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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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Is something wrong with this picture?

28 Feb

For a long time, I’ve been confused about the sketches of the “three girls”. Here’s why:

These sketches are used as three different females widely throughout the media:

Sketches from "Gone, without a trace Article"

Brianne Wolgram Poster

Then, I keep seeing this:

Two Girls - Sketches

These four pictures have been explained as only two girls. The caption below reads “Composite drawings of two of three girls last seen with Brianne”. The two on the left are from one sketch artist and witness, the two on the right are from another sketch artist and witness. The two witnesses lived in different cities; one was hypnotized in Vancouver, the other in Edmonton. The pairs are similar in appearance, which suggests the two witnesses were describing the same girls.

I’ve rearranged the photos below for visual representation:

Sketches of Two Girls (Rearranged)

Mainly, what I find strange is that the posters and articles that are widely circulated (top) are using three of these sketches for three different girls, but here we only see two girls.

Why, when, and how did these sketches turn into three different females?

The Province – Mom still shines a light for missing daughter

7 Sep

Burning candle, poster campaign keep hope alive 12 years after Brianne Wolgram vanished

BY CHERYL CHAN, THE PROVINCE SEPTEMBER 7, 2010

Twelve years after Brianne Wolgram disappeared, Sheryl Wolgram still lights a candle and puts it on the window sill — a beacon to bring her missing daughter back home.

“I put it on the porch window facing the direction where she went missing and I let it burn all night so it’ll guide her way home,” said Sheryl, 61, fighting back tears.

The Revelstoke teen was only 19 when she vanished on Sept. 5, 1998, last seen at 11:30 p.m. outside a 7-Eleven store in the company of three unidentified girls about her age.

Five days later, her black Acura Integra was found on a logging road near Akolkolex Falls, about a 45-minute drive from her house. Her keys were in the ignition; her ID and cash found in the glove compartment.

The non-profit group Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) conducted a poster campaign in Revelstoke over the Labour Day weekend, canvassing the area and renewing pleas for information that might give a clue to Brianne’s disappearance, which still haunts her family and friends.

Sheryl still relives the events, which “feel as if they happened yesterday,” recounting how she was awakened by a phone call by Brianne’s friend Kristi Cain at 3:30 a.m., the heart-pounding drive she took around town trying to spot Brianne’s car and the panicked calls to family and friends.

Sheryl said she is sure Brianne, who worked at McDonald’s and a Super Save gas station, did not run away and did not hurt herself.

Brianne worked a shift at the gas station that afternoon. Co-workers later reported she seemed upset and broke down into tears. Later on that evening, she made plans with Cain to meet up at 11 p.m.

The three girls last seen with Brianne haven’t come forward and haven’t been identified, which baffles Sheryl considering Revelstoke is a small, tight-knit community.

“Maybe Brianne went to a party with them. Maybe an accident happened. Maybe that’s why they never came forward because they’re afraid,” said Sheryl.

“I just wish if it was an accident that the people would come forward and let us know what happened.”

Her husband Cliff, a retired Canadian Pacific Railway engineer, is clinging to the thought that their only daughter is alive, said Sheryl: “Until he sees it, she isn’t dead. He wants the proof.”

Sheryl herself had a moment two days after Brianne went missing, sitting outside on the porch, when “my heart fell into my stomach and I felt she was no longer with us.”

But despite her fears, Sheryl said she still has hope, citing stories she has heard where some girls get found after over 12 years.

“We can never be sure,” said Sheryl. “But until we have proof she is no longer with us, then we still can’t give up hope that she is still alive and out there.”

Anyone with information can call MCSC anonymously at 1-800-661-6160 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. chchan@theprovince.com

http://www.twitter.com/cherylchan

Posted with permission. Courtesy The Province

Crime Stoppers News

6 Sep

Our friends at Revelstoke Crime Stoppers have just received confirmation that the new Brianne Wolgram posters have been forwarded to members of Crime Stoppers International, Canada Crime Stoppers, BC Crime Stoppers programs, and other social networking programs for distribution.

