19-year-old disappears after going to visit her uncle
Scott Wood reports Donnie Holland for abusing one of the family children
Scott had previously taken a job that required him to relocate to Alabama. He initially moved in with Wendy and Donnie. While living with them, he discovers inappropriate messages on one of the children's computer. Scott then reports this to law enforcement.
Family Member Of Victim
A Baldwin County Investigator is assigned to look into Donnie's allegations
Baldwin County Investigator Eric Winberg is assigned to investigate the growing amount of allegations against Donnie Holland.
Scott calls Chessie to inform her that police were on their way to the Holland home
Chessie states that Scott called her and that law enforcement were on their way to the Holland home regarding the allegations. He adds that he needs somewhere to live. Chessie invites him to stay with her and recalls them staying up for three days and nights while Scott filled her in on the details he'd gathered over the last several months.
Chessie Wood's Home
Parent of Victim
Eric Winberg attempts to contact Brittney regarding the allegations
After receiving the allegations against Donnie, Eric Winberg states that the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) previously contacted Brittney, adding that there are text messages showing that she is willing to talk to them about the allegations.
Brittney updates her cover photo on Facebook
Brittney's final public Facebook activity includes updating her cover photo to a picture of her brothers and responding to a wall post from friend, Tiffany Bailey.
Brittney and an unnamed cousin speak on Facebook Messenger
Brittney receives a message from an unnamed cousin stating that Scott Wood, Dustin Kent and Donnie Holland had raped her. The conversation continues for a while with Brittney later ending it by saying "I love you. I'm sorry." Her cousin continues messaging Brittney on May 28th and May 30th, but receives no further response.
Last time Brittney sees her daughter
Maxine Harris, Andy's mother, later tells media outlets that Brittney's daughter sees Brittney two days before she vanishes.
Brittney communicates with multiple individuals throughout the day
Throughout the day, Brittney exchanges numerous text messages with multiple people, including individuals identified as "Jerrod," "Courtney," and "Bradley." A review of social media groups indicates the individuals referenced on the records are Jared Monroe, Kourtney, whose last name is unknown, and Bradley Rivers.
Friend / Acquaintance of Victim
Former Significant Other Of Victim
Evening: Brittney's last post on Facebook
Chessie later informs the media that Brittney is addicted to Facebook and that her last post is on Wednesday night. Chessie states "I don't think since Facebook was invented she has been off that long."
6:50pm: Andy speaks with Brittney on the phone
Andy, the father of Brittney's daughter, speaks with Brittney on the phone.
7:00pm: Detective Winberg meets with Wendy Holland at her home
There are conflicting times floating around, but Wendy reports to officials that she meets with Eric Winberg at her home around 7:00 p.m. to discuss the sex crime investigation
7:00pm: Brittney leaves Chessie's home
Brittney tells Chessie she is going to visit a friend named Kourtney. At this time, Brittney is allegedly aggravated or frustrated, and grabs a tote bag containing her belongings before leaving on foot.
Chessie recalls standing on the front porch of her home and asking Brittney where she was going because she thought they had plans and Brittney responding, "I just don't think you'd understand, Mom, but I'll be back." She reportedly watches Brittney walk down the road until a fence obscured her view and she was no longer able to see Brittney. At the time, she did not know who picks Brittney up at the end of the street. It is later determined that Donnie picks Brittney up.
7:14pm: Brittney calls Donnie
Phone records shown later in a documentary indicate that Brittney made multiple phone calls on the evening of May 30, including several to Donnie. It is assumed that these calls are placed prior to her leaving Chessie's home.
7:19pm: Brittney calls Donnie again
Brittney calls Donnie again. The record shown on the documentary does not show any additional calls made to Donnie, indicating that he picks Brittney up at some point after this phone call was placed.
7:30pm: Donnie picks Brittney up
According to former Baldwin County Detective, Eric Winberg, Donnie Holland picks Brittney up and takes her to a friend's home near Styx River in the Robertsdale/Wilcox area of Baldwin County, where he is living at the time. This area is near the Alabama/Florida line.
Chessie states this is the last place that Brittney is known to have been seen alive; however, there seems to be conflicting information on whether anyone, in fact, sees Brittney at the home.
