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The Clinton County Sheriff's Office take a closer look at a cold case

A missing person's case is gaining some traction after investigators say some things aren't adding up

Posted: Aug 29, 2019 6:11 PM
Updated: Aug 29, 2019 6:17 PM

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)— Brandy Wilson was 24-years-old at the time she went missing, and was supposed to show up for work at Donaldson Company in Frankfort. After 17 years, she's still missing. Investigators in Clinton County said they won't stop searching until justice is served.

 "June was the last time that anyone had seen her," said Chief Deputy for the Clinton County Sheriff's Office Todd Lappin. 

Brandy Wilson's co-workers reported her missing on June 4th, 2002. 

"She was a mother, she was somebody's daughter, sister," said Jail Commander for the Clinton County Sheriff's Office Rick Morgan. 

Morgan was the detective on the case 17 years ago. At the time Wilson was married to 34-year-old Kenneth Wilson.

"From an investigative standpoint of view, this might have been a calculated incident," said Morgan. "I don't think it was something that might have occurred at the spur of the moment."

Wilson claimed his wife left their home in Colfax on foot. Leaving behind her wedding rings, and two sons. These are a few things that stood out to Commander Morgan.

"In everything that I've discovered about her she was a sweet person," said Morgan. 

Witnesses said Wilson changed the home voice mail to only mention his name the day Brandy went missing. They also say Brandy expressed many times that if she came up missing it was at the hands of her husband.

"To think that the possibility that the wife was taken," said Morgan. "That's what makes it difficult, she was taken from people who needed her."

Now with the help of Chief Deputy Todd Lappin, the case is getting a new look. Lappin was an Indianapolis homicide investigator for 20 years.

"We actually sat down and reviewed this case," said Lappin. "It was still on his mind. He still thinks about it."

Lappin said they're now looking at the case differently. He said anyone that helped or was involved with the missing of Brandy will reap the consequences. 

"We do believe foul play was involved, we believe foul play was involved back during the initial investigation," said Lappin. 

Lappin believes that witnesses that may have been scared to come forward in the past may now have the courage to do so. He said cases like this leave investigators pondering for hours, days and even years. 

"These cases you lay in bed sometimes at night and think about them," said Lappin. "You think about what could be done next. What have I not done, what should I do, what could I do?"

Investigators said regardless where Wilson is now, justice will be served.

"He's close with his mother and thinks his mother will protect him," said Lappin. "But for someone who's fifty-something odd years old, he needs to come out of that protection and man up and tell us where she's at."

Detective Matt Feterick, Jail Commander Rick Morgan, and Chief Deputy Todd Lappin will over see this case. 

If you have any information regarding Brandy Wilson you are urged to call the Clinton County tip line at 765-656- TIPS.

For a direct link to the Clinton County Sheriff's Office click here. 

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