Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Murder of Brianna Denison

Interview with a Girlfriend

On November 12, 2008, Detectives Jenkins and Wygnanski met with Biela's girlfriend. During the interview, she said that she had been involved with Biela for the previous six years and confirmed that they'd had a child together, who was 4. However, although they had been living together, the girlfriend could not account for Biela's whereabouts during the early morning hours of December 16, 2007, or on January 20, 2008. She said that their relationship had been tumultuous at times, and that it had not been uncommon for Biela to leave their residence for days at a time during the timeframe in which the detectives were interested. She said that he claimed that he had been sleeping in his vehicle during the absences.

Between March and September 2008, she said, Biela had left the Reno area to work as a pipefitter in the State of Washington and sold his Toyota Tacoma pickup, replacing it with another vehicle. When Biela had decided to move back to the Reno area, his girlfriend recounted, she had traveled to Washington to help him make the move. While with him there, she said, she had discovered petite women's thong panties inside his vehicle. When she confronted him about them, he told her he had stolen them from a woman at a laundromat in Washington.

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