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Suspect Brian Rooney in Murdered Michelle Gardner-Quinn case Due in Court on Separate Sex Charge

Brian Rooney, a suspect in the disappearance and murder of UVM senior Michelle Gargner-Quinn will be in court today for a separate sex offense. This sexual offense charge dates back to 1998 and revolves around a sexual assault on a minor. One question that immediately comes to the forefront is why only now is Brian Rooney being arraigned on the 1998 sex offense charge against a minor? Looking back on events, maybe our society might have been a little more safer if Brian Rooney had either been in jail or had to have registered as a sex offender.

Brian Rooney

(Suspect: Brian Rooney)

Authorities may want to explain why Brian Rooney was allowed to walk among us when he was considered a danger. They just forgot about him. How many times will these things happen when a sex offender is only deemed a danger after they kill? Who does not think that the “sexual assault on, and lewd and lascivious conduct with, a minor” was just not a precursor of offenses to come?

Thirty-six-year-old Brian Rooney was the last person seen with 21-year-old Michelle Gardner-Quinn before she disappeared on October seventh. Surveillance camera footage from a jewelry store shows them walking down a Burlington street. Gardner-Quinn was found dead in a ravine on October 13th.

Rooney is scheduled to be arraigned in St. Johnsbury on charges of sexual assault on a minor. He also is charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor. (Fox 21)

Brian Rooney, 36, will be arraigned today from an incident from Essex County, VT where he was charged with a sexual assault on, and lewd and lascivious conduct with, a minor.

Both charges, stemming from a 1988 incident in Essex County, were brought as a result of information that came to light as cops probed him about Michelle Gardner-Quinn’s disappearance. (NY Post)

The police continue to pursue leads that point to Brian Rooney being the primary suspect in the murder of Michelle Gardner-Quinn. Rooney was the last person seen with Michelle the last night she was seen alive. Garner-Quinn also used Rooney’s cell phone the night she disappeared.

Burlington Police continue to build a case against Brian Rooney in the homicide investigation of 21-year old Michelle Gardner Quinn. A call that the victim made on Rooney’s cell phone led police to the 36-year old construction worker. Rooney was the last person seen with Gardner-Quinn before she disappeared early Saturday morning a week ago. When hikers discovered her body at Huntington Gorge yesterday, police made the arrest, and as Burlington police chief Tom Tremblay phrased it, now it’s as if a whole new investigation has started. Police on Saturday said they are in no position to release any information of significance. They still need the public’s help. (WCAX)

Brian Rooney has been a “person of interest” and suspect from the outset, closely being watched by authorities.

 … but investigators still need to know more about the hours right after he was caught on a security camera, walking up Main Street with the victim shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning. “Our investigation continues to focus on Brian Rooney’s actions and whereabouts during the time period from Saturday, October 7th at 2:30 a.m. to mid-morning Monday, October 9th. We are also interested in information regarding the red Jeep Grand Cherokee,” said Stubbing.

Police impounded the Jeep they say Rooney drove, but they say there is no evidence that would indicate the victim was ever in it. Still, police want to know where the vehicle was during the week. They also want to know where Rooney was.


October 16th, 2006 at 10:50am Posted by | Brian Rooney, Found Deceased, Missing College Student, Pictures, sex offender | 5 comments

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  2. Hey. I just found out that the suspect has a brother named Ricki and it is my understanding that he said that his father left the family leaving his mother to raise six children. That is exactly the way that I read him.

    I don’t want to jinx myself but I am almost willing to bet that it was he who told the older brother how to dispose of Michelle as I am not sure that she was dead when she was thrown down the embankment.

    That part, we will only know upon autopsy… okay?

    Comment by Patti | October 19, 2006

  3. I had to go with my family on an outing. I am sorry that I was so short with you earlier.

    I know that all this must be hard for you, but in reality and in many ways you have been blessed with a quick answer.
    It’s very unfortunate what happened, but finding her perpetrator and getting justice for Michelle is all we could want and all we can do for her now… please be strong and don’t fret. I know it’s hard for you to believe
    now; but, one day everything will be okay.

    Hold Michelle close to your heart, she will always be there.

    These things have to be done and it is never easy. No one will ever be hurt by this man again, I promice. And it is so important for you to know the truth so you can put this behind you one day. Okay? Be strong; you’re almost to the point where you can walk away from this, and have time to really conteplate, without any more questions.

    If I could, I would take this all away. Anybody would if they could, for we can see how much this has hurt you. But only you can do that, and we are trying to give you every-thing you need to heal.

    Our prayers are with you.

    Comment by Patti | October 19, 2006

  4. I just read the paper. There is an article dated
    October 21,2006 in the Burlington Free Press that
    reveals the statements made by Rikki. You need to
    read it. You can find it by doing a word search on
    the web under “Rikki Rooney”

    I just hope the truth comes out… I think it will.

    Be strong.

    Comment by Patti | October 21, 2006

  5. Men… what a strange creature. How many boys or men,
    for that matter, will openly admit that they were
    sexually assulted by another man??????

    Not many.

    The police need to look into the disappearance of
    Nathan Currie. Is it possible that Mr. Rooney was
    around the area when Nathan went missing?

    They also need to look into the disappearance of
    William “Mike” Hogan. Is it possible that Mr.
    Rooney was working in the same area when Mike
    went missing?

    The other two are John Mc Allister and Elwyn “Randy”

    Also keep the pressure on Rikki. I am sure that he will
    talk. And please, check Mr. Rooney’s phone records; I
    am sure that you will find that he placed a call to his
    brother during the time that Michelle was missing.

    This man is a predator.

    God Bless You.

    Comment by Patti | October 23, 2006

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