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Michelle Gardner-Quinn, UVM Student Missing … Search in Burlington, VT

Michelle Gardner-Quinn, a 21-year-old University of Vermont senior has been missing since Michelle Gardner-Quinn3Saturday. Michelle Gardner-Quinn was reported missing when  she failed to show for dinner with her parents. Police do not want to jump to conclusions but some think she may have been a victim of foul play.

She was last seen heading home from a night on the town, and college officials and fellow students alike worried she may have been a victim of foul play.

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Michelle Gardner-Quinn went out Friday with a group of friends to celebrate one’s 21st birthday at several downtown bars. She parted with the group about 2:15 a.m. to walk back up the hill toward campus, accompanied by a person her friends described as “a random guy.”

She hasn’t been seen since. Michelle Gardner-Quinn2


  • 5-foot-8 inches tall
  • 135 pounds
  • with shoulder-length brown hair
  • a pierced nose.
  • When last seen, she was wearing a gray coat, a green cardigan sweater and a light blue T-shirt.
  • Items listed that Michelle had , a gray Benetton pea coat with toggle clasps, jeans, a light-blue shirt, green button-up cardigan sweater and a black Puma purse with white straps.

Burlington Police Department Web site     Current details of case

The disappearance occurred during Parent’s Weekend.

“She’s out of place with no logical explanation for being out of place,” said police Detective Kim Edwards. “At this point we do not believe she left on her own free will.”

Police said there was concern Gardner-Quinn may have fallen prey to a man who tried to lure a woman into his car at about the same time she was last seen, about three-quarters of a mile away.


That woman told police the man — in his 20s, driving a white “Subaru-type” hatchback vehicle and wearing a baseball cap and gray hooded sweat shirt — asked her to get into the car and she refused, according to Police Chief Thomas Tremblay.

According to Tremblay, that happened about 20 minutes after Gardner-Quinn was last seen, but he said it was unclear if that was related and he conceded that investigators were struggling for leads. (WHDH 3)

Anyone with information was asked to call Burlington police at (802) 658-2700.

Search continues for missing U. Vermont student

BURLINGTON, Vt. –A 21-year-old University of Vermont student went missing during parents’ weekend in a disappearance police are calling “suspicious.” (Boston Globe)

Police search for missing Vt. student

“We have many detectives working on the case round the clock,” Edwards said. “We’re following a bunch of leads, following up to include or exclude people or vehicles.”

Police said earlier that they had spoken with the man Gardner-Quinn’s friends saw her leave with early Saturday and that he was not a suspect in her disappearance.

“She’s not the type of person who would just disappear,” said friend Tammy Lang. (Houston Chronicle)

Update from Burlington Police on Missing UVM Student, Oct. 9

IMPORTANT: You have information about the following vehicle — considered a vehicle of interest/a preliminary lead that may or may not be related to this case —

  • A white Subaru-type hatchback (WE WANT TO STRESS this may not be a Subaru model but a Subaru-type vehicle) with gold trim / a gold pinstripe. The license plate of this vehicle was likely a green Vermont tag and was bent up at the bottom


  • The male driver of this vehicle — who is described as a white male, in his 20’s, with short cropped light blonde hair, no facial hair but a days growth (5 o’clock shadow). He may be about 6 feet tall with a muscular build and one nostril may be slightly larger than the other. He was wearing a gray hoodie type sweatshirt and light colored baseball cap.


  • The operator of this vehicle spoke to a female on North Winooski Avenue near the Salvation Army at approximately 2:35 a.m. on Sunday morning and asked her to get into the vehicle.


  • The vehicle was last seen turning toward Intervale Avenue from North Winooski Avenue. (UVM News)


October 9th, 2006 at 09:21pm Posted by | abduction, Michelle Gardner-Quinn, Missing, Missing Adult, Missing College Student, Pictures | 17 comments

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  1. [...] Another college student has gone missing. This time its 21 year old Michelle Garner-Quinn who is a senior at the University of Vermont. She was last seen in the downtown area of Burlington, VT. Police believe her disappearance is suspicious. Please be on the lookout for Michelle. [...]

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  2. I wonder who the random guy is?

    Comment by Miss-Underestimated | October 10, 2006

  3. Please Michelle be alright!! You can’t trust people, that’s the way it is.
    You are one of our people- please don’t be gone. If we pray enough will you appear?

    Comment by Denise | October 10, 2006

  4. This reminds me of when laci Peterson was missing.
    I hope the police are not wasting all of their efforts looking for this mysterious white subaru which may or may not even exist, the woman could be lying to throw the police off or just to sound important. The answer is always closer to home than they think.

    Comment by Denise | October 10, 2006

  5. I somehow doubt the witness was lying about what car he had, especially in the interest of throwing off the police investigation. Basically, it’s take the witness’s word or have no trail to follow at all. They aren’t waisting their time on what they believe to be a valid lead to the case. Time is of the essence, especially in this situation. They can’t look for her if they don’t know where else to start. And what does this have to do with Laci Peterson?

