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Police Search Continues For Missing Massachusetts Woman Last Seen More Than A Week Ago

Brittany Tee, 35, was last seen leaving a residence on foot in Brookfield on Jan. 10, according to WCVB. The Worcester County District Attorney said her boyfriend is cooperating with the investigation.

By Caitlin Schunn
A police handout of missing woman Brittany Tee

Massachusetts police continue to expand the search for a missing 35-year-old woman who was last seen on Jan. 10.

Brittany Tee left a residence on foot on Main Street in Brookfield, a town about 70 miles west of Boston, around 8:30 p.m. more than a week ago, according to the Worcester County District Attorney’s office. It's believed she and her boyfriend were living together at the residence she was seen leaving, according to CBS News.

She was reported missing by her family late in the evening of Jan. 12, the district attorney said.

“I want to reiterate, this is a search, it’s not a crime scene, everyone we’re talking to has been cooperative,” said Joseph Early Jr., the Worcester County District Attorney, during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Early Jr. said multiple state agencies, including Brookfield Police and state police detectives, are searching for Tee. Officers have flown over the area to look for any clues to her whereabouts and teams were on the ground searching with canine units in the woods and along routes 9 and 148 in Brookfield on Tuesday.

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“There’s an awful lot of people involved with this, doing as much as they can to help us find some answers,” Early Jr. said. “We have her on foot, and we have her in the elements, so yeah, we’re really concerned. That’s why we’re asking for the public’s help. She might have gone to a friend’s house. She might be in several different places that the family’s aware of. I don’t want to get into those conversations — just that we know she’s missing, and we haven’t heard from her.”

Early Jr. urged people to check all campers, garages, sheds and buildings on their property for any sign of Tee.

A police handout of missing woman Brittany Tee

“If you have video in your house, don’t say it couldn’t have been her, she couldn’t have been out, check your video, it can help us,” Early Jr. said. “It can help the family, it can help the searchers, it can help everyone involved.”

Early Jr. said Tee did have her cell phone on her when she left the residence, but couldn’t share any information on its current location. He said officers are in contact with Apple. Tee’s family told WCVB her cell phone pinged late last week not far from the search area off Route 9. Officers have also searched Tee’s laptop and car for any evidence.

“She had her phone, we think her iPad — because we can’t find it — and her wallet,” Bethany Tee, Brittany’s sister, told WCVB.

Brittany worked at a local liquor store and is well-known around town, her sister told WCVB. She said Brittany had no immediate plans outside of central Massachusetts.

“She would not leave on purpose this long,” Bethany Tee said to WCVB. “She always contacted us no matter what. She’s never done it. She’s never left. We’ve always known where she was. We’ve always talked to her almost daily. It’s just so out of the norm for her. That’s what scares us. I just don’t know.”

Tee’s family and friends are also posting missing person flyers with her image around Brookfield.

“I just wanted to help out the family and keep the search going for Brittany,” Tee’s friend, Jesse Melanson, told WCVB. “Just hoping we can get her home safe. Her and her family are super tight-knit. She’s got nieces and nephews. I don’t know. It’s not like her.”

Tee is 5-feet, 6-inches tall, weighs 120 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black winter coat, a hoodie, jeans and work boots.

“I just want her home,” Tee’s mother, Susan, told the Worcester Telegram. “We want her home. She’s amazing. She’s very strong. She’s loving. This is totally out of character.”

Tee told the Telegram she doesn’t think her daughter would run away on her own.

“Everyone who has called in with tips, thank you, they’ve helped us in so far as pointing us in what we believe to be the right direction,” Early Jr. said. “These things never have a timeline, they work themselves out slowly, but it does allow us to move more quickly when we can eliminate different things and that’s what the tips have been doing for us.”

A tip line has been set up for anyone with information on Lee’s whereabouts at 508-453-7589. Tips can be left anonymously.

“I know that the longer this goes on, the more anxiety and frustration builds in people, but I want to remind everyone to remain positive, keep Brittany and her family in your thoughts and prayers, and continue to hope for the safe return of Brittany,” said Michael K. Blanchard, Chief of Police of the Brookfield police department, during the press conference Tuesday.

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