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#1 Lori Davis

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 04:13 PM

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Hattie Gertrude Brown

State and local police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Halifax County woman who was last seen Saturday, May 16, 2009. The search for Hattie Gertrude Brown, 48, was initiated after a family member contacted Virginia State Police Wednesday night, May 20, 2009. Since then the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department and Virginia State Police have been trying to locate the missing woman.

Brown was last seen at the Sheetz gas station at the intersection of Route 501 and Route 58 just outside South Boston. A video camera captured the woman and her vehicle, a 2003 silver Volkswagon Jetta, at the gas station at approximately 2:33 a.m. Saturday. Neither she nor her car has been seen since that time.
Brown is a black female with brown eyes and black, shoulder-length hair. She is approximately 5 feet 4 inches, 155 pounds, and was last seen wearing a sleeveless top and pants with side stripes. The investigation into her disappearance also indicates that she left her residence without her purse or critical medication.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Brown and/or her vehicle, is asked to contact the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division, if in Virginia toll-free at 1-800-552-0962, or at (434) 352-7128. Virginia State Police can also be contacted by email at Troy.LaRue@vsp.virginia.gov. To contact the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office or South Boston Police Department with information on this case, please call (434) 476-3334.

Police say they have reason to believe that this missing Halifax Co. woman may have headed west towards Pittsylvania and Henry counties.

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 04:48 PM

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Sister of missing Halifax County woman issues plea for answers
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Hattie Brown was last seen at the Sheetz on Routes 501 and 58 in South Boston around 2:30 a.m. May 16th.
 
Hattie's sister, Diane Brown does not believe her sister ran away.
 
It's been more than two weeks since anyone has seen Hattie Brown.

The Halifax County woman hasn't spoken to family or friends since May 16th.

Brown's sister, Diane Brown, says she was very close with her sibling.  The two live within miles of one another and speak by phone every other day.  When she didn't hear from her sister for nearly a week, she knew it was time to get police involved.

Diane does not believe her sister ran away, because she had plans to pick up a gift in Danville the next day.  She says her sister was not known for deviating from scheduled events.

Family members initially thought Hattie might be with friends in the Richmond area, but a phone call from those acquaintances confirmed she was not in the capital city.

Hattie was last seen at the Sheetz on Routes 501 and 58 in South Boston around 2:30 a.m. May 16th.  She was with her adult nephew, who made it home later that night.

"Because he was the last person to be seen with her, he is certainly someone involved in this investigation," says Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney Kim Slayton White.  White is not releasing the nephew's name.

Diane Brown works in law enforcement, so she knows the bad things that could have happened to her sister.

"I'm just trying to think positive that she'll return home safe," says Brown.  She is taking comfort in her sister's military background, calling her sister a "very tough girl."  Tough or not, she knows the more time passes, the harder finding Hattie will be.

"This is very hard for the family," says Brown.  "It's very stressful."

Investigators are looking for Hattie Brown's car.  It's a silver, 2003 Volkswagon Jetta with Virginia license plate DV 20505.  The "DV" stands for disabled veteran, a specialty plate that Brown had purchased.

Investigators say Brown's car could be anywhere, so they're not limiting their search to Halifax County.

Diane Brown is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to Hattie's safe return.  If you find Hattie's vehicle, call 911 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-552-0962.  State Police can be reached locally in Halifax County at (434) 352-7128.  You can also contact the Halifax County Sheriff's Office at (434) 476-3334.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 02:39 PM

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Reward offered for return of missing Halifax Co. woman
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Published: June 1, 2009

Police continue to search for a missing Halifax County woman.  And now, the family of 48-year-old Hattie Brown is offering a $2,500 reward for her safe return.

State police tell us Brown was last seen Saturday, May 16 at the Sheetz gas station on Route 501 and Route 58 just outside of South Boston in Halifax County.  A surveillance camera shows Brown and her 2003 silver Volkswagen Jetta at the gas station around 2:33 a.m.  Police now say her nephew was at the gas station with her.