Moore Styx River Property
Late Night: Brittney exchanges texts with Jared Monroe
Brittney's phone records indicate Brittney exchanges text messages with "Jerrod." The texts are exchanged between 9:25pm and 9:27pm. A review of social media groups dedicated to finding groups seem to point to this being Jared Monroe.
Late Night: Brittney exchanges texts with Bradley Rivers
Brittney's phone records indicate she exchanges multiple text messages with Bradley Rivers between 9:35pm and 10:40pm. However, Chessie alleges that when Bradley is questioned about the conversation, he is not able to remember the substance of the communications and no longer had access to that phone.
Late Night: Brittney exchanges texts with an unknown number
Brittney's phone records indicates that she also exchanges multiple text messages with a number identified as "Unknown". This text conversation happens between 10:42pm and 10:46pm.
11:29pm: Last phone call to Brittney that doesn't go to voicemail
Cellphone records indicate that the last phone call Brittney receives that does not go straight to voicemail is from Andy. Records show that the call lasts for 57 seconds.
11:36pm: Incoming phone calls to Brittney start going to voicemail
Cellphone records show repeated attempts by Andy to reach Brittney after their last call; but all calls go straight to voicemail.
Evening: Wendy meets Donnie at Styx River
Eric Winberg states that cellphone records indicate that Wendy does meet Donnie at the Styx River house; whether to visit her husband or to clean up a crime scene, he is unsure. He does not clarify the exact time.
12:07am: Brittney's phone pings in Robertsdale
Phone records indicate that Brittney's voicemail is accessed from her phone, but there is no confirmation on whether this is done by Brittney or by someone else.
Overnight: Donnie returns to Mobile
Cellphone records indicate that Donnie's phone pings off a cell tower near Chessie's home in the early morning hours, but where he goes or why he returns remains unknown. Chessie speculates that he may have gone to Mendy and Dustin's home, which is located on Marle Road, not far from her home on Lenardo. This has never been confirmed.
1:47am: Brittney's phone pings in Grand Bay near Exit 4
The last communication from Brittney's phone is a text to Bradley Rivers, which causes her phone to ping off a tower near the TA Travel Station in Grand Bay. It is unknown whether Brittney, at this point, has physical possession of her phone; and no witnesses have come forward confirming that they had seen Brittney at any point after she leaves Chessie's home on May 30th.
Chessie states in Episode 2 that law enforcement and KlaasKids determine that the final ping was a repeat text prior to the battery being removed from the phone, and that Brittney is not physically with the phone at this time. However, a forensic data expert in the documentary states that the records do not indicate a repeat text. It is worth noting that the last two text messages sent from Brittney's phone were to Bradley Rivers, one at 11:23 p.m. and the last one at 1:47 a.m. There are two incoming messages that are redacted between those two outgoing messages.
Final Cell Phone Ping (Approx. Location)
Morning: Donnie drops Wendy and the kids off at the Moores' home in Magnolia Springs
Wendy and at least two of her children, possibly three, stay with Donnie at the Wilcox property the night of May 31st. The following morning, Donnie drops Wendy and the children off at the Moores' home in Magnolia Springs.
Afternoon: Wendy calls Eric to report that Donnie is acting erratically and contemplating suicide
Wendy calls Eric to report Donnie missing. Eric claims she is actively looking for him because she knows he is in distress.
BCSO issues an initial BOLO for Donnie
BCSO issues an initial BOLO for Donnie stating he was possibly in the Fish River area on County Rd. 32 and wanted for questioning. They advised he’d made threats against his life and it was unknown whether he possessed any weapons. The BOLO was later updated to include the statement “Wife advises he does not possess any guns.”
Donnie drives to Fish River and attempts to take his own life
Approximately 30 minutes before Donnie is scheduled to meet with Eric Winberg to discuss the ongoing sex-abuse investigation, Donnie drives to a vacant lot near his home. After arriving, Donnie sustains what officials later determine to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to head in an attempt to take his own life with Brittney's gun.
