Missing 13-Year-Old Found After 2 Days But Details Are Really Strange (VIDEO)


brooklyn gittinsTwo days after the 13-year-old Utah teen went missing, Brooklyn Gittins has been found. But the circumstances are so mysterious, this story is far from over. Brooklyn had been last seen going to bed wearing a gray t-shirt and black pajama pants. By morning she was gone, and she'd left behind her glasses and her cellphone.

Over 500 volunteers showed up to help search for the girl. And then, at 11:30 last night, she called her grandparents to let them know she'd been dropped off at a Walmart. The found her, unharmed and in those same pajamas but without even shoes or a coat. (It's cold and snowy in Utah.) What on Earth happened?!?

Apparently Brooklyn tried to run away once over the summer, but she soon returned. Was this another attempt? Police say the circumstances in this case are totally different from the summer. In fact, Lieutenant Justin Hoyal of Salt Lake Unified Police suspects Brooklyn was being held against her will.

We believe that she did leave her house on Tuesday evening, and somebody picked her up and harbored her for the last two and a half days. We're going to investigate. She's 13 years old, and for someone to hold her is wrong. We'll do everything to find the person and bring [that person] to justice.

So there's a lot the police still aren't saying. Maybe Brooklyn sneaked out to meet someone, not expecting to be gone long. Maybe the person involved was someone she knew. It's just really weird.

But the part that really creeps me out is how this story reminds me of what happened to Elizabeth Smart. She was just a year older when she was kidnapped right out of her bed and dragged into the outdoors to live as the second "wife" to a deranged self-proclaimed prophet. It's amazing that she was found and rescued -- and that she's a strong, confident woman who has found peace now. 

It's unlikely that this was a copycat kidnapping. Almost all incidents like this involve a family member or a boyfriend. But whatever happened, it sounds like there's been a lot of trouble brewing in this straight-A student's life. I hope the police are able to find whoever was behind her disappearance.

What do you think really happened to Brooklyn Gittins?


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dirti... dirtiekittie

obviously people were worried about this girl and wanted to see her brought home safely. at the same time, i think this is where 24/7 blown up media coverage is just too much. there's nothing being said yet because they don't know enough. and if the guy, or girl, who did this to this girl is still hiding, do you think they're going to blab every little detail? i understand that americans feel we have this "right to know" mentality but sometimes, it's better not to until the entire story is there for consumption. there are too many stories today of court cases having to be moved to alternate cities or counties or sometimes even states because the media bias is so strong they can't conduct a decent trial. 

let the cops do their jobs and try to find this person instead of hounding them every half an hour for an update or a comment. it will still be news when we get the whole story, but then it will be ACTUAL news because we're more likely to have more of the story. 

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This sounds eerily similar to something that happened close to my home. A very young teenage left and was found 2 days later. She actually left with a man she met on the internet, who repeatedly assaulted her for two days. I hope it's not a similar situation :(

Tracey Roloff

so if you found her what did she say??? How was she taken? Yes it sounds funny cuz this story doesnt even say what story she came up with when found at Walmart! 

nonmember avatar Darcy Truewell

Teens these days are smarter and smarter at a younger age. She probably took off and wanted to hang with some boy for a while and have sex or do drugs and party. Otherwise, why would nothing else come out of this or why wouldn't she be more upset than just calling on a phone to someone that she was dropped off like that?

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