Search still on for woman last seen April 7

  • The mother of Caroline “Morgan” Bren, a 34-year-old woman who disappeared on April 7, is making a second appeal for the public’s help in finding her daughter. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • The mother of Caroline “Morgan” Bren, a 34-year-old woman who disappeared on April 7, is making a second appeal for the public’s help in finding her daughter. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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  • The mother of Caroline “Morgan” Bren, a 34-year-old woman who disappeared on April 7, is making a second appeal for the public’s help in finding her daughter. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 5/4/2020 10:09:46 PM

COLRAIN — The mother of a 34-year-old woman who went missing while self-quarantining is making a second appeal for the public’s help after learning her daughter searched the French King Bridge on the internet the day she disappeared.

Caroline “Morgan” Bren has a history of mental health issues and is suicidal, according to her mother, Kate Kerivan. Bren was last seen with a duffel bag on Route 2 in Shelburne walking toward Greenfield at roughly 5 p.m. on April 7, Kerivan said.

Bren is described as standing 6-foot-2, weighing 130 pounds and having short brown hair, brown eyes and a lip piercing. She is probably wearing a black shirt, jeans with a silver belt buckle and black combat boots in size 13. She also was carrying a backpack with an iPad in it, Kerivan said.

Bren, who Kerivan said was born biologically male, attended college in Amherst and Vermont, and went by the name Kyle Strimbeck.

Bren had recently returned to western Massachusetts after living in Philadelphia for several years. Her reported plan was to self-quarantine with a friend in Colrain for two weeks before moving in with her mother in Ashfield. Kerivan said Bren’s girlfriend in Philadelphia gained access to Bren’s Google account and learned she had researched the French King Bridge, which connects the towns of Gill and Erving and is a well-known site for suicide.

“It doesn’t sound like we’re going to find her alive,” Kerivan said Monday, adding that the Massachusetts State Police have flown the area in helicopters but have found nothing. She said State Police will use a boat to further search the area once the Connecticut River’s flow decreases.

Gill Police Sgt. Jason Bassett said there are six cameras at the French King Bridge, and they take individual photographs in a rotation that lasts two to three minutes. But Kerivan said her daughter was not seen in photos taken between April 7 and April 10.

Anyone who sees Bren or has information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Colrain Police Department via the Shelburne Control dispatch center at 413-625-8200. Additionally, Kerivan can be reached at home at 413-628-3339 or on her cellphone at 413-270-6171.


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