Fish River (Approx. Location)
12:02pm: Fairhope Police Department receives a call about a possible suicide
Records received from 911 indicate a call was received from an unknown individual reporting a suicide attempt. According to the notes, Donald Holland was identified and the caller stated "they don't wanna touch him," "person sitting a black [sic] suraban [sic]," and that the "caller adv she got a call from him." Caller advised Donnie was breathing on his own. Baldwin County 911 transferred the caller to BCSO.
Fairhope PD Call Regarding Suicide (Approx. Location)
Afternoon: Wendy and Jennifer find Donnie in his SUV with a gunshot wound to the head
According to a public Facebook post by Mendy, Wendy finds Donnie an hour and a half after his suicide attempt. She does not mention anyone being with Wendy at the time; however, in the Monster in the Shadows documentary, she states that Jennifer is with Wendy at the time he is found. It is unclear how they knew where to find him.
Afternoon: Wendy deletes four text messages from Donnie's phone
Baldwin County 911 received a call from an unknown female regarding a suicide attempt at the end of River Park Road. The caller advised Donnie was sitting in a black Suburban with a GSW to the head and "they don't wanna touch him." She further advised that he was still breathing on his own and another comment notes again "not going to touch the pt." She told dispatch "she received a call from him earlier." The caller was transferred to BCSO. Dispatch requested EMS, LifeFlight, and BCSO. The dispatch notes reflect "905" advised he had spoken to BCSO and that he location was possible River Road instead of River Park Road and the location was updated in the notes. The locations are important to note as the dead end of River Park Road is approximately .2 miles from Donnie and Wendy's home on Bay Street and the dead end of River Road is approximately 1 mile from their home.
Although BCSO records later reflect that Wendy and Jennifer were at the scene upon arrival of LE, there is currently no information to confirm whether the caller was Wendy or Jennifer.
According to statements made in Monsters in the Shadows, instead of calling 911, Jennifer Moore called Eric to inform him she and Wendy had located Donnie while Wendy deleted at least four text messages from Donnie's phone. Eric later states in the series that LE is aware Wendy manipulated the scene and deleted messages from Donnie's phone and felt that said a lot about her mindset. He does not believe that the messages were ever recovered.
2:31pm: Fish River/Marlow Fire Chief Gib Hixon arrive on scene
Chief Hixon reports that Donnie was alive but struggling to breathe when he is found in the SUV.
2:28pm: BCSO arrive on the scene
When BCSO deputies arrived on scene, a female directed them toward Donnie’s Suburban, where they observed another female standing in the driver’s doorway of the Suburban with the door open and a male laying back in the driver’s seat. They identify the male as Donnie and the females as Wendy and Jennifer. The records note a red Chevy Aveo parked directly beside the Suburban, almost window to window, facing the same direction. They further note Donnie had an obvious GSW to the right side of his head behind the ear and was still moving at the time LE arrived. A Raven handgun was located by Donnie’s feet between the seat and center console, which was removed and secured in an LE vehicle. Once Eric Winberg and the Criminal Investigations Division arrived, the scene was turned over to them for further processing.
According to Eric Winberg’s supplemental narrative, he heard via BCSO radio traffic that Donnie had been located at approximately 2:10 p.m. and responded to the scene. At the time he arrived, Donnie had already been removed from the vehicle and was receiving aid from EMS. Eric inspected the Raven handgun found in the SUV and noted blood spatter on the muzzle/slide and a blood smear on the grip next to the serial number. Investigators processed the scene for evidence, and then Eric had Donnie's SUV transported from the scene to the Sheriff's Office in Robertsdale and submitted the items collected to the evidence locker.
Eric's narrative contradicts statements made in the docuseries alleging he found out about Donnie via a phone call from Jennifer.
Donnie is taken to a hospital in Pensacola, FL
Multiple members of the Holland and Wood families are with Donnie at the hospital. Although Donnie is unconscious, Sonya, Brittney's aunt, recalls Wendy repeatedly asking Donnie, "Where's Brittney?"
Hospital In Pensacola, FL
Officials rule Donnie's incident a suicide
At some point after arriving at the hospital, doctors remove bags from Donnie's hands without testing for gunshot residue (GSR), and states that law enforcement had already ruled the incident a suicide. Eric Winberg says that at that point in time GSR testing had not been performed by the Alabama Department of Forensics.