Someone please do the right thing and make that ANONYMOUS call to Crime Stoppers: 1.800.222.TIPS (8477).

Big thanks to Roberta and the rest of the Crime Stoppers team.

Article – CBC: Still no trace…

5 Sep

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/09/05/bc-brianne-wolgram-missing.html

Last Updated: Sunday, September 5, 2010 | 12:33 PM PT

The parents of a young woman missing since 1998 are hoping a campaign by the Missing Children Society will lead to information about their daughter.

Brianne Wolgram, 19, disappeared on the night of Sept. 5, 1998. The Revelstoke, B.C., resident was supposed to meet a friend at a local convenience store but she never showed up.

Her car, a black Acura Integra with distinctive gold rims, was found five days later on a logging road.

Her parents, Sheryl and Cliff Wolgram, say they’ve lived a “hellish nightmare” for the last 12 years.

“If there is anybody out there who knows anything, just give Crime Stoppers … a call. It’s all I can say. I want to bring Brianne home,” Sheryl Wolgram said.

The Missing Children Society is conducting a poster campaign in Revelstoke over the Labour Day weekend in an effort to jog people’s memories about the case.

Wolgram hopes the posters will help them find information about Brianne’s whereabouts.

“Every time we put posters out, it is just like it happened yesterday.”

Dan Picken, an investigator with the non-profit organization, said the campaign is a good chance to reach people who may have been vacationing in the area when Wolgram disappeared.

“Someone knows what happened to Brianne,” he said.

“It’s been a long, long time. [The family has] not given up. They’d like some answers. I think we can all feel their pain when it comes to having a child missing,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Missing Children Society at 1-800-661-6160 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

CTV British Columbia – Family renews search for daughter missing 12 years – CTV News

4 Sep

CTV British Columbia – Family renews search for daughter missing 12 years – CTV News.

Crime Stoppers – New Poster Campaign

2 Sep

Here is the new poster from Crime Stoppers.

Remember, you are completely anonymous when calling in tips to Crime Stoppers. I’ve also attached an image with details on how calling in to Crime Stoppers works.

Click images to enlarge:

Brianne Wolgram - New Poster

Brianne Wolgram - New Poster

Crime Stoppers - How it Works

Crime Stoppers - How it Works

Article – Missing Children Society to conduct Brianne Wolgram investigation over long weekend

2 Sep

http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/101580653.html

UPDATE: Missing Children Society to conduct Brianne Wolgram investigation over long weekend

IMG_9485.jpg

Sheryl Wolgram displays one of the new posters to be displayed as part of a new initiative to solve the case of the disappearance of Brianne Wolgram.

Aaron Orlando/Times Review
By Alex Cooper – Revelstoke Times Review
Published: August 26, 2010 4:00 AM
Updated: August 31, 2010 10:16 AM
Twelve-years after her daughter Brianne went missing, Sheryl Wolgram still wants to know what happened.

“We’re hoping but who knows. You never what the heck’s going to happen,” she said. “After 12 years you wonder if somebody’s going to talk, they would have talked before. Maybe as you get older you get a little bit of a guilty conscience and maybe somebody will come forward.”

In the hopes of jogging people’s memories and getting someone to come forward, the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) will be conducting investigations in the Revelstoke area this long weekend, on the 12th anniversary of Brianne’s disappearance.

Brianne disappeared on Saturday, Sept. 5, 1998, when she was only 19. She was last seen that night before 11:30pm at the 7-11 store in Revelstoke. She was driving her black 1989 Acura Integra, with its distinctive gold rims and was bearing B.C. license plates GMN 661.

Brianne had made plans to meet a friend and go to one of many parties happening that Labour Day long weekend. She was never seen again. Brianne’s vehicle was found five days later on a logging road south of Revelstoke.

Her disappearance shocked the community and many search parties were formed to look for her but she has not been found.

The investigation this weekend will consist of a poster campaign (they should already be up) and canvassing by MCSC investigators. People are also asked to contact the society’s toll-free tip line to leave confidential information.

