Missing Texas A&M University Student Found Alive After 7 Years

 

Here is a heartening and hopeful story for the friends and family of Natalee Holloway. A Texas A&M University student, advertisement Brandi Stahr who had been feared murdered after disappearing nearly seven years ago has been found alive and working in Kentucky.

BRYAN, Texas – A Texas A&M University student who had been feared murdered after disappearing nearly seven years ago has been found alive and working in Kentucky, according to authorities.

Brandi Stahr went missing in October 1998, and police spent hours searching for her body in wooded areas. They questioned a serial rapist and murderer about her just hours before he was executed last year.

But a telephone tip led investigators to Florence, Ky., where Stahr has been working for the last five years at a Sam’s Club, said Texas Ranger Frank Malinak.

“We thought we were dealing with a missing persons case,” Malinak said. “But, in actuality, we were dealing with a person who did not want to be found and was in hiding.”

Family troubles
Stahr, 27, hid from her family after she and her mother, Ann Dickenson, got into an argument over bad grades she received during her sophomore year and her family stopped paying for school.

For the last five years, Stahr worked under her real name, using her Social Security number. But police said they were unable to locate her that way because they don’t have access to IRS records.

Looks like there was a little trouble in paradise.

Dickenson and Stahr haven’t reunited yet, but have talked on the phone. Stahr told her sister the family should not bother visiting, but her mother said nothing will stop her.

“We’re going. I’m going. Even if I have to sit out in a (Sam’s Club) parking lot to see her,” Dickenson said.

Although Stahr committed no crime in her disappearance, investigators spent a lot of money and time looking for her, Malinak said.

Boy its hard to tell the crimes from the runaways these days.

Obviously this scenario in this case is much different than the well publicized Aruba missing teen. However, it does show us that there can be other alternatives to missing individuals other than thinking the worst.

Keep the faith.

Posted June 5, 2005 by
Crime | 4 comments


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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “Missing Texas A&M University Student Found Alive After 7 Years”

    1. Amy Allen on June 5th, 2005 10:59 pm

      Good post & thanks for the link. It’s my honor, and I’ll reciprocate.

    2. Joshua Taj Bozeman on June 6th, 2005 12:16 am

      “But police said they were unable to locate her that way because they don’t have access to IRS records. ”

      that just has to blow you away. access to all records is clearly common sense when dealing with situations like these. another example of how inefficient government usually is. i just cant imagine any private organization being run like the govt and ever getting away with it.

    3. Charlie (Colorado) on June 6th, 2005 1:15 pm

      No, in this case it’s a good thing. Would you want Buford the local sherriff able to look up your tax information?

      In any case, she’s an adult, she was entitled to disappear if she wanted to.

    4. BRENDA J PASS on August 8th, 2005 3:48 am

      IT DOESN’T MATTER WHETHER BY LAW SHE IS AN ADULT OR NOT, IF SHE WAS MUCH OF AN ADULT, SHE WOULDN’T HAVE TO HIDE FROM HER FAMILY MEMBERS TO BEGIN WITH, NOT TO MENTION THE AMOUNT OF MONEY SPENT THESE DAYS LOOKING FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT REALLY “MISSING” BUT WHO HAVE VOLUNTARILY DISAPPEARED. SHE COULD HAVE LET LAW ENFORCEMENT KNOW SHE WAS ALIVE EVEN IF SHE DIDN’T LET HER FAMILY KNOW WHERE SHE WAS. I HAVE BEEN WORKING TRYING TO ID SOME OF THE UNIDENTIFIED BODIES IN THIS NATION FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW, AND EVEN MANAGED TO ID TWO OF THEM. LAW ENFORCEMENT IS NOT ALWAYS CO-OPERATIVE WITH THOSE OF US WHO WANT TO HELP. CASES LIKE THIS ARE THE REASON WHY. OUR TIME AND TAXPAYERS MONEY WOULD BE BETTER SPENT IF WE KNEW WHICH OF THESE PEOPLE WERE “MISSING” BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE, AND I AM SURE CO-OPERATION FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT WOULD IMPROVE AS WELL. AND NOW I WILL SAY THAT I AM SORRY FOR HER POOR FAMILY, WHOM SHE WAS OBVIOUSLY OUT TO HURT TO BEGIN WITH PROBABLY BECAUSE THEY HURT HER IN SOME WAY, BUT THIS IS PAIN TO THE EXTREME. NO ONE-ADULT OR CHILD HAS THE RIGHT TO HURT FAMILY MEMBERS THIS WAY.

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