Afternoon: Family attempts to contact Brittney
In the hours after Donnie's attempted suicide, family members try to contact Brittney to let her know what was going on, but receive no response.
Afternoon: Brittney is reported missing to the Mobile Police Department
After being unable to reach Brittney on the phone or through friends, a missing person report is filed with Mobile Police Department.
Step Parent of Victim
3:30pm: Donnie passes away in the hospital from his injuries
Eric maintained contact with hospital staff and the Holland family over the weekend and was advised life support would be turned off on Monday once a surgical team arrived since Donnie was an organ donor. At approximately 3:30 on 6/4/12, Eric was notified by hospital officials that Donnie was declared dead and an autopsy would be performed on 6/6/12 by the District 1 Medical Examiners at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Investigators search an area around Waterworld Property
On June 6 and June 7, 2012, members of the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office search the area around the home that Donnie had been living in after it is reported that Brittney went to visit him instead of her friend. The Sheriff's Office reports finding no evidence in the search, which ultimately leads them to believe Brittney is not in Baldwin County.
9:30am: District 1 Medical Examiner's Office performs autopsy on Donnie Holland
Forensic Pathologist and Chief Medical Examiner, Andrea Minyard, MD, noted a GSW entrance in the right temple, 3 inches from the top of the head and centered with the right external auditory meatus. The entrance was approximately 1/2-inch round with 1/16 pink abrasion collar. Additional irregular red abrasions and puncture holes consistent with medical therapy were noted. Two distorted lead fragments and a distorted copper fragment were recovered from left parietal lobe of the brain. The trajectory was determined to be from right to left and upwards. The cause of death was listed as GSW of head and the manner of death was listed as suicide.
Wendy has Donnie's remains cremated
According to comments on social media made by Chessie, Donnie is cremated three days after he passes away.
Brittney's family makes a public plea for information and help searching
"We're hunting for our daughter and we don't know where to turn," a frustrated Stephanie Hanke tells local media after searching the Styx River area for any signs of Brittney with no luck. Chessie tells the media that Brittney had not even been on social media since May 30th. The family states that part of the frustration with searching is that they do not know what they are doing and that they needed help. Soon after the segment is aired, KLAASKids contacts WKRG and offers their assistance. During the search, a torso washes ashore on a beach in Mississippi, giving the family concern, but investigators quickly rule out any possibility that it may be Brittney.
Morning: Baldwin County investigators state that they do not believe Brittney is in Baldwin County
After searching on Wednesday and Thursday, a Baldwin County Sheriff's Office spokesman states that there is no evidence leading them to believe that Brittney is still in Baldwin County. The spokesman adds that they had not found any witnesses who could recall seeing her in Baldwin County.
Morning: Klaas KIDS join search efforts
At a press conference, family members announce that a Klaas KIDS Search Team will be assisting in the search for Brittney.
7:00pm: Candlelight vigil is held for Brittney
Family members hold a candlelight vigil at Travis Road Baptist Church for Brittney
Travis Road Search
Morning: Search of Styx River Basin
A search team consisting of search and rescue units from Escambia County (FL), Monroe County and over 70 volunteers conduct a large-scale search led by Klaas KIDS Director Brad Dennis. The search focuses in on a 5-mile area of Styx River Basin, where Brittney's phone pinged after she had last been seen.
During the search, a few items of interest are marked for evidence, including a pair of women's underwear and a bath cloth. It is later determined these are unrelated to Brittney and her disappearance.
Derek Wood is released from Mobile County Metro Jail
Derek is released from Mobile County Metro Jail after being arrested on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident with injury.
Sibling of Victim
9:00am: Search of Styx River Basin continues
Search teams resume the search of the Styx River Basin with additional support from Southwest Panhandle Search and Rescue (FL) and North Baldwin Sheriff;s Search and Rescue (AL).
Mobile Police release numbers for tips related to Brittney
MPD encourages anyone with information related to Brittney to call 251-208-7211 (MPD), 251-208-7000 (CrimeStoppers), or tet 274637 with keyword CRIME 411.
