The Trail Went Cold – Episode 12 – The Millbrook Twins

March 18, 1990. Augusta, Georgia. Fifteen-year old twin sisters, Jeannette and Dannette Millbrook, are heading back to their family’s apartment when they decide to stop off at a gas station to buy some food. After leaving the store, the twins never return home and vanish without a trace. Over the next two decades, the twins’ family would be trapped in a trapped in bureaucratic nightmare, as law enforcement would inexplicably close the case without informing them. The disappearance would not receive a proper investigation or any media coverage for 23 years! This week’s episode of The Trail Went Cold is our most important one yet, as we were personally contacted by Jeannette and Dannette’s half-sister, Shanta Sturgis, who asked us to cover their story.

Please check out the Charley Project profile pages for Jeannette and Dannette Millbrook, which contain their vital statistics, age-progressed photographs, and contact info for the proper authorities should you happen to have any information:

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/m/millbrook_jeannette.html

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/m/millbrook_dannette.html

Also, click here to hear an interview with Shanta Sturgis on an episode about this case from the true crime podcast, “Thin Air.”

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

8 thoughts on “The Trail Went Cold – Episode 12 – The Millbrook Twins

  • Detective Shipp has told to many lies. I feel as if he knows more than he saying or has reported the UNTOLD TRUTH in his lil black book. HE TOLD ME HE CLOSES THE CASE CAUSE HE HAD FOUND THEM SO HE CLOSED THEIR CASE, OK IF THATS SO TRUE THEN WHERE ARE MY 2 COUSINS?/?/?/ HE CLAIM HE SEEN THEM BEFORE HE DECIDED TO CLOSE THIEIR CASE, AGAIN WHERE ARE THEY, 2ND QUESTION ALTHO I HAVE PLENTY AND MANY ONE STANDS OUT WHY DID HE TURN THEIR CASE OVER TO: JOHN WESTBROOK AN JUVENILE CASEWORKER?\\?\? 3 WORDS ,,, A” XXX “SHAME

  • Someone must have won over the twins’ trust and taken advantage of it by killing them. Maybe the killer had acquaintances or friends in that police department. Or maybe the killer was or is an officer.

  • I’m not sure the social security activity is relevant. I don’t know anyone who memorized their social security number before having to fill out DMV, bank, or college forms.
    This sheriff sounds like a child abductor himself. Those are things the ones they catch say when interviewed from jail. Just saying, has anyone checked his basement!?

    • Well, there are people out there- I am one of them, I have had it (SS#) memorized since I was 3, the same time my Mother had me memorize my phone number, address, grandparents address and phone number and my parents vehicles license plate numbers and their birthday’s as well as where they worked and my Fathers work phone number she’d make up songs so I could remember. My neighbor Heidi Pederson was abducted and murdered in 1974 she was four I was three, this was enough for my Mother to go over the edge. It was a bonus I always wore an ID Bracelet that had this info on it too. I still have it, I wear it when I ride my bike just to be safe. If there are parents reading this I am 45 and still have all that info memorized it’s a good thing to do for children more parents should. There was a little girl who’s parents were murdered by an insane man who then killed himself after he broke into the child’s home, she knew that info too, when she dialed 911 her dog’s name was Liza and she had two cats, her description of the scene and scenario down to the make and model of her parents vehicle was crazy. If more kids new stuff like this it probably would save more lives. These poor twins, I feel so badly but at least they were together, I think it was a friend that went to give them a ride home and well, not a friend at all. I hope at least their remains are found some day.

  • Hey Robin! Love the show… it’s my favorite podcast (and I listen to a lot!)

    This is such a heartbreaking and angering case. I beleive the lead detective either made these girls disappear or knows what happened and was protecting someone he knew. I hope the family is able to get closure over the loss of these precious girls.

    I was wondering if you would also cover the very, very, odd disappearance of Asha Degree? She was also an African American girl who has been missing for close to 20 years.

  • The sheriff’s initial dismissal of the girls doesn’t seem to me to be “creepy,” which I think is the word you used, as much as just racist as fuck. The things he said about one being pregnant, etc. are all racist stereotypes and I can easily picture this guy so deeply not caring about the lives of two human beings just because of their skin tone that he would mock the family to their faces instead of helping for a single second. I think the girls being listed as “taken from the mother” in their file is a similar result of this attitude. I think that framing his actions as “creepy” or even “suspicious” does the girls (and POC in general) a great disservice. IMO, the police misconduct here is not active, as in the Michael Rosenblum episode, which was awesome [thank you]), but incredibly, criminally, completely fucking passive. Very different.

    • I only used the word “suspicious” to describe the removal of the girls’ profiles from the NCMEC database, which doesn’t strike me as a passive action. Your assessment of the sheriff and the investigation in general is probably correct, but the fact that someone actively decided to delete those profiles still bothers me.

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