Brittney Nicole Wood

Brittney, circa 2012; Brittney's uncle, Donald Holland Sr.

  • Missing Since 05/30/2012
  • Missing From Mobile, Alabama
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 09/25/1992 (27)
  • Age 19 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'3, 105 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A blue t-shirt, blue denim shorts and flip-flops. Carrying a pink or teal tote bag containing extra clothing, a red curling iron, a makeup bag and a cellular phone.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Blonde to brown hair, blue eyes. Brittney has a tattoo of the name "Payton" surrounded by butterflies on her left leg. Her lip is pierced. She smokes Newport Menthols cigarettes.

Details of Disappearance

Brittney was last seen in Mobile, Alabama on May 30, 2012. She said she was going to visit her uncle, Donald Paul Holland Sr., in the Styx River area. She apparently got a ride from him and was last seen getting in his car at 7:30 p.m. Her last cellular phone signal was from that vicinity, but she never arrived and has never been heard from again. Her parents reported her missing on June 2.

Donald Sr. committed suicide by shooting himself on June 1, the day after Brittney was last seen. At the time of his death, he was under investigation for possible sex crimes. A photograph of Donald Sr. is posted with this case summary. Authorities found Brittney's cellular phone battery in his truck after his death.

In June and July 2012, several members of Brittney's family were arrested. Ultimately, eleven people were charged with crimes including incest, rape, sodomy and production of child pornography.

The arrested men included Brittney's brother, Derek Thomas Wood; her uncles, Randall Scott Wood and Dustin Alton Kent; her step-cousin, Donald Paul Holland Jr.; James Cumbaa, a Wood family member by marriage; and two friends of the Wood family, William Brownlee and Nelson Morgan. Brittney's aunt, Wendy Wood Holland; her mother, Chessie Wood; Dustin's wife, Mendy Kent; and Jennifer Gonzalez Moore, a friend of the family, were also charged.

There were multiple victims, and police described the case as one of the worst of its kind in the county. Authorities determined Brittney had been a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of her relatives. Police were planning to question her, but she disappeared before they could.

Derek Wood, Scott Wood and Dustin Kent have pleaded guilty to the charges against them, and Wendy Wood Holland was convicted of several charges in December 2014. The other alleged members of the sex crime ring are still awaiting trial.

Brittney left behind a young daughter. She didn't have a car at the time of her disappearance, and her mother stated she would not have run away from home. Authorities believe she may have been taken against her will and may have been murdered. She may still be in the local area. Her case remains unsolved.

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated December 14, 2014; details of disappearance updated.