Brian W. Sullivan

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Sullivan, circa 2007;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 21 (circa 2009)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 7, 2007 from Rochester, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: December 5, 1987
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Black hair, blue eyes. Sullivan's nickname is Sully. He may use the alias names Chuck Briswold and/or Charles Briswold.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Blue jean shorts, a blue pinstriped button-down shirt, a green baseball cap and white flip-flops.
  • Medical Conditions: Sullivan may be in need of medical attention for unspecified reasons.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Sullivan was last seen at the drive-through window of a Burger King restaurant on Chili Avenue in Gates, New York at 5:48 a.m. on July 7, 2007. His red 1995 Pontiac Sunfire with New York license plate number DXU 3048 was found abandoned at the end of Lettington Street, near a wooded area, later that day. The Burger King purchase receipt, fast food wrappers and Sullivan's bank card and phone charger were inside it. There were no signs of foul play in or around the vehicle. Sullivan was last heard from when he left a friend a voice mail at 6:10 a.m. on July 8, the day after he was last seen. He has not been seen or heard from since.

    Sullivan is a graduate of Churchville-Chili High School, and was a student at Monroe Community College at the time of his disappearance. He had held a job at the college bookstore and had saved up enough money to buy his car. His hobbies include taking long walks and listening to music, and he was striving for a career in social work or the music industry. Sullivan's family stated he was not having any personal problems at the time of his disappearance, although he was unemployed. Prior to his disappearance, he had ordered some microphones and sound mixing equipment, which arrived in the mail after he went missing.

    Derrick Murray is the prime suspect in Sullivan's disappearance; a photo of him is posted below this case summary. He died in August 2016, at the age of 49. Investigators believe Sullivan and Murray knew each other and spent time togehter in southwestern Rochester. Murray did not have an unusually long or violent criminal record, but he did have a history of run-ins with the police. He had been a suspect in Sullivan's case since shortly after Sullivan disappeared, a fact not made public until after Murray's death.

    Authorities stated they think other people in the area know what happened to Sullivan, and they hope to recover his remains.

    Above: Derrick Murray, circa 2010


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Monroe County Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    MySpace Page for Brian Sullivan
    New York State Troopers
    The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
    Patricia Viola Missing
    New York State Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse
    MPN Now
    The Democrat and Chronicle


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 5, details of disappearance updated.

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