Police believe a woman from Rockland who has been missing for 6 months has died, but a search with Massachusetts State Police aims to end her family


Rockland Police believe a woman who has been missing for six months has died, but amid an ongoing search for the woman, officials said they wanted to end her family.

Brittney McCormack, 27, has struggled with drug addiction in the past, said Rockland Police Chief John Llewellyn. Although she has been missing several times in recent years, police have been able to obtain counseling and support from McCormack. But she has not been seen by her family since midsummer.

“We want to shut down the family,” Llewellyn said. The ministry reported it to the National System for Missing and Unidentified Persons, or NamUs, and put up posters asking for information.

In the past 10 days, police have learned from an anonymous source via a third party that McCormack may be dead and his remains may be found in the wooded area near Center Avenue behind a car wash.

Rockland and Hanover Police searched the area on Wednesday with the assistance of Massachusetts State Police, including the agency’s corpse dogs, the search and rescue team and a of its helicopters.

Police have not located McCormack, possibly due to conditions in the forest and the length of his disappearance, Llewellyn said.

“It has become difficult now because if she passed away and died there or was placed there during the summer, now all the leaves have fallen and there are animals in the area,” he said. he declares. The police may have to return to the woods in the spring to find her.

McCormack lived in Brockton and Hanover, Llewellyn said. But she also traveled often to Rockland, Abington and Hull.

A publication on the social networks of the Hanover Police Department in September, described McCormack as 5ft 3in tall with blonde hair and brown eyes. The department had worked with the State Police’s High Risk Victims Unit and investigators assigned to the Plymouth County Prosecutor’s Office to locate her.

Llewellyn said police will continue to interview McCormack’s friends in an attempt to gather more information.

In such cases, investigations are sometimes hampered by the lack of a national database of missing persons.

“There is no one resource that everyone can go to,” said Scott Duncan, assistant professor at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, whose thesis, “Assessing the accuracy of data on missing persons cases, responded to this concern.

Massachusetts also does not have a designated database for information on missing persons. But the state’s Missing Persons Task Force found that investigations could be made easier if police were required to share data on missing persons with the NamUs.

“NamUs is the most comprehensive source but does not include all Massachusetts cases,” the US Department of Justice told MassLive. “Entering cases in NamUs is voluntary. “

In Massachusetts, when used, NamUs has assisted in 49 missing person cases and 58 unidentified person cases.

Only about 6% of Massachusetts cases entered the database. In the National Crime Information Center’s database used by police, only about 4% of cases of unidentified people in the state are listed.

“To have exact and precise information implemented in these databases”, noted the working group on missing persons. ” [is] essential for resolving cases of missing and unidentified persons in the state.

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