Investigators looking for a missing Brookfield woman found no sign of her Saturday after searching an area of more than 250 acres near her home, officials said.
investigators plan to search bodies of water in the coming week, authorities said.
The search for Brittany Tee, which was expanded Saturday, came as Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. renewed calls for the public’s help in locating the 35-year-old.
David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, said Saturday’s search concluded around 5 p.m., after investigators spent the day working in an area that included a large wooded section, as well as parts of routes 9 and 148.
“We did not locate Ms. Tee or any evidence of her whereabouts,” Procopio said in an e-mail Saturday.
Tee was last seen about 8:30 p.m. on Jan 10, when she was leaving a Main Street home near Lewis Field on foot. Her family reported her missing Jan. 13. Tee is 5 feet 6 inches tall, has brown hair and blue eyes, and was wearing a black winter coat, a hoodie, jeans, and work boots at the time she disappeared.
The investigation remains a missing person’s case, Early said during a press conference in Brookfield early Saturday afternoon.
“Everyone’s hoping that she is still alive,” Early said. “And if anyone knows any information with regards to [Tee], please give us a call.”
Procopio said authorities, including State Police K-9 units and its Special Emergency Response Team, worked on the ground, while a drone was used to search the area from the air.
The search drew upon police from Brookfield and Worcester, including the city’s police cadets, as well as Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue and Central Mass Search and Rescue.
State Police detectives assigned to the Worcester district attorney’s office are working to ascertain Tee’s movements, according to Procopio.
“Planning is underway with the State Police Dive Team and Marine Unit for likely searches of bodies of water next week if Ms. Tee is not located before then,” Procopio said.
Detectives, who are continuing their investigation, will not resume their search Sunday unless “develop new information that warrants it,” he said.
Snow is expected Sunday night into Monday, and Procopio said authorities would adjust plans to continue their search due to the weather.
Early said at the press conference that Tee’s family has worked closely with investigators.
“The family has been wonderful... they’re working hand in hand with us, " he said.
Tee’s boyfriend has also been cooperative with authorities, Early said.
Brookfield police and State Police have been in touch with Apple and Facebook as part of their work collecting electronic evidence, Early said Monday. Authorities have Tee’s car, and are examining it for evidence, according to Early.
Tee had her phone with her when she was last seen, Scott J. Croteau, a district attorney’s office spokesman, said on Saturday.
Brookfield Police Chief Michael Blanchard said investigators are not using volunteer searchers.
“I understand the desire for the citizens to come out and assist. There are several reasons why we are not using civilian search teams, and you need to trust me, and the law enforcement professionals behind me,” Blanchard told reporters.
Blanchard and Croteau did not respond to questions regarding those reasons.
Early said Saturday authorities are trained to participate in a search like the one being conducted to find Tee.
“All of these people go through a ton of training to be able to do what they’re doing today,” Early said.
Anyone with information about Tee can call 508-453-7589. Tips can be left anonymously, Early said.
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