    Comment by Kristen | October 12, 2006

  6. I have known Michelle for 4 years. Went to school with her, played soccer with her, and became bestfriends, I just want to let people know Michelle is a fighter…She’s still out there. Keep up hope.

    Comment by Megan | October 12, 2006

  7. My heartfelt prayers to friends of Michelle. I cannot explain to you how I have come across this information except that I see things. I am not pulling a hoax or trying to hurt anyone. I have been asked to help and that is what i am doing.

    The police need to look for a small green road sign that says “Dupont”. There will be woods to the right of this sign. Tracking thru the woods in a straight line there( go for a while,it is a ways…) They need to go down the rivine. Track to the left . Walk 100 yards, and look across, or by the time you get this, look in the water.

    The man they are looking for is from Mass. His first name is Daniel. I am working on understanding his last name.

    You are all in my prayers May God bless you and keep you in peace.

    Comment by jennifer pope | October 12, 2006

  8. [b]Body of Missing UVM Student Found[/b]

    Huntington, Vermont – October 13, 2006

    A sad ending to an exhaustive search. Channel 3 News has learned that police have found the body of Michelle Gardner-Quinn, the missing UVM student.

    Official sources tell us that her body was found Friday near the Huntington Gorge in Richmond. We are told it was not in the gorge, but along Dugway Road.

    No other details are known at this time.

    Michelle has been missing since early Saturday morning. She was seen walking with a man who has been called ‘cell phone man’. A man who loaned her his cell phone so she could call her friends. The police have not identified him, but Channel 3 News has learned he is 36-year old Brian Rooney who used to live in Richmond.

    There is still no word why dozens of police officers, including a forensic lab, spent the day at a house being rehabilitated on Spruce Street in Burlington. Police spent much of the last two days there. most of the day.

    Police have scheduled a press conference for 4:30 p.m. Friday.

    Comment by klaasend | October 13, 2006

  9. As a student of UVM, I’ve been greatly affected by this whole ordeal. I’m sure most people know by now that Michelle’s body was found a few hours ago in Richmond, VT. I’m engraged, hurt, and saddened by this and wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Michelle’s parents and brother and friends.

    Comment by Meghan | October 13, 2006

  10. It’s with a very sad heart that I (a former Burlington and Richmond Vt resident) let you all know that Michelle’s Body was found today.
    For more information, go to

    I am so saddened by this. I didn’t know her, but am in tears over her death.

    Many many prayers go to her family and friends.

    Comment by Bernadette | October 13, 2006

  11. when will our daughters learn that u cannot trust a stranger, God sometimes we cant even trust someone we know
    am i the only one mama taught…..dont talk to strangers??

    Comment by susan | October 13, 2006

  12. God bless Michelle-Rest in Peace. My prayers are with you and your family and friends

    Comment by Susan | October 13, 2006

  13. My thoughts and prayers are with Michelle’s family this morning.

    Comment by Stacey | October 14, 2006

  14. This is horrible, what is with people these days. Everytime you turn on the news there is another sad story. I first read about Michlle online yesterday (as I do not read the paper or watch tv) and then today I come online to find out they have found her body. Sorry goes out from me to her friends and family.

    Comment by Christine | October 14, 2006

  15. Nuestro mas sentido pesame y resignacion a toda la familia de Michelle en estos duros momentos. Siempre recordaremos a Michelle como una excelente estudiante preocupada por el medio ambiente.

    Comment by johnny bermudez Spanish teacher | October 16, 2006

  16. I do not know Michelle at all but feel so attached to her beauty. You can tell by her angelic face that she is so pure, sweet, loving, caring and in general just a beautiful person inside and out. I think is is a horrible shame that someone like this would have their life taken at such a wonderful time in her life and wonder why it couldn’t be someone like me who lives in constant physical pain who has had my best years. It angers me so much that I have not rested since she first went missing, and on a night she was having so much fun with new friends. God has his reasons, but that doesn’t mean we have to like them.
    My heart and soul go out to each and every one of you who know and love Michelle. To everyone who has ever been touched by this beautiful angels life. I pray that your hearts will mend quickly and be filled with wonderful memories of Michelle and acknowledge that you will be with her in a short time in a much better world. She is there, she is watching and she wants you to be happy. God Bless

    Comment by Susan | October 17, 2006

  17. My prayers go out to Michelles family. What a horrible tragedy. My husband worked with Brian Rooney over the last four months and said he would have never in a million years guessed he was a sick freak.I think my husband is a little upset with himself for not seeing Brian for who he really is. It gives me the creeps this guy has been in my house before. There has been many sleepless nights in my household and many tears shed for Michelle. May she rest in peace.

    Comment by Kathy | October 23, 2006

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