Wendy finds Brittney's cellphone battery in Donnie's SUV
Chessie states that approximately two weeks after Fairhope Police Department receives Donnie's SUV and had finished processing it, Wendy shows up at Chessie's home with Brittney's cellphone battery. Wendy allegedly explains that she had found it in Donnie's SUV when it was released back to her. Chessie states that she is able to identify the battery based on unique markings which had been made by Brittney's stepfather when he was trying to help Brittney remove the battery one day when she was having trouble with her phone.
Chessie states that she calls and asks the Fairhope Police Department whether they are aware of the battery, and they allegedly state that they are, but that the battery is not considered significant because it does not hold data. Brittney's phone has never been found.
CBS News publishes photos and flyers for Brittney
CBS News publishes photos of Brittney, along with her flyer, nationwide.
New evidence shifts the search for Brittney to Grand Bay, where police believe she was last seen
Brittney's family spends Saturday going door-to-door handing out flyers and speaking to people after new evidence leads police to believe that Brittney may have last been seen in Grand Bay.
Crews continue search efforts in the Irvington/Grand Bay area
Ongoing search efforts continue with crews going door-to-door in the Irvington/Grand Bay area passing out flyers.
Chessie gives an interview with local news outlet Fox10
In an interview with local news outlet, Fox10, Chessie recalls the last time she saw Brittney, "She was happy as she could be. She wasn't upset at all. She walked out of my yard carrying a blue bag and I just thought she was going to a friend's house." Chessie makes a plea directly to Brittney, "Brittney, honey, you are in no trouble whatsoever. If you believe you may be in some trouble, I've done checked it all out. You are not in any trouble. Call me; instant message me; Facebook me or whatever. Just come home or let me know you are safe." A vigil is scheduled for the following Monday at Travis Road Baptist Church.
Brittney's family continues searching
Brittney's family continues their search for Brittney in an unknown area.
Brittney's family holds a bucket drive to help raise money for a reward
In addition to a bucket drive, an account is set up at Compass Bank for anyone who wants to make donations to the reward fund. Wally states that he had been searching for Brittney every day since she had disappeared, and Stephanie says that she is hopeful that offering a reward would give anyone with information incentive to come forward to police.
$1,500 reward is offered
Brittney's family announces a $1,500 reward for information leading to Brittney's recovery.
Authorities confirm that the handgun used in Donnie's suicide belongs to Brittney
Law enforcement confirms that the Raven .25-caliber handgun which had been found in Donnie's SUV belongs to Brittney. This announcement fuels rumors that Brittney may have shot Donnie and skipped town; however, Chessie tells local media that, as a family, they could not see how Brittney would have had the means to run. They also believe that, if she had run, she would have taken her daughter with her.
According to Brittney's relatives, Brittney normally carries two bullets in her gun. Officials confirm that the weapon only had one bullet left after Donnie had shot himself.
Brittney's family wants her case upgraded to criminal investigation
Despite Chessie stating that she suspects foul play, Mobile Police Spokesman Chris Levy states, "All indications are... is that she is out there somewhere just not coming forward." Even with all the activity surrounding Brittney's case, the status remains unchanged.
Chessie tells local media that she believes Brittney was a victim of sexual abuse
In a statement to local media, Chessie states that she believes Brittney had been a victim of sexual abuse and that officials had told her that Brittney was one of Donnie's victims. Chessie feels like Brittney had been trying to protect people in the family that she loves and paid the ultimate price for it. She explains that Brittney carried the gun for protection because she had a lot of "obsessive ex-boyfriends and look what was going on across the Bay... I guess she was scared."
Family questions investigator's position that Brittney's case is not related to the sex-crime investigation
Family members disagree with investigators' position that the two investigations are unrelated, and believe that Donnie had been with Brittney less than 48 hours before he shot himself based on cell phone records.
According to a Baldwin County Sheriff's Office spokesman, Donnie is also a suspect in Brittney's investigation. Mobile Police would not release any details regarding their investigation into Brittney's disappearance or whether Donnie is believed to have had a role and spokesman Anthony Lowery states that they had said all they were going to say about Donnie.
