out of the straight-up goodness of their hearts. You know who you are. 

Anna

UPDATED Saturday, September 3, 2011: I’ve been informed that Dan Picken is no longer on Brianne’s case. Wendy Christensen is back on her file for MCSC.

Happy Birthday, Brianne!

25 Mar

Today is Brianne’s 32nd birthday.

Wherever you are, there are many of us thinking of you! ♥

Maybe someone out there will find it in their heart to bring you home today.

 

Brianne Wolgram & Emily

Brianne Wolgram & Emily

 

 

Find Owen Rooney

9 Mar

Brianne Wolgram has been missing for 12.5 years. This has made it very difficult to find answers to questions that are only coming up now; when memories have faded.

Owen Rooney has been missing for over six months, since August 14, 2010.  Please take a look at Owen’s story so we can help find him sooner, rather than later.

Owen Rooney

Owen Rooney

“We are the Rooney family from Australia and are desperately searching for our son Owen, who walked away from the hospital and his belongings in Grand Forks, BC, on August 14, 2010. He has not been heard from since. It is extremely unusual for him to not be in contact with friends and family.

He had sustained a head injury on Aug 12.

He is 5’9″ tall, 160 lb, has an Australian accent and was last seen wearing a dark shirt and shorts. He has tattoos on his right calf and on his shoulder (see pictures below, right). He worked at Big White in Kelowna for the past two winters and at a restaurant in Kelowna until his disappearance.

We are asking for your help and are most appreciative of any help you can give us. If you can print out posters and put them up, that would help a LOT (click here for PDF of poster, or visit this site and right click to print). Read below to see where posters have already been placed.

Our Facebook page is Help Find Owen Rooney. To share via Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, etc, there is a row of icons next to the word Comments under each post. Just click on the appropriate one. Facebook gives you two choices for the thumbnail you can use. I suggest you use the picture of Owen. I can’t get it to be the default.

Do you have any further ideas? Enter any info by clicking a Comments link below. Thanks!!

Contact Grand Forks RCMP: 250-442-8288 or Kelly Rooney: 778-686-3534 or Crimestoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or email:srooney@hotkey.net.au

Meeting with RCMP

3 Mar

I am meeting with Revelstoke RCMP on March 17, 2011.

The purpose of this meeting (for me) is to get answers to some long-standing questions.

Excerpt from email:

“I would be more then willing to sit down and meet with you and learn what information you have gathered. I will let you know that due to this still being an ongoing investigation, we cannot provide you with any information, but we can take what you have an cross reference anything on our end.”

I am really hoping they are able to elaborate on details they have already given to the public/media over the last 12.5 years. Though many of us would like previously unreleased information, I’m sure I will not get that far. So, I am in the midst of making a list. If you have anything you would like me to add, please do not hesitate to comment on this post or contact me.

I will make a post detailing the meeting when I get home on March 17, so please check back. Wish me luck!

2010 in review

4 Jan

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 9,500 times in 2010. That’s about 23 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 37 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 49 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 17mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was May 16th with 930 views. The most popular post that day was Photos.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, revelstokecurrent.com, unsolvedcanada.ca, en.wordpress.com, and bloglovin.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for brianne wolgram, brianne wolgram, 19, brianne wolgram blog, what happened to brianne wolgram, and http://www.findbrianne.wordpress.com.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Photos May 2010

2

About Brianne April 2010

3

The Car May 2010
1 comment

4

Contact April 2010
3 comments

Lindsey’s Law Petition – Missing Person DNA Databank

16 Dec

Petition site: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41301.html

 

We are fascinated by the forensic science dramatized in TV shows like CSI, but did you know that Canadian investigators do not have the capability to compare the DNA of missing persons to found human remains? Canada has a crime scene and a convicted offender DNA databank, but it is used only to identify criminals, not to link DNA from missing persons with unidentified remains.
Although the software, technology and infrastructure for a missing person databank are in place, the government has been stonewalling its implementation for almost ten years, citing legal and jurisdictional issues. However, the delay really has more to do with lab resources and funding.

For nearly a decade, federal and provincial governments have debated, studied, analyzed and submitted reports. While they form endless committees and fight over who will be responsible and who will pay, human remains in coroners’ offices across Canada continue to be unidentified. My 14-year old daughter, Lindsey Jill Nicholls, vanished in 1993, and I remember the very moment I realized that her remains could be among those unidentified samples. I have the right to know if my daughter’s body has been found, and Lindsey deserves justice and a proper burial.

To this end, I have lobbied for the passage of what has come to be known as Lindsey’s Law, which would allow investigators to collect DNA from missing persons or their close relatives and compare it to DNA from crime scenes and unidentified human remains
The quest for a missing persons DNA databank is not just about giving comfort to family members of the missing, however; it is also about the safety of your family and of all Canadians. Until remains are identified, the police cannot begin an investigation, so if Lindsey was abducted and murdered, her murderer is still out there.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is responsible for the existing DNA databank. I urge you to contact him as well as your local MP and tell them that Canadians support Lindsey’s Law and want a missing person and found human remains DNA databank. Please tell Mr. Toews to act quickly, as recommended by both the Senate and the Public Safety Committees.

This will not only help bring comfort and the possibility of closure to thousands of family members, it could also identify serial murders and make our country a safer place.

 

 

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