Investigators create tipline in search for missing Brookfield woman Brittany Tee
BROOKFIELD - State and local police expanded their search Tuesday for missing Brookfield woman Brittany Tee to the woods off Routes 9 and 148. Investigators have also set up a special anonymous tipline specifically for information on her disappearance: 508-453-7589.
Tee, 35, has not been seen by family or friends for a full week now.
She was last seen walking away from her home on Main Street in Brookfield around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 10. Tee shares the house with her boyfriend. Her mother reported her missing Thursday night.
"We are searching an area about a mile radius from her home," Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said in a statement Tuesday. "The search patterns are informed by statistics of past missing persons searches and will expand as the areas are cleared to the satisfaction of the searchers."
Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early said they have her car and are searching it for evidence. Police had earlier combed the woods near her house and have gone door-to-door talking to her neighbors.
Early said Tuesday's search expands from a two-mile radius to three miles. Police have asked neighbors to check their property and security camera footage. They've also asked hunters to keep an eye out for any clues.
Early said it is currently a search, not a crime scene.
"There are no suspects right now," Early said Tuesday. "Her boyfriend has been very cooperative with us, everyone has been very cooperative with us. That is encouraging."
The Massachusetts State Police Special Emergency Response Team searched the home inside and out, and in a car that was parked outside the home. Ordinary citizens also pitched in.
"Look at my ear, I tore it up. Oh yea, it's really nasty back there," said hunter Jeff Wilcox with scratches across his earlobe. "It's really thick along this edge. I mean it's brutally thick. You've got some places you've got to crawl through. When you get down there, there's cat-o'-nine tails taller than your head," he said.
Friends have been leaving fliers at bus stops and homeless shelters hoping to generate leads in the case.
"I just, we just want her back and hope nothing nefarious is going on," said Jesse Melanson, a friend who said he spoke with Tee on the phone days before she disappeared. "I don't know what to think."
Tee's sister Bethany told WBZ-TV Monday she would talk to Brittany daily and that going this long without communicating is "out of the norm for her."
Brittany Tee is 5'6", 120 pounds and was last wearing a black winter jacket, hoodie, jeans, and work boots.
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