Donald Holland investigation closed by exceptional clearance, other prosecution, Grand Jury presentation.
After receipt of the ME's autopsy report, Eric and another sergeant from BCSO traveled to the District 1 Medical Examiner's Office to retrieve the projectile recovered during the autopsy and returned it to the BCSO evidence locker. The investigative file was then forwarded to the Baldwin County DA's office for Grand Jury presentation and considered closed by exceptional clearance, other prosecution, Grand Jury presentation.
Derek leads police on a high-speed chase and escapes in nearby woods
Derek Wood is one of the Wood family members who is arrested in July of 2012 on charges of rape and sodomy. He is later released on bail with an ankle monitor. After missing a check-in with deputies, the Sheriff's Office locate him at Chessie's home. Derek had been in a car with an unknown woman when police arrive and immediately flees the scene in the vehicle.
The chase ends shortly after it began when the vehicle Derek was in wrecks, and Derek flees the car into a wooded area. Police do not immediately find him, but locate his ankle monitor in weeds nearby.
Morning: Search of 30 acres in Tillman's Corner
Search crews, including Klaas KIDS and K9s, search a 30-acre area of land, including the area that Derek had previously fled into, in Tillman's Corner based on a tip received by the Mobile Police Department. No sign of Brittney is found during this search.
30-Acre Search (Approx. Location)
Chessie and Klaas KIDS hold a press conference
Chessie and Brad Dennis, Director of Klaas KIDS, hold a press conference urging hunters to watch for Brittney, since there will be less areas available for searches due to the upcoming hunting season. By December of 2012, Klaas KIDS coordinates searches in 41 different areas of Mobile and Baldwin Counties.
Brittney's family plans a prayer vigil
Brittney's family plans a vigil for Brittney and other missing persons at Travis Road Baptist Church.
Local news outlet, Fox10, airs a special report
The special report by Andrew Perez features interviews with family members and investigators who are involved in Brittney's case, including Eric Winberg, who had been the lead detective in Baldwin County for a period of time, however he had been removed at some point prior to the special. Winberg refers to Brittney as the "golden nugget" in the sex-abuse investigation, someone who could tell the entire story.
7:30pm: Vigil held for one-year anniversary of Brittney's disappearance
One year after Brittney's disappearance, Chessie hosts a vigil at her home.
Brittney's handgun, along with bullets and bullet fragments related to Donnie's death, are submitted for testing
Chessie states in "Monster in the Shadows" that Donnie is cremated three days after his death, and that the bullet which had been lodged in his jaw was never removed.
Records received from Alabama Department of Forensic Science in response to a public records request indicate that they received the following for testing: one Raven .25 caliber pistol; one swab collected from the pistol during lab exam; test fired bullets and cartridge cases from the pistol; one magazine compatible with the pistol; one unfired .25 caliber cartridge; one sealed, clear, plastic containing one fired .25 caliber cartridge; one swab collected from the fired cartridge; one sealed envelope containing one clear, plastic vial labeled "Holland, Donald Projectile" containing one white gauze labeled "Holland, Donald Brain" containing one fired metal bullet jacket fragment and two lead fragments.
The bullet jacket is determined to be 25-caliber based on the diameter, but is too damaged for further classification. The characteristics of the jacket could be found in the following firearms: Astra, Colt, Davis Industries, Jennigns/Bryco, Phoenix Arms & Raven Arms. Further confirmation is inconclusive due to insufficient corresponding characteristics between the jacket fragment and the test fired bullets.
Friends and family celebrate Brittney's 21st birthday
Friends and family celebrate Brittney's 21st birthday by sharing memories from previous birthdays. They maintain hope that the upcoming criminal trials may be able to shed some light on what happened to Brittney and where she might be.
Chessie makes plea for Wendy to tell her where Brittney is
In a press conference, Chessie makes a public plea to Wendy, asking that she tell her where Brittney is. She states that she feels like Donnie had killed her daughter.
A search warrant is executed at the Holland home
Two of the 11 suspects confess to seeing numerous child pornography videos that include an unnamed victim as well as Brittney at various ages, all under 13, engaging in sexual activity with different adults. After this, authorities execute a search warrant on Wendy's home and seize information from a computer tower and a cell phone.
