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Father assails Vt. police in teen search

MONTPELIER -- The father of a Sheldon teenager missing since last month is criticizing the way Vermont State Police are investigating her disappearance.

In a letter to Governor James Douglas, Bruce Maitland said the investigation has not been aggressive enough and that his family had been kept in the dark about what police are doing.

Jason Gibbs, the governor's spokesman, said Douglas had not received the letter Friday afternoon but had been assured by Public Safety Commissioner Kerry Sleeper that police were working hard on the case.

Brianna Maitland, 17, has been missing since March 19 after she left her job at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery. Her car was found the next day a mile outside town.

Bruce Maitland said police did not tell him about the car until five days after her disappearance when he and his wife filed a missing person's report. Brianna was living at a family friend's house at the time of her disappearance.

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