Episode 050 - The Vanishing of Brandi Wells
Twenty-three year old Brandi Wells was beginning to put her life back on track. After a failed marriage and traveling throughout Texas, she moved to Brownsboro, just twenty minutes away from her hometown of Tyler. She re-enrolled in college, to pursue a degree in education, and had just gotten a new job. Things were looking up.
On August 2nd, 2006, Brandi decided to go out for one last night of fun before she had to focus on her studies and job. This night, she would decide to go to Longview, TX, to a club known as Graham Central Station. Only a few people knew her destination, and no one knew why. Brandi was seen entering and exiting the club, but after that, she vanished. Her car was found the next day, abandoned along Interstate 20. Sadly, the connection between the car, and her disappearance wouldn't be made for days.
By the time investigators knew what they were dealing with, they were a week behind. The investigation was flawed, involving false identifications, tracking the wrong cell phone and questions about the crime scene which have never been answered. Twelve years later, her family still wonders what became of their daughter, sister and niece.
What happened to Brandi Wells? Was she tricked by someone she knew and trusted? Could a total stranger, posing as a good samaritan have taken advantage of her kind nature or was Brandi dragged into the dark world of human trafficking? Join host Steven Pacheco as he explores this baffling and heartbreaking case.