Wendy Holland Irvington Home
A Mobile County spokesperson states that the sex-abuse investigation and Brittney's disappearance are linked
In a statement to Mobile Press Register/AL.com, Mobile County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, Lori Myles, states "They all have something to do with Brittney Wood, maybe not her disappearance but they're all connected."
Investigators decide to take second look into the alleged suicide of Donnie Holland
In an article posted by Fox10, sources confirm that law enforcement is taking a second look into the alleged suicide of Donnie. Fox10 claim to have a letter purportedly written to Wendy that states, "Brittney wrote a letter with a lot of evidence on it pertaining to Jennifer, her, you, Mendy, and (child victim). She said if anything happened to her give it to the police. (Unknown) is scared to give the letter up" and "you need to ... get that letter that Brittney wrote. This can seriously (expletive) you up."
Fox10 also claims to have two other letters which are believed to have been written by Wendy that state, "Even if they do turn it in (the letter) they won't know if Brit wrote it or not. They cannot compare handwriting."
A search warrant is executed at the Holland home in Irvington
Over the weekend, another search warrant is executed on Wendy's home in Irvington. The Mobile Police Department confirms it is not first warrant to be exeucted and that it may not be the last.
Chessie tells the media that she believes Wendy has more information about Brittney's disappearance
In an interview with DailyMail, Chessie states, "I know who can tell me what happened to Brittney. It is my sister Wendy. She knows what took place and I just beg her to tell the truth. No more hiding and no more lies."
Morning: Authorities search 5-acres of private property in Theodore, AL
After receiving a tip that Brittney's body may be in the Theodore, AL area, members of the Mobile County Sheriff's Office, Mobile Police Department, and Klaas KIDS search the area for signs. They do not release an exact location for the search and later state they will continue to search the area at an unspecified date in the future.
Authorities search a wooded area near Qimby Drive
Chessie did not know that investigators and Klaas KIDS had planned to search the woods behind her home, however officials state that they had been following up on an anonymous tip that they had received, even though the area had previously been searched. The search ends just after 2:00 p.m. with no luck.
Evening: Vigil held for two-year anniversary of Brittney's disappearance
Brittney's family holds candlelight vigil at a Daphne theater, to honor and remember missing children across the Gulf Coast, including Brittney. Wally gives the following statement to reporters, "It's just been way too long. Two years is way too long to not know where your daughter is, where her body is, what happened to her, what exactly happened to her."
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Detectives state that they are waiting on forensic results for possible evidence found in a vehicle
Detectives state that they found a vehicle a few months previously and had taken samples of possible evidence to be forensically tested. Mobile police Officer Stephen Corley states that he believes Brittney was murdered, but that they needed to find her body or have someone come forward. He also states that people "very close to the case" are cooperating with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office, but would not reveal who is cooperating or who owned the vehicle that they found.
Sheriff Huey Mack tells the media that there is no evidence to suggest that Brittney is still alive.
Despite having entered Brittney into the system as a missing person, Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Mack states that Brittney had not come across any other department's radar, and that the evidence indicates that she is likely deceased.
Mack further stated that it would be an assumption to say Brittney's disappearance was related to the sex-abuse investigation
Stephanie told local media she was still holding on to the hope that Brittney was alive, despite investigators and prosecutors on both side of the bay saying they wanted to know things like, "We want to know where her body is" and "she met foul play."
Stephanie tells local media outlets she does not believe Brittney left on May 30 to confront Donnie
Stephanie, Brittney's stepmother, tells local media outlets during a break at Wendy Holland's trial that she does not think that Brittney left Chessie's home on May 30th to confront Donnie. She states, "She just wanted to get away. I think things could've gotten out of hand. There is no telling what could have happened."
Stephanie also believes that Wendy had tampered with Brittney's cell phone, and that messages that investigators had not been able to recover had been erased. She hopes that Wendy's trial would shed light on Brittney's whereabouts.
Stephanie tells local media that everything is connected
In a statement to local media outlets, Stephanie states, "This is all connected. If it wasn't for these crimes, Brittney wouldn't be missing." She also states that she would continue showing up for every hearing in support of all of the children in the family, so they knew they had somebody in their corner.
