Reno residents turned out in droves to search hill sides, canyons, river banks and any other remote places that could have possibly provided cover for a discarded body. Posters were given out. People went door to door in search of any information about Brianna that could be gleaned from the area. Huge bill boards went up seemingly overnight to broadcast her disappearance and where and who to contact with any information. Every possible law enforcement agency conceivable has been enlisted to help in the search for Brianna. Businesses put up information at their check out counters asking for information about Brianna. Every possible form of media has been involved in a very thorough way to join the hunt for Brianna. Over $150,000 has been collected to pay for the cost of processing DNA samples that might very well lead to the discovery of the criminal who performed this murder. No rock has seemingly been left uncovered in the search for the scum bag who did this horrible deed.
People from outside the area have traveled to Reno to assist in the search and offer their expertise in the search for her return. The University of Nevada has stepped up their escort service that is offered to their students at all hours of the day.
Women of the area have become increasingly aware of their individual safety and have taken measures to ensure their continued safe conduct around our area. It is unfortunate that anyone has to be concerned for their safety, but that seems to be a sign of our times, unfortunately. The good news is that various organizations have coalesced together to offer more safety to certain individuals at all times.
Tragically, Brianna’s body was discovered in a shrubby field in south Reno on Friday, but the quest for justice continues on the part of those same people who were involved in the search originally. They are being asked to remove the posters with Brianna’s likeness and replace them with a blue ribbon, Brianna’s favorite color, as a memorial to her and a reminder of the senseless crime that took her from us.
I would like to compliment all those people and organizations for their tremendous effort and outpouring of concern for Brianna and her family in this horrendous situation. The infrastructure of the search process that was seemingly thrown together almost overnight by a group of strictly volunteer workers is absolutely amazing. Their contributions, no matter how small, have shown a degree of unity that is really what this great country of ours is all about. It is truly horrible that this unity of actions has had to come out at a time like this to show for all people that we are a United States of America.