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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New tips revive search for missing woman

New tips revive search for missing woman

Maryland State Police spent Tuesday along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal looking for clues into the almost three-year-old missing persons case of 21-year-old Brittany Nicole Peart.
"They haven't come up with anything yet," said Elena Russo, state police spokeswoman.
State police, aided by the Maryland Natural Resources Police Tactical Team, crime scene and forensics investigators and boats from Cecil County and Chesapeake City rescue squads were assembled at the entrance to Canal National Refuge off of Third Street.
Russo said the search focused on new information received by the North East barrack about the disappearance of Peart. The Elkton woman was last seen July 25, 2008.
Peart had had a disagreement with her mother, packed an overnight bag and left their Elkwood Estates home before 1 a.m. A week later, her 2003 Pontiac Sunbird was found with the bag inside and the keys in the center console.
Peart was never located.
Her family hired private investigator Harry McDaniel in October 2009. McDaniel focused on trying to keep the investigation alive. He helped the family compose a letter to the state police Cold Case Unit. He believed at the time Peart had relocated to "a major city where she can blend in."
Then new tips came in to police.
According to Russo, the search began around 9 a.m.
"They are searching an area that borders the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal," she said.
Land and water are being probed.
"They are searching all kinds of terrain. Some of it is pretty dense," she said. Using golf parlance, she compared it to "four par-5 holes of an area."
Terry Vari, who lives a block away, said the refuge is typically a popular spot for people to run or walk for leisure or exercise, but not on Tuesday.
"A lot of people went down there with their dogs ... or kids in (strollers). They're turning people away," Vari said.
Russo said James Peart, Brittany's father, has been notified of the revived search effort.
Anyone with information that could help in the investigation should call the state police cold case hotline at 410-953-8211.

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