State Police, South Boston Police, and the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office are encouraging people to be on the lookout for Brown’s car, especially anyone with property in Halifax, Pittsylvania, or Henry counties.  Investigators believe the car may have been abandoned in one of those counties.  The VW Jetta has a speciality Virginia license plate for disabled veterans and the number DV 20505.

Police say Brown left her home without her purse or medication.

If you have information that could help, call the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division in Virginia toll-free at 1-800-552-0962 or at (434) 352-7128.

You can also contact the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office or South Boston Police at (434) 476-3334.

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 02:33 PM

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Search for missing Halifax County woman goes nationwide
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UPDATED: Wednesday, June 10 @ 4:40 p.m.

There is now a nationwide search for 48-year-old Hattie Gertrude Brown of Halifax County.  Brown was last seen on Saturday, May 16 at a Sheetz gas station at the intersection of Route 501 and Route 58, just outside South Boston in Halifax County. 

"We are exhausting all leads and avenues in hopes of locating Ms. Brown," said Special Agent Troy LaRue of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office. "We appreciate those who have contacted us and our local law-enforcement partners with tips. Sadly though, we have not been able to locate Ms. Brown or her vehicle, so we are still encouraging area residents to call in or email us with information."

Brown's family is still offering a $2,500 reward for her safe return. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division, if in Virginia toll-free at 1-800-552-0962, or at (434) 352-7128. Virginia State Police can also be contacted by email at Troy.LaRue@vsp.virginia.gov. To contact the Halifax County Sheriff's Office or South Boston Police Department with information on this case, please call (434) 476-3334.


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Posted 17 July 2009 - 12:32 PM

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Missing County Woman’s Car Found
Burned VW Jetta Located On Farm Near Virginia

07/17/2009

A tearful Diane Brown gazed Wednesday afternoon at the charred remains of a car that law enforcement officials have identified as the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta that belonged to her sister.

Hattie Gertrude Brown, 48, has not been seen since the early morning hours of Saturday, May 16.

“It’s a lot worse than I expected,” Brown said after examining the burned hulk of the car. “It’s awful, it’s just heartbreaking!”

There had been no trace of the missing woman or her car until Tuesday when a farmer cutting hay discovered the charred remains of the Volkswagen Jetta on farmland near Virgilina.
The man, who asked not to be identified, was working on his property in the southeastern corner of Halifax County Tuesday when he came upon an abandoned vehicle behind an old barn. The vehicle had been completely destroyed by fire.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 02:06 PM

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Nephew Considered Suspect in Woman's Disappearance
07/27/09 1:17 pm 
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Halifax Co., VA - Police are now calling the nephew of a missing woman a suspect in her disappearance.
Derek Edward Brown was the last person seen with Hattie Brown. Hattie has been missing since mid May. She was last seen outside the Sheetz gas station near South Boston with her nephew.

Police say the reward for the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in Brown's disappearance is now $10,000.

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 08:04 AM

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Social media drive interest in missing-person cases
By Mark Bowes
Published: November 15, 2009 

The cases of Morgan Dana Harrington (left) and Theresa Marie Meadows illustrate how attention given to cases of missing teens can vary greatly.

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The disappearance of Mechanicsville teenager Theresa Marie Meadows languished in relative obscurity from the time she vanished in September 2004 -- until she was located alive last week in South Carolina.

On the flip side, the case of missing 20-year-old Virginia Tech student Morgan Dana Harrington has received intense state and national attention since she disappeared Oct. 17 after a Metallica concert in Charlottesville. A three-day search last weekend involved more than 500 volunteers.

The attention such cases generate can vary greatly, as thousands of people are reported missing every year in Virginia. They depend largely, authorities say, on the circumstances of the disappearance, a family's resources and willingness to become involved, the public's curiosity and interest by the news media, which tends to favor some cases over others.

But authorities point to another emerging factor they believe has played a significant role in the Harrington case: the public's use of social-networking media.

