During the early morning hours of July 25th, 2008, Brittany Peart was not in her best state-of-mind. The 21 year-old woman was in the midst of a disagreement with her mother that left her quite upset. By time it reached 1-o’clock in the morning, Brittany angrily decided to leave. She packed an overnight bag with a few belongings and drove away from her family’s Elkton, Maryland home. Brittany’s mother assumed that Brittany just needed time to cool off. However, Brittany never returned home.
A week later, Brittany’s car was found abandoned in the town of North East, Maryland. Both her keys and the bag she packed before leaving her house were found inside the car. Brittany had not been reported missing yet at this point, and it is unclear if her family members were notified about the discovery of her car. If they were, it appeared they were still leaning towards the idea that Brittany was just taking some time away and would eventually return on her own accord. When she had still not returned by September 2008, Brittany’s family members reported her missing.
In October 2009, Brittany’s family members hired a private investigator to help search for her. It is unknown how in-depth the investigation was, but the private investigator ended up telling her family that Brittany had likely started a new life in another city. The search for Brittany seemed to hit a lull after that.
Over two years later, on December 4th, 2011, human remains were found by hunters in a wooded area on the Maryland-Delaware state line. Days later, those remains were identified as that of Brittany Peart. After the identification, very few details about Brittany’s death were released. Details about her exact cause of death remain unclear to this day, but Brittany’s loved ones believe she was murdered. In fact, many of Brittany’s friends have posted on social media that they believe she was killed by a man she was dating at the time. This man has never been charged with anything related to Brittany’s death, and it is unclear if investigators believe Brittany was murdered.
The truth about what happened to Brittany Peart remains a mystery to this day. Delaware State Police have classified her death as a cold case. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please contact Delaware Cold Case detectives at (302) 741-2730.