2018-03-15 / Front Page

Search for missing women rescheduled

By Tanya Terry
810-452-2645 • tterry@mihomepaper.com


Towne-Woolard, of Burton, has been missing since December 11, 2016. 
Photos provided Towne-Woolard, of Burton, has been missing since December 11, 2016. Photos provided BURTON — Bring Our Missing Home, Inc., the Midwest chapter of Texas

Equusearch, the Burton Police

Department, the Flint Township

Police Department and the Genesee

County Search and Rescue Team will be conducting a search on March 24 for Teresa Towne-Woolard, of Burton, and Brianna Vibert, of Flint Township.

Towne-Woolard has been missing since December 11, 2016. She was last seen Dec. 5, 2016 wearing a red, winter coat and jeans in Kings Lane Apartments, near Hemphill and Fenton Roads, where she lived. She was last heard from Dec. 10, 2016 through a text message to her daughter. All of her personal belongings were all left in her apartment. Towne- Woolard’s current age is 49, she has blonde hair and blue eyes, is about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs approximately 110 pounds. A $2,500 reward was offered for information regarding her disappearance approximately month after she came up missing. Towne-Woolard presents herself as a single mother on her Facebook page, which her daughter has been posting on.


Brianna Vibert, of Flint Township, is one of two women a search party will meet at Kearsley High School March 24 to search for. Brianna Vibert, of Flint Township, is one of two women a search party will meet at Kearsley High School March 24 to search for. Vibert is a 25-year-old woman, last seen around 2:45 a.m. July 17, 2017 at the Mobil gas station in the 3800 block of South Saginaw Street. She is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has tattoos including the words ‘Maddox’ and ‘Savannah’ on her wrists, the word ‘family’ on her back, the Mad Hatter on her right shoulder and a skeleton key on her right foot.

The search for the two women was originally scheduled for March 10, but had to be rescheduled due to weather conditions.

Bring Our Missing Home planned the search and contacted other groups, according to the nonprofit organization’s founder, Cathy Rhodes.

“We’ve been working with the families of the two women for whom the search is being done since last year,” Rhodes said. “The families contact us. When there is enough information for a search, we organize one, doing mapping and pinpointing areas we feel need to be searched. We work with law enforcement.”

Rhodes said she has been working out the details of a search since January. She also said she assisted Anderson police with the Kala Brown case, in which Brown was found alive in a shipping container on her captor’s property, in South Carolina.

Det. Don Schreiber of the Burton Police Department said the Towne- Woolard case is the first missing case in Burton in many, many years.

“This is very devastating, especially to Towne-Woolard’s two daughter, who no longer have their mother and have therefore lost their parental guidance” Schreiber said. “We do have some leads we will share with the other three groups. Hopefully, there are a lot of volunteers.”

Lt. Jim Baldwin of the Flint Township Police said it’s “heart wrenching” for the families to not know where their loved ones are.

Dave Radar, director of the Midwest chapter of Texas Equusearch said their organization sometimes finds murder weapons and found three women alive within the last month.

Pat Lamson, a founding member, search manger and training coordinator for Genesee County Search and Rescue Team said their missing person response team is local and knows the area.

Those interested in participating in the search party can visit bringourmissinghome.org and fill out a volunteer form. Anyone with information about either of these women is asked to contact their local police department, or call 810-294-4858 to remain anonymous.

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