ADDISON, VT - Former Sparta resident and former mayor, Brian Brady, 57, has been reported missing according to the Vermont State Police. The Vermont State Police scuba team, with assistance from the New York State Police and Essex County, New York Sheriff's Office, searched Lake Champlain after a car rented by Brady was found empty near the Champlain Bridge in Addison, Vermont on Friday, May 31, according to authorities.
Responding to a request made by family members for a welfare check of Brady's condo at Smuggler's Notch Resort on Thursday, May 30 around 3:18 p.m. Vermont State Troopers found the property empty. Police did not comment on the condition of the condo.
On Friday, May 31, the car Brady rented on May 22 in New Jersey was found in a park and ride lot about a quarter of a mile from the Champlain Bridge according to police.
Brady had last been reported to be somewhere between Crown Point, New York and Addison, Vermont where the rental car was found, according to Vermont State Police.
The search in Lake Champlain continued throughout the day on Saturday, June 1 until 5 p.m. Without having recovered any remains, the search was suspended and no further police activities were scheduled on the lake, according to Vermont State Police.
The investigation into Brady’s disappearance continues, police said.
Brady has reportedly been living in Ringwood, New Jersey.The Vermont State Police have been in touch with local authorities in Ringwood, according to Adam Silverman, Public Information Officer for the Vermont State Police.
According to court documents, in a 2014 trial before a Superior Court Judge, Brady was acquitted of seven of the nine counts on which he was indicted for official misconduct, pattern of official misconduct, theft by deception and tampering with pubic information during his time as Captain of Human Services for New Jersey State Troopers. The judge later downgraded the second degree convictions to third degree offenses and imposed one year of unsupervised probation along with mandatory fines.
According to a Vermont Missing Persons Flyer posted on Vermont Intelligence Center facebook page, published on May 30 at 9 p.m. Brady is described as a white male, 6’ 1” tall weighing 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. They do not have a description of the clothing he was wearing when he disappeared. The flyer says he is believed to be on foot and "foul play is not suspected at this time; however, there are concerns for Brian's welfare."
Anyone with information about Brady's whereabouts is asked to call the Vermont State Police Williston Barracks at 802-878-7111.