Judith Olexa has not talked to her 17 year-old daughter Brittany Rector since the early morning hours of September 30. On that day or shortly after, is when authorities believe she met up with her boyfriend, Kenneth Grauman, 32, and Greg Bradshaw, 23, who had escaped from a Lake County re-entry facility the night before. Also joining them, Bradshaw’s 29 year-old girlfriend Laura Grauman. The four lead police on a wild chase from Michigan to Indiana and it finally ended Thursday night in Canon City, Colorado.
Olexa was at her youngest daughter’s volleyball game when she got the message. She said she felt ecstatic and sick at the same time; Brittany was safe but still in trouble with the law.
Brittany is considered a minor in Colorado, so she was taken to Spring Creek Juvenile Detention Facility, however, Judith found it odd that her daughter never placed a phone call.
Friday, she learned there was some miscommunication about Brittany’s family wanting to hear from her. Judith was quick to point out to the person on the other end of the phone line that was never the case. A facility spokesperson said that Brittany could not talk because she was in class. The girls are required to go to school and attend gym class. Judith was assured that Brittany would be calling her back Friday, but that call had not been made by the time FOX 17 left Olexa’s home.
Learning that many of the fugitives had cut their hair, one big motherly question weighed on Judith’s mind: Did Brittany chop her beautiful long hair? The person at the facility had yet to meet Brittany but told Judith she would run to the classroom to check and call her back.
Moments later, the phone rang; it was the facility. It appeared Brittany had cut her long hair to her shoulders and put blonde streaks in it. The worker said the teen was brought to tears knowing that her mom was asking about her.
Brittany’s court date is scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. and it’s crucial that a parent/guardian be in Colorado. Judith is worried about finances to get there, but a family friend is stepping in to help. Brittany’s 18th birthday is also in a couple of weeks, which could change a lot.
Overall, Judith just wants her baby girl home and for this to be behind them.