Brittney Ann Beers

Disappearance of Brittney Ann Beers

On September 16, 1997, in the late evening, Brittney was playing outside the Village Manor Apartments home of her family. Around 7:30 p.m., she went outside to ride her bicycle. Around 8:30 p.m., Brittney’s mother Tina Stetler left to run errands and saw her daughter riding her bicycle around the neighborhood.

Five minutes after their mother left, according to Brittney’s half-brother, he saw his sister sitting on a bench. Soon after, a witness informed authorities that he had seen Brittney speaking with an unidentified male operating a red or brown mid-size car. The witness was approached by Brittney, who informed him that she had “made a new friend.” Brittney vanished without a trace.

At around 9:05 p.m., Stetler came home and asked Brittney’s brother to find her. The child could not be found close to the apartment complex, which is situated on U.S. 12, the main road through Sturgis, so the police were called. Soon after Brittney was last seen, her bicycle was found abandoned.

Sketches of the unidentified man

In the days after Brittney vanished, sketch of the unidentified man seen speaking to her were circulated in the neighborhood. The case summary is posted along with one of the sketches. If the man is related to her case is unknown. He was either driving a mid-sized red car or a brown Renault, and was in his late 20s or early 30s with short dark hair and a thick moustache. Although he is not being referred to as a suspect but rather as a witness who they would like to question, police are still looking for the man.

2008 Michigan Courtes

After allegations of abuse and neglect against Brittney’s older brother and younger sister surfaced in 1998, Michigan courts ordered their removal from the family’s residence. Children were allegedly abused by Brittney’s father, Raymond Beers, his brother James Beers, and Kevin Folsom, the father of one of her half-brothers. Folsom spent time in jail for abusing Brittney, but he was eventually let go in 2008.

After the arrest of a St. Clair Shores, Michigan man who had images of child sexual abuse saved on his computer, Brittney’s case gained more attention in 2000. Though it was later determined that the victim wasn’t Brittney, one of the victims resembled the missing girl.


Police identified Daniel Furlong as a person of interest in the kidnapping of Brittney in 2015. Jodi Parrack, age 11, was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and strangled by him in 2007. In 2015, after Furlong kidnapped a ten-year-old girl who later escaped from him, the murder was finally solved. He provided a DNA sample that connected him to Jodi’s murder after he was named a suspect in the kidnapping of the child. He later admitted to the murder, entered a guilty plea, and was given a life sentence. He claimed he had chosen Jodi at random and that the ten-year-old he had abducted was going to be killed.

Furlong’s known crimes are similar to Brittney’s disappearance, and Jodi is strikingly similar to the man depicted in the sketch seen with Brittney before she vanished. Although he has continued to maintain his innocence in her case, he is still one of the few people of interest. This case summary is posted with a picture of Furlong.

Brittney’s case is still unresolved and open.

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