Posted at: 07/08/2010 9:32 AM | Updated at: 07/08/2010 6:49 PM
By: Pat McGonigle | WHEC.com
He vanished three years ago and still today, police don’t have a trace on his whereabouts.
Brian Sullivan was last seen at the Burger King on Chili Avenue in Gates. His car was found empty on a nearby street.
The pain of not knowing what happened, the family says, is torture. They are convinced somebody knows something so they’re trying a technique that’s worked in other missing persons cases — playing cards.
They are putting Brian’s face on cards that will be used by inmates at area jails. Every card has a face and a name, every card comes with a heartbreaking mystery and hope that someone will see a face they recognize and come forward with information.
Brian Sullivan’s face now appears on these cards along with other missing persons put out by the Center for Hope. His family is hoping for closure.
Sullivan was last seen at the Burger King on Chili Avenue in Gates on July 8, 2007. His car was found abandoned on a nearby street with his wallet locked inside.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department has followed up on hundreds of leads but there’s still no sign of Brian Sullivan.
Drew Forsythe of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department said, “Most of us up here all have family and children so we understand the pain that they’re going through. As professionals it makes it that much worse when we can’t give them the answers that they’re looking for.”
Today the Sullivan family announced they are donating 150 decks of these cards to area jails.
His mother is realistic but she is prepared for the worst. Like any mother, she simply must know what happened to her son. “As a family we need to know, we need to know where he is, if he’s out there, we need to know, if he’s not, we need to know so we can bring him home.”
These cards can be helpful in turning up clues. The Center for Hope says in a previous printing of these cards, eight indictments came out of the 52 cards that were a part of that deck.
This strategy of using playing cards is also being used by Brittanee Drexel’s family — another teenager from Chili who disappeared without a trace.