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Family of Brian Sullivan continues to seek closure after nearly 17 years

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CHILI, N.Y. (WROC) — It’s been nearly 17 years since Brian Sullivan went missing. The Chili man was just 19 at the time of his disappearance. To this day, Sullivan’s family is still searching for closure.

Law enforcement, as well as the family, remain focused on finding Sullivan’s remains. What started as a missing persons investigation in 2007, quickly evolved into a homicide case.

To help provide answers, investigators say someone still needs to come forward.

“It’s time for those that do know to give us some peace,” said Barbara Sullivan, Brian’s mother, “We want to bring all of Brian home. Not just bits and pieces. There’s a family that knows. And they should do the right thing,” she said.

The family Sullivan references is connected to the lead suspect, Derrick Murray, who died of natural causes in 2016.

Philip Trubia is an investigator with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and has been involved with the case for over a decade.

“There have been lots of conversations with confidential informants pointed in the direction of Derrick Murray as being the person involved. As far as surveillance, it was clear it was Derrick Murray,” said Trubia.

Trubia says Murray’s family won’t reveal anything to investigators, but says it is clear they have information.

“They already know who killed him. Just come forward with where his body is, so we can help the Sullivan family,” said Trubia, “If they were to come forward, with their full name and everything, they cannot be charged and cannot be criminally prosecuted for anything involving his death. We just want to know where Brian’s remains are so the family can have closure.”

Through the years, the Sullivan family has worked continuously to keep their son’s name public with the hopes that one day they will have closure.

“What would he be doing now? You know, we just wonder, and we’ve been robbed of that. Of course, I’d like to see somebody held accountable, but it’s unfortunately not going to happen,” said Sullivan.

The family is still offering a reward for information that could lead to the whereabouts of Sullivan’s remains. Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 585-753-4900.

​ CHILI, N.Y. (WROC) — It’s been nearly 17 years since Brian Sullivan went missing. The Chili man was just 19 at the time of his disappearance. To this day, Sullivan’s family is still searching for closure.

Law enforcement, as well as the family, remain focused on finding Sullivan’s remains. What started as a missing persons investigation in 2007, quickly evolved into a homicide case.

To help provide answers, investigators say someone still needs to come forward.

“It’s time for those that do know to give us some peace,” said Barbara Sullivan, Brian’s mother, “We want to bring all of Brian home. Not just bits and pieces. There’s a family that knows. And they should do the right thing,” she said.

The family Sullivan references is connected to the lead suspect, Derrick Murray, who died of natural causes in 2016.

Philip Trubia is an investigator with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and has been involved with the case for over a decade.

“There have been lots of conversations with confidential informants pointed in the direction of Derrick Murray as being the person involved. As far as surveillance, it was clear it was Derrick Murray,” said Trubia.

Trubia says Murray’s family won’t reveal anything to investigators, but says it is clear they have information.

“They already know who killed him. Just come forward with where his body is, so we can help the Sullivan family,” said Trubia, “If they were to come forward, with their full name and everything, they cannot be charged and cannot be criminally prosecuted for anything involving his death. We just want to know where Brian’s remains are so the family can have closure.”

Through the years, the Sullivan family has worked continuously to keep their son’s name public with the hopes that one day they will have closure.

“What would he be doing now? You know, we just wonder, and we’ve been robbed of that. Of course, I’d like to see somebody held accountable, but it’s unfortunately not going to happen,” said Sullivan.

The family is still offering a reward for information that could lead to the whereabouts of Sullivan’s remains. Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 585-753-4900. Read More NewsRochesterFirst  

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