“Someone knows what happened to Brianne,” said Dan Picken, an MCSC Investigator and a former police detective. “We hope that our efforts on the anniversary date will spark someone’s memory of what they saw that weekend. We also have a good chance of reaching people who were vacationing here at the time and who may be returning for the same long weekend. We have to keep trying.”

Sheryl hopes that someone who knows something will come forward. It angers her that there are people with information that won’t talk to the police or anyone else.

“If you have this information, why are you telling people but you’re not doing anything about it?” she said. “You don’t want to get involved? There’s a woman out there missing and you don’t want to get involved? That’s when I get really ticked off.”

Her disappearance has not been forgotten. Several months ago a website was started at http://www.findbrianne.wordpress.com to compile all the articles and information relating to Brianne’s disappearance. A Facebook group titled Brianne Wolgram – We have not forgotten has 1,901 members.

“It takes a community to raise a child and one of our children is missing. We want to know what happened to the sweet blonde girl with the big smile,” said Nelli Richardson, a family friend. “Brianne, wherever you are, be assured we love you and will not give up until we find out what happened that fateful night 12 years ago.”

Sheryl hopes to one day gain closure on the disappearance of her daughter.

“I’m hoping, but who knows. Sometimes that never happens,” she said. “I think unless somebody comes forward, it could be 30 years from now. Who knows?

“I just keep praying that somebody will eventually say something.”

MCSC is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the active search for abducted and missing children. Anyone with information about Brianne’s disappearance is asked to contact MCSC confidentially at 1-800-661-6160 toll-free or at tips@mcsc.ca. MCSC Investigator Dan Picken can be reached directly at 403-291-0705 ext. 229. You can also contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or the Revelstoke RCMP at 250-837-5255.

MISSING: Brianne WOLGRAM

Missing Since: Sept. 5, 1998

Labour Day Long Weekend

Missing From: Revelstoke, B.C.

Date of Birth: March 25, 1979

Current Age: 31 years

Eyes: Blue

Hair: Light Brown

Height: 5’ 2”

Weight: 130 lb

Article – MCSC: Investigation Activity in Revelstoke on Long Weekend

2 Sep

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Missing-Children-Society-Canada-Investigation-Activity-Revelstoke-on-Long-Weekend-1309411.htm

Aug 25, 2010 09:03 ET

Missing Children Society of Canada: Investigation Activity in Revelstoke on Long Weekend

REVELSTOKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – Aug. 25, 2010) –

Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.

The Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) will be conducting investigations in the Revelstoke area this September long weekend. Saturday, September 4th, 2010 will mark the 12th anniversary of the suspicious disappearance of Revelstoke resident Brianne Wolgram. In hopes of jogging some memories, MCSC will be conducting a targeted poster campaign in Revelstoke and canvassing the area this long weekend, offering confidential communications to their 24-hour toll-free tip line.

“Someone knows what happened to Brianne,” said Dan Picken, an MCSC Investigator and a former police detective, “We hope that our efforts on the anniversary date will spark someone’s memory of what they saw that weekend. We also have a good chance of reaching people who were vacationing here at the time and who may be returning for the same long weekend. We have to keep trying.”

Brianne disappeared from Revelstoke on the Labour Day long weekend – Saturday, September 5th, 1998 – at the tender age of 19. Brianne was last seen on that night before 11:30pm at a 7-11 store in Revelstoke. She was driving her black 1989 Acura Integra, which had distinctive gold rims and was bearing BC license plates GMN 661. Brianne had made plans to meet a friend and go to one of many parties happening that long weekend. She was never seen again. Brianne’s vehicle was found 5 days later on a logging road south of Revelstoke.

Twelve years later, Brianne’s family and friends still haven’t given up on looking for her.

“It’s been a hellish nightmare the last 12 years,” said Brianne’s parents, Sheryl and Cliff Wolgram. “It seems like only yesterday since our daughter left our home, never to return. She is in our thoughts every day. We only pray that whoever knows something will dig deep in their hearts and call the Missing Children Society or Crime Stoppers, and help us find our Brianne and bring her home.”

