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Missing Since August 2, 2006: Brandi Ellen Wells

Brandi Ellen Wells

Brandi Ellen Wells

Brandi Ellen Wells, 23, was last seen on August 2, 2006, in Tyler, Texas, as she prepared to go out to a club. According to a friend, Brandi’s mother thought she was going to a club in Tyler, but she instead went to Longview, Texas, to get money at a pawnshop, and wound up a the Graham Central Station club for ladies’ night. According to club employees, when Brandi arrived around 10:30 p.m. she was nearly out of gas, had no money and was asking club patrons for help. No one could say if she got help or not, and as far as her friends and family know, she did not know anyone at the club. Surveillance footage shows Brandi leaving shortly after midnight. Club employees said she was not intoxicated. Brandi was supposed to spend the night at her mother’s in Tyler, rather than in Brownsboro, where she was living with a friend, but Brandi never returned to either place, and has not been seen since.

On August 6, after several attempts to reach Brandi on her cell phone failed, and Brandi’s roommate called asking where she was, Brandi’s mother reported her missing. On August 8 police found her abandoned black, four-door 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix, with plate number J50ZDT, with her purse inside, and her ex’s non-functioning cell phone. The driver’s seat may have been adjusted to fit a taller person, and there was a gas can in the trunk that friends and family did not recognize. The cell phone was later traced to three people, all of who used it after Brandi’s disappearance. All three took a polygraph test, one, an unidentified male, who lived between the club and the spot where the car was found, failed the polygraph. He was interviewed a number a times by police. No arrests have been made, and police have not ruled out foul play. The case remains unsolved.

Brandi is described as : female; born November 28, 1982; missing since August 2, 2006; missing from Longview, Texas; race white; Height 4’11″; weight 120 lbs.; eyes blue; hair brown.

Anyone with information the whereabouts of Brandi Ellen Wells should call the Longview Police Department at (903) 237-1110, Gregg County Sheriff’s Office (903) 236-8408, or Crime Stoppers at (903) 236-7867.

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