UPDATE 6/29/15 – After almost two months Brianna Herrmann has returned home. A simple post was put on her Find Brianna Facebook page.
This case has received a lot of attention on social media as her Facebook page stated she was kidnapped. According to the page, the page will be brought down today and they are requesting that all fliers about Brianna be removed also. Nothing is said when the Go Fund Me page will be taken down. It shows they have collected over $10,000.
I doubt we will ever know, and many argue we have no right to know, but Dawn (below) brings up a really good point. “I’m sure she wasn’t kidnapped. Or we would have heard something.” Lynn says, “I think what Dawn meant was if this were a major kidnapping like Elizabeth Smart we would all be hearing about it from the news that she has been found.”
I still believe that Brianna was possibly with Dean at first, because there was evidence they were together at Dean’s mom’s house, but I don’t think Dean kidnapped her or held her against her will.
Brianna Herrmann, age 15, was last seen in #SANDIEGO, April 27, 2015.
On Monday the car was found in Los Angeles. Brianna’s mother, Rhona Kauffman believes that Brianna is with Dean Henderson, 19, aka Timothy Dean Rivera a known “local Drug Dealer,” who she met at the beach the month before, according to Facebook.
In a very detailed article by the LA Times, Dean Henderson’s mother Erica Henderson was in the news in 2005. Erica and her husband Jeffrey, 36, and baby William and baby Abigail lived in a cabin in San Dimas Canyon in the Angeles National Forest. It began raining in the area and the water began rising and the family had to leave their cabin and they called 911. The rescuers tried to get them out by a raft tied to a tether and Erica strapped the baby to her chest in a carrier and tried to get on the raft, but the raft tipped over sending the firefighter, Erica and William into the water. They were pushed downstream and then washed up on a sandbar where they were rescued. The whole event was captured on TV and Erica appeared on Good Morning America. But shortly after, social workers came to take William away, after they heard about the circumcision done by his father and they did not believe the Henderson’s lifestyle was healthy.
The Henderson’s also met with criticism from the Fire Department that called then uncooperative when they tried to rescue them.
Before this incident, in 1998 the Orange County Social Services found bruises on Dean’s back and Jeffrey said he had been hitting him with a belt. Custody of Dean was given to Erica’s mother.
After going to court, a judge reunited William and Abigail with Erica and Jeffrey, but William stayed with Erica’s mother. The family was monitored by social services, but in March of 2005 they could not be found. (See video of them in 2012 above.)
Brianna’s parents are singling out Dean and state he is holding Brianna against her will. Frankly, I don’t know about that. I have a hunch they are together, but I don’t think Dean is keeping her from her family. BUT, regardless, Dean should not be traveling with a 15-year-old girl, but should be telling her to go home or calling someone to come get her. He is older and an adult, Brianna is not, so Dean should be doing the right thing and getting her back to her family. (Dean, this is the right thing and the only thing that should be done. You should not be helping her stay away from her family. She needs to be back in school and hanging with her friends and not you. If you are together because you care for her, then really, really care for her and get her back with her family).
Also, allegedly Dean encouraged Brianna to steal her mother’s car to sneak out, and that car was found in front of an address that Dean’s mom has used, which is the same place where the tip stated she was sleeping on a mattress. I don’t know if the Henderson’s are still living there. When police arrived Brianna was not there although the mattress on the floor was found. I am sure the relative has told Brianna that the police showed up, so they are staying clear, but I would not put it past the relative to go to their location to give them food or money. Maybe a PI posted outside this house that Brianna was last seen at, would lead them to Brianna.
Also, there are rumors that Dean has access to a boat. I would think that would be a perfect place to hide out, but eventually they would need to come ashore for supplies.
Meanwhile, according to the Help Find Brianna Hermann Facebook page, information points to Brianna being “seen possibly being forced to prostitute herself in the El Sereno area of Los Angeles.”
Brianna takes medication for her kidney disease and other illnesses and did not take it with her. If she is truly in need of this medication, she would have to go to a free clinic somewhere to get more medication. I suggest the PI head to free clinics around the North Hollywood area and see if anyone has seen her. She was last known to be in LA and most of these runaways end up in North Hollywood as all the teens help each other there and there is plenty of flop houses.
Brianna is 5’4” tall, weighs 118 lbs., has blonde hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on her location, please contact the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2844 or (619) 531-2000 or dial 911 immediately! Case Number: 15018098N