“It takes a community to raise a child and one of our children is missing. We want to know what happened to the sweet blonde girl with the big smile,” added Nelli Richardson, a family friend. “Brianne, wherever you are, be assured we love you and will not give up until we find out what happened that fateful night 12 years ago.”

MCSC is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the active search for abducted and missing children. Anyone with information about Brianne’s disappearance is asked to contact MCSC confidentially at 1-800-661-6160 toll-free or at tips@mcsc.ca. MCSC Investigator Dan Picken can be reached directly at 403-291-0705 ext. 229. You can also contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or the Revelstoke RCMP at 250-837-5255.

To view the photo associated with this release, please click the following link:http://www.marketwire.com/library/20100823-825MC_800.jpg

MISSING: Brianne WOLGRAM
Missing Since: September 5th, 1998
Labour Day Long Weekend
Missing From: Revelstoke, BC
Date of Birth: March 25, 1979
Current Age: 31 years
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Light Brown
Height: 5′ 2″
Weight: 130 lb

For more information, please contact

Missing Children Society of Canada
Dan Picken
Investigator
403-291-0705 ext. 229 or 1-800-661-6160
dpicken@mcsc.ca
www.mcsc.ca

‘Nothing solid’ Article – October 2, 1998

23 Jun

Friday, October 2, 1998

‘Nothing solid’ in Wolgram investigation

Greg Gatin – Times Review Editor

An RCMP news release sent out Sept. 22 requesting information on four females and one male who may have clues regarding the disappearance of Brianne Wolgram has turned up very little, Sgt. Art Kleinsmith said Monday.

Kleinsmith stressed the RCMP’s interest in identifying the five people described in the release is not to incriminate anyone but merely to help gather information about Brianne and her state of mind hours before her disappearance.

“Some people have the misconstrued idea we’re looking for someone’s head and that’s not true,” Kleinsmith said. “These people might be able to assist us with the state of mind of Brianne before she went missing. They were probably friends and they might have an idea what her plans were.”

Wolgram, 19, was reported missing Sept. 5 and was last seen near the Seven-11 convenience store on Victoria Road around 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Kleinsmith said the case has resulted in many leads to follow and around 100 people have been questioned in connection to the case, but nothing significant has occurred.

“We haven’t got anything solid,” he said.

The five members from the Kelowna RCMP detachment brought up to Revelstoke to assist in following tips returned home Sept. 24 and the Missing Persons Foundation from Calgary turned up nothing during a search last Saturday and Sunday of the Akolkolex area where Wolgram’s car was found abandoned Sept. 10.

Listed are the descriptions given by the RCMP of five individuals they are currently trying to locate in connection to the disappearance of Brianne Wolgram:

Female #1

Description: Shoulder-length reddish/brown hair in ponytail with curly bangs. She was wearing a long skirt, floral pattern, mainly brown in color, a white short-sleeved blouse and possibly a friendship bracelet. The girl was seen leaning on the hood of the Wolgram vehicle while at the Seven-11 store.

Female #2

Description: Approximately five-foot-four-inches in height with straight, shoulder-length, brown hair. She is of medium build and wore a white T-shirt, jeans and slip-on sandals.

Female #3

Description: Was seen at the counter inside the Seven-11 store. She has reddish/blonde, shoulder-length hair and has a nose ring. She was with Brianne in the store.

Female #4

Description: Blonde hair. Wearing jeans, a white T-shirt and slip-on sandals.

Male #1

Description: Well-groomed male with sandy, blond hair. He was wearing jeans and a jean jacket and is in his mid to late 20’s. He was seen putting gas into a white 4×4 truck that had a pair of dirt bikes or a quad in the truckbed.

Anyone with information concerning the above described individuals is asked to call the RCMP at 837-5255 or Crimestoppers at 837-TIPS (8477)

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