Vigil held for five-year anniversary of Brittney's disappearance
At a candlelight vigil, Chessie tells local media she believed Brittney was murdered five years ago by family and they had not been able to find her.
7:00pm: Vigil is scheduled for six-year anniversary of Brittney's disappearance
A vigil which had originally been planned for May 30, 2018 is rescheduled due to rain to June 1, 2018.
Brittney's daughter is interviewed for the first time
For the first time, Brittney's daughter speaks to NBC 15 and other local media outlets about her mother. Looking at photos of the two of them, she says, "I like the one with the pacifier in her mouth. I look at that one a lot and it looks silly." The following day is Brittney's birthday, which also falls on the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Homicide and Missing Persons Cases. Brittney's daughter invites the community to attend the event as she plans to have a special birthday celebration for Brittney. She also announces her plan to send 26 messages into the sky on balloons, one of the messages reads, "Mama, I love you."
Morning: Locals search a wooded area across from Travis Road Baptist Church
Chessie Wood, along with volunteers - including Julie Thomas who at the time was also searching for Danniella Vian - set out to search an area on Travis Road that had not been searched previously. This search is planned after a lead is received which initially had led to the search off of Travis Road.
10:00am: Search of Rice Creek in Stockton
According to the World Wide Search for Brittney Wood Facebook group, a two-day search of the Rice Creek area in Stockton is performed and filmed as part of the documentary. The search is conducted on March 16 and 17 of 2019.
7:20pm: Brittney's family requests that everyone light a candle at 7:20pm on the 7-year anniversary of Brittney's disappearance
In a social media post, Brittney's family asks for the public to light a candle at 7:20pm in memory of Brittney Wood, who, at this point, had been missing for 7 years.
Morning: No "new revelation" in search of Waterworld property
Volunteers with Klaas KIDS conducts a search of the Styx River property again with search dog, focusing on a concrete slab that Chessie claims had been poured around the time that Brittney disappeared. Ground Penetrating Radar is used during the search to see if there were any areas of interest underneath the slab. No conclusive evidence is found by the end of the search.
New age-progression photo of Brittney Wood released
The Mobile Police Department releases an age-progression photo of Brittney, which had been created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. In a statement by the lead investigator, he indicates that it is more likely than not that Brittney is deceased, but investigators are still working the case. He also indicates that there is evidence that Brittney may be in a specific area, but he would not give the location.
Morning: The Mobile County Sheriff's Office obtains a search warrant for a Ramsey Blvd. property
After receiving a tip the week prior, investigators from the Mobile County Sheriff's Office obtain a search warrant and bring a K9 to a property on Ramsey Blvd. While on the property, the K9 alerts to something, which prompts investigators with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office to obtain a search warrant to complete a dig at the property. The property had been previously searched. Due to weather, the search concludes around 11 a.m.
The Mobile County Sheriff's Office continues to search the Ramsey Blvd. property
Officials with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office execute a new search warrant to complete a dig at the Ramsey Blvd. property. The search provides no additional evidence or facts.
Chessie announces that she's planning a funeral for Brittney on or around the 10-year anniversary of Brittney's disappearance
In an interview with local media outlet Fox10, Chessie explains that she had begun planning a funeral for Brittney on or around the 10-year date of disappearance. She later shares the same information on social media, stating that she felt that Brittney deserves it. As of April of 2022, no arrangements have been shared.
"Monster in the Shadows" documentary released
Peacock releases "Monster in the Shadows," a three-part documentary which takes a look into the unsolved disappearance of Brittney and the incestuous child sex-abuse crimes that were discovered.
In Episode 2 of the documentary, Eric Winberg states that the criminal investigation did provide a motivation for Brittney's disappearance because she had been a victim, and she had been in communication with and was willing to talk with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office concerning the allegations.
Chessie and others search an unknown area
Chessie, along with others, search an unknown area in preparation for a bigger search the following weekend, which was postponed due to inclement weather. This search is conducted on March 5-6 of 2022.
Vigil held for 2-year anniversary