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

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Police have no answers in cold case

    More than 11 years after a Brownsboro woman disappeared in the middle of the night, investigators have no new leads in the case.

    “But until she is found in one form or another, it will continue to be an open investigation,” said Sgt. Shane McCarter of the Longview Police Department. “Det. Terry Davis is working that case. We will continue to wait for anything additional that will show up.”

    On Aug. 2, 2006, Brandi Wells, 23, left her mother's house in Tyler and made the 45-minute trip Longview, where she spent a couple of hours at nightclub Graham Central Station. Surveillance video shows her arriving alone and, presumably, leaving the same way.

    “Brandi called several people for directions to the club that night,” Wells' godmother, Michelle Cole, said. “And a bouncer there was one of the people who reported seeing her car on the side of the road several times with the door open. But I don't believe he was involved in her disappearance.”

    Wells' black four-door Pontiac Grand Prix was abandoned on westbound I-20 near FM 2087 in Gregg County. She reportedly asked club patrons for gas money because she was almost out of fuel. 'Embedded in my bones' “I don't believe she drove that car to the side of I-20,” Cole said. “I believe that Brandi was taken at that club.” The club's cameras captured Wells leaving Graham Central Station in front of a man. In the days and months following her disappearance, Wells' friends and relatives wondered whether he was involved in foul play.

    “A young lady I talked to said she was abducted at that club,” Cole said. “I have heard that gangs send people there to scout girls who look like Brandi. And Brandi was really standing out that night. I don't know if that's what happened that night, but I do believe she was taken for sex trafficking. And I have felt that way since Day 1. It is embedded in my bones.” According to a 2014 Texas Department of Public Safety report, Texas ranked second in the nation with 2,236 tips received by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center in 2013. Texas Department of Criminal Justice figures in the same report show that in January 2014, 24 inmates were serving time for human trafficking. Seventy-five defendants were serving sentences for compelling prostitution.

    “Sex traffickers in Texas target runaway juveniles, illegal aliens and other vulnerable victims, using force, fraud or coercion to compel them into the sex trade,” the DPS report shows. “Often, victims are manipulated by traffickers to remain with them due to their emotional or financial dependency on the trafficker for food, housing and other needs.”

    Initial investigation In Wells' car, police found her purse and wallet and an ex-boyfriend's cellphone. Her phone, however, was later found in the possession of several people. They were questioned but never charged. “For 11 years, Brandi has gotten no justice,” Wells' mother, Ellen Tant, said. The front driver's seat had been pushed back, as if someone taller than the 5-foot Wells had driven it. And a plastic gas container not believed to have belonged to Wells was in the trunk.

    “From what I understand, police found one print in the car,” Cole said. “I don't think it's possible to find one print. Manny questioned them about the way they fingerprinted that vehicle.” Manny Brock, a police officer, is Wells' ex-husband. He has remained in contact with Longview police and asked them repeatedly to consider other theories about her disappearance, including a possible link to a family secret. “She told Manny that (two relatives) molested her,” Cole said. “I was sitting there in her home when she said that. I do remember it. I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember where I was sitting and the look on her face. I am a witness to Brandi bringing that up, and I stayed on Ellen about that. She needed to do something about it.”

    'Time to find the truth'

    Close friend Janell Midkiff isn't sure what happened to Wells. But she does know one thing.

    “Seeing how only one of the detectives assigned to Brandi's case in the last 11 years has contacted me, I would say the relationship between investigators and everyone else is very poor.,” Midkiff said. “I know Michelle was in constant contact with them early on, but it seems over the last several years there has been no communication. Someone or a group that has more resources and more power than the Longview Police Department should be assigned to investigate Brandi's disappearance. “It's time to find the truth.”

    Wells lived in Brownsboro when she disappeared. A graduate of Chapel Hill High School, she was about to start a new job and planned to attend Trinity Valley Community College.

    “There's been a report that she has been seen in Mexico,” Cole said. “Someone called years later and said they saw Brandi and talked to her pretty extensively. They said that Brandi said she was with her mother's husband there. That would be her stepfather. It's strange that exact wording was used.”

    'Don't make sense' Cole said the FBI has declined to get involved in the case but no evidence exists that a crime has been committed across state lines. “We'd like to get the Texas Rangers in on this,” she said. “So many things don't make sense in her case. So many things have not been followed up on by police.” In December 2007, Midkiff traveled from Minnesota to Texas to help the Laura Recovery Center in its search for Wells. “I moved back to Texas to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in May 2015,” she said. “After the few searches, I flew in town for early on but not much activity or leads have happened since.”

    Wells' case has been featured repeatedly on Investigation Discovery's “Disappeared.” Midkiff was on that pilot episode called “The End of Innocence.”

    Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call Longview police at 903-237-1199.
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    12 years missing: Brandi Wells family still searching for answers

    A surveillance video and hope are all Brandi Wells' family has left to hold onto after she vanished 12 years ago from Graham Central Station in Longview.

    While there is no evidence and no clear answer about what happened to her, Michelle has her own theory.

    "At this very moment I'm afraid that she is in the sex trade industry and I am afraid she is right under our nose. I feel like she is right here and I don't even feel like they took her away far, I think she is still right here and it's just so very frustrating to think that and not know where to go to find her, it's just crushing, absolutely crushing," says Cole.

    There have not been any new leads in years, but Longview Police Department is hoping that someone, somewhere knows something and comes forward to help bring Brandi home.

    If you have any information on the Brandi Wells case call Longview Police department at (903) 237-1199.

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    Mother of woman missing since 2006: 'I'm not giving up on her'

    August 2 marks 12 years since the mysterious disappearance of an East Texas woman.

    On August 2, 2006, Brandi Wells left a Longview area nightclub and was never seen again.

    In spite of numerous efforts by investigators and family members, no clues have ever been found as to what happened to her. Wells' disappearance left almost no clues for investigators, and numerous calls for public help haven't developed any leads that panned out.

    "There hasn't been any new information that has arisen since that time," says Lieutenant Shane McCarter of the Longview police.

    "After seven years you're allowed to declare someone dead. I don't know that she is, so I'm not going to do that to her, because I'm not going to give up on her," Tant says.

    Police need that one person who knows what happened to Brandi Wells when she walked out of those doors 12 years ago.

    "Any of our missing persons cases always remain open. We always know in every case that somebody knows something," says McCarter.

    It is important to note that remains of an unidentified female found in 2006 near Kilgore were tested for DNA and dental records and Gregg County Sheriff's Office says it is not Brandi Wells.

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