Brittney Ann Beers

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Brittney, circa 1997;
Bottom Right: Age-progression at age 22 (circa 2013)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 16, 1997 from Sturgis, Michigan
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 1, 1991
  • Age: 6 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'0, 45 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Brittney was missing her four upper baby teeth at the time of her 1997 disappearance. She often wore her hair pulled back into a ponytail.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white tank top or t-shirt with a floral design, pink tie-dyed shorts and white sneakers with a pink design on the sides. Her shoelaces had a red stripe down the center.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Brittney was playing outside of her family's residence at Village Manor Apartments during the evening hours of September 16, 1997. She went outside to ride her bicycle at approximately 7:30 p.m. Brittney's mother, Tina Stetler, left to run errands at approximately 8:30 p.m. and saw her daughter riding her bicycle around the neighborhood at that time. Brittney's half-brother told authorities that he saw his sister sitting on a bench about five minutes after their mother departed. A witness told investigators that he saw Brittney speaking to an unidentified male driving a red or brown mid-size vehicle shortly thereafter. Brittney walked over to the witness and told him that she "made a new friend." Brittney has never been seen again.

    Stetler returned home at approximately 9:05 p.m. and asked Brittney's brother to find her. The authorities were summoned when the child could not be located near the apartment complex, which is located on U.S. 12, the major thoroughfare through Sturgis. Brittney's bicycle was discovered abandoned shortly after she was last seen. Sketches of the unidentified man seen speaking to Brittney were distributed through the area in the days following her disappearance. It is not known if the man is connected to her case. He was in his late twenties or early thirties with short dark hair and a thick mustache and was driving either a mid-sized red car or a brown Renault. Police are still looking for the man; he is not being called a suspect, but a witness whom they would like to question.

    Michigan courts removed Brittney's older brother and younger sister from the family's home in 1998 after allegations of child physical and sexual abuse and neglect were issued. Brittney's father, Raymond Beers; his brother, James Beers; and Kevin Folsom, the father of one of her half-brothers, were allegedly involved in the abuse of the children. Folsom was imprisoned for molesting Brittney, but he was released in 2008. Her case received more publicity in 2000 after the arrest of a St. Clair Shores, Michigan man who had images of child pornography saved on his computer. One of the victims resembled Brittney, but was later determined not to be the missing girl. Brittney's case remains open and unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Sturgis Police Department
    269-651-3231

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    The Detroit Free Press
    The Holland Sentinel
    America's Most Wanted
    The South Bend Tribune
    Help Find Kidnapped Girl Brittney Ann Beers!
    North American Missing Persons Network
    Michigan Department of Corrections

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 2, 2014; age-progression updated.

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