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A Philadelphia Public Bus Driver Vanished One Day After Work

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Brenwanda SmithThe Charley Project

Brenwanda Smith graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended business school and was a bus driver at SEPTA, the public transit system. 24-year-old Brenwanda worked overtime to save the money to move from Philadelphia to Cheltenham, Pennsylvania.

On February 18, 1997, Brenwanda arrived at work at 4:00 am. She was involved in a minor traffic accident around noon and returned to the bus depot to complete a report. She completed her shift at 1:30 pm. Brenda did not own a car and would ride the bus. Her father or one of her co-workers would often give her a ride, but when a co-worker spotted her near the Luzerne depot at Old York Road and Luzerne Avenue around 7:00 pm and offered her a ride, Brenwanda said she already had a ride coming, the Charley Project reports.

Brenwanda never arrived at her apartment. She has never been seen or heard from again.

Investigators discovered a SEPTA employee had recently asked Brenwanda out on a date, and she rejected the man. His name was Juan Covington, a diagnosed schizophrenic who Brenwanda had an argument with shortly before she disappeared. In 2005, Juan admitted to shooting five people, killing three of the victims, and he was sentenced to three life terms in prison. Although he admitted to the shootings, he continued to deny any involvement in the disappearance of Brenwanda Smith, and investigators never discovered any evidence of his involvement in her case.

Brenwanda Smith is 5'9" and weighed 135-150 pounds when she vanished.

If you have any information, please contact the Cheltenham Police Department at 215-885-1600.
Brenwanda SmithThe Charley Project

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