Brittany Thompson: Medfield teen last seen with adult stranger at library Found

UPDATE:  9/12/13 – Brittany Thompson was found walking down a road this morning in around 7 a.m., in Coventry, R.I., with a young man (nothing about whether it is the same man in the photo) who lives in Missouri, said Chief Robert Meaney.

“I want to emphasize the fact that she is safe, she is unharmed, she is OK,” said Chief Robert Meaney.

It is believed by the video that Brittany voluntarily went with them and was not forced.

“I want to emphasize the fact that she is safe, she is unharmed, she is OK,” Meaney said.
– See more at: http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/09/12/missing-medfield-girl-found-safe-rhode-island/WkVqQQoGdtFkwfmEVNUvPK/story.html#sthash.zhBojjkB.dpuf

Previous story:  Brittany Thompson, 17, who is developmentally delayed went missing from Medfield after she was seen leaving the public library with an unidentified man, reports Boston.com

Brittany left the library around 4:25 p.m. and has not been seen since.
There was time lost between the report of her missing and the report to the public, which is actually a common thing with missing people, and sadly even more so with missing teens as they are considered runaways automatically.  It takes a lot to convince police they are not runaways and in this case according to a post, Brittany’s mother told the police she was developmentally delayed in order to get them to put out a statewide alert.

This blurry photo is all the police have

“I’ve lived in Medfield for over 12 years, I know Brittany (who is a lovely, sweet, reliable kid), and chances are her mom couldn’t get the podunk police department to take this seriously and not think she was out partying or run away with a boyfriend, so she used Brittany’s mild delays to get them to take it seriously and try to get them issue a statewide alert,” posted axdarc.

The police posted the info on Mass Most Wanted on Tuesday morning, and have posting, “We have reason to believe Brittany Thompson is endangered. Anyone with information about her whereabouts or about the man seen in this photograph should call Massachusetts State Police at 508-820-2121 immediately.”

Regardless there was at least two days of down time before the public knew she was missing.  It is hard to determine where the delay was coming from, the police or the media, or a combination of both, but it looks like one day for the police and one day for the media.

And here’s the real question, why did it take until Wednesday afternoon to get this story out to the public? Even allowing 12-24 hours after her disappearance, that’s a while!
I’ve lived in Medfield for over 12 years, I know Brittany (who is a lovely, sweet, reliable kid), and chances are her mom couldn’t get the podunk police department to take this seriously and not think she was out partying or run away with a boyfriend, so she used Brittany’s mild delays to get them to take it seriously and try to get them issue a statewide alert.
If Brittany is missing, I firmly believe someone took her – PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR HER!

– See more at: http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/09/11/state-police-medfield-police-search-for-missing-girl-say-she-may-danger/Q3mfDvMRn7Wn3SSa8tPviM/story.html#sthash.XwtmNIGg.dpuf

Brittany was wearing a red sleeveless shirt, blue jeans, and flip flops, police said. She has braces and often wears sunglasses on her head.

The man is white, heavy set, with slicked-back hair and was wearing a “Sons of Anarchy” T-shirt.

“We have reason to believe Brittany Thompson is endangered,” police said.

Police asked anyone with information about her location or the man in the photograph to call State Police at 508-820-2121.

Saying they believe that she is in danger, police are searching for a 17-year-old developmentally delayed girl from Medfield who disappeared Monday after leaving her town’s public library with an unidentified man.

The unidentified man who left the library with her

Brittany Thompson left the library with the man at 4:25 p.m. Monday.
She was wearing a red sleeveless shirt, blue jeans, and flip flops, police said. She has braces and often wears sunglasses on her head.
Medfield and State Police released a photo of the man, saying he was white, heavy set, with slicked-back hair and was wearing a “Sons of Anarchy” T-shirt.
“We have reason to believe Brittany Thompson is endangered,” police said.
Police asked anyone with information about her location or the man in the photograph to call State Police at 508-820-2121.
– See more at: http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/09/11/state-police-medfield-police-search-for-missing-girl-say-she-may-danger/Q3mfDvMRn7Wn3SSa8tPviM/story.html#sthash.XwtmNIGg.dpufSaying they believe that she is in danger, police are searching for a 17-year-old developmentally delayed girl from Medfield who disappeared Monday after leaving her town’s public library with an unidentified man.

The unidentified man who left the library with her
Brittany Thompson left the library with the man at 4:25 p.m. Monday.
She was wearing a red sleeveless shirt, blue jeans, and flip flops, police said. She has braces and often wears sunglasses on her head.
Medfield and State Police released a photo of the man, saying he was white, heavy set, with slicked-back hair and was wearing a “Sons of Anarchy” T-shirt.
“We have reason to believe Brittany Thompson is endangered,” police said.
Police asked anyone with information about her location or the man in the photograph to call State Police at 508-820-2121.
– See more at: http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/09/11/state-police-medfield-police-search-for-missing-girl-say-she-may-danger/Q3mfDvMRn7Wn3SSa8tPviM/story.html#sthash.XwtmNIGg.dpuf

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2 Comments

  1. Brittany was in dancing with my daughter Sophie when they were young. We moved away from Medfield last year, but the Sophie & Brittany often saw each other at the library after school since they both spent a lot of time there. We are praying for Brittany and for her family.