Six-year-old Brittney was last seen playing outside of her family’s residence at Village Manor Apartments in Sturgis, Michigan during the evening hours on September 16, 1997.
She went outside to ride her bicycle at approximately 7:30 p.m. Her mother, Tina Stetler left the residence to run errands at 8:30 p.m. and saw Brittney riding her bicycle around the neighborhood during that time.
Brittney’s half-brother told authorities that five minutes after their mother left, he saw Brittney sitting on a bench. A witness told investigators that Brittney was speaking to an unidentified male driving a red or brown mid-size vehicle shortly thereafter. Brittney walked over and told the witness that she “made a new friend.”
Tina returned home at 9:05 p.m. and asked Brittney’s brother to find her, but when Brittney could not be located, the authorities were called. Brittney’s bicycle was discovered abandoned shortly after she was seen. She has not been seen since.
The unidentified male that Brittney was last seen with is described as being in his late twenties or thirties, has short dark hair and a thick mustache. He was driving either a mid-sized red car or a brown Renault. Even though the man is not considered a suspect, authorities are looking for the man to question him.
In 1998 (a year after Brittney’s disappearance), Michigan courts removed Brittney’s younger sister and older brother from the family home after allegations of child physical and sexual abuse were issued in which Brittney’s father, Raymond Beers, Raymond’s brother, James Beers and Kevin Folsom (the father of one of Brittney’s half-brothers) were allegedly involved in. Kevin Folsom was incarcerated for molesting Brittney, but was released in 2008.
In 2000, Brittney’s case gained some publicity after a man from St. Clair Shores, Michigan was arrested for possessing images of child pornography that was saved on his computer. One of the victims in the photo resembled Brittney, but it was later determined that it was not her in the photo.
As of 2020, Brittney’s case remains open and unsolved. She is described as a Caucasian female with blonde hair (which was often pulled back into a ponytail) & blue eyes, weighing 45 pounds & has a height of 4’0.
She was last seen wearing a white tank top or t-shirt with a floral design on it, pink tie-dyed shorts and white sneakers with a pink design on the edges with shoelaces that had a red stripe down the center. She was missing four upper baby teeth at the time of her disappearance.