"Never before have you been able to get information out via Facebook pages and forums and blogs and Tweets, with the capabilities of the public to get more involved in a case by being able to post their thoughts, suggestions, opinions and insights," said Corinne Geller, public-relations manager for the state police, which is the lead investigative agency in the Harrington case.

Geller believes that interest in the Harrington case has been driven in large part by the public through social networking.

"Five years ago, people didn't have that medium to access," she said. "More people can learn about [a case] through the viral networking -- somebody sends a link, somebody sends an e-mail to five of their friends and those five send it to another five. People have so much more access to get involved in a case than say maybe [they did] three to five years ago."

Geller noted how some people responding to the Harrington case provided police with cell-phone videos of the concert she attended.

Contrary to appearances, state police have not dedicated any more investigative resources or attention to Harrington's disappearance "than we have any other case," Geller said.

. . .

This year, state police alerted media outlets across the state about 48-year-old Halifax County resident Hattie Gertrude Brown, who disappeared May 16 after she was last seen at a service station just outside South Boston. Her burned 2003 Volkswagen Jetta turned up nearly two months later behind a barn near Virgilina.

State and local police in Virginia and North Carolina intensely followed leads and conducted ground and air searches for two weeks, but the case generated limited media attention and public interest waned. Recently, Brown's family members declined to talk about the case after a state police agent forwarded a request by a reporter.

In the Harrington case, "the family has made themselves very available to the media, and that's part of their passion and dedication," Geller noted. "The more they can keep [their daughter's disappearance] out there, the more interest the public will take in the case and hopefully continue to come forward with leads."

The family has even established a Web site that includes information updates, news releases, downloads, photos and television news clips about the case.

"Unfortunately, not everybody has those same resources," Geller said.

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State and local police take reports on thousands of missing children and adults each year.

Just in the metro area, more than 1,400 juveniles and adults were reported missing last year in Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico.

Statewide, thousands of missing young people under the age of 21 are added yearly to Virginia's Missing Children Clearinghouse, a list maintained by Virginia State Police under state law. Of the 493 people on the list last Friday, 405 were reported missing in 2009.

"They change daily," noted Lt. William J. Reed Jr., assistant commander of the Virginia State Police Criminal Justice Services Division. The majority of missing youngsters are soon located or turn up on their own, Reed said.

A total of 13,539 children were reported missing across the state in 2008; of those, 13,488 had been located as of Friday, Reed said. As a public service, state police on their Web site display separate lists of children and adults who have been missing long term, in some cases for decades. The two lists, which include case narratives and photos, currently show 67 missing children and 31 missing adults -- 11 from the Richmond area. Meadows had been on the list until she was found last week.

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Typically, when police confirm that a person is missing, that individual is immediately entered into the Virginia Criminal Information Network and the National Criminal Information Network, electronic data networks that provide computerized links to state and national law-enforcement systems.

"We want to make sure that they at least get into some automated system, so that if they're found or stopped or questioned [by police], they will come up as a missing person," said Chesterfield police Capt. Terry Patterson.

Most police agencies will also assign a detective to investigate each missing-person case.

In Richmond, each case is independently assessed and evaluated based on its unique circumstances, said police spokesman Gene Lepley. Richmond police took 672 reports of missing juveniles and 301 reports of missing adults in 2008. The department currently has 104 unresolved missing-person cases that cover multiple years, in addition to 52 juvenile "runaway" cases reported this year.

Chesterfield police took 166 reports of missing adults and 11 reports of missing juveniles last year, and all but two of those cases have been cleared.

The department maintains two lists of the missing -- one for "cold cases" that have been lingering for years and another for more recent cases. The cold-case list includes five women and one man who disappeared between 1977 and 1996. The more contemporary list includes six people, four of whom were added this year.

"Chesterfield is very liberal about our policy for taking reports about missing people," Patterson said. "There's a lot of restrictions that some departments will put on it before they will take a report. But we've never been that way."

The Hanover Sheriff's Office recorded 50 missing-person cases in 2008, but all have been cleared. The department keeps a single list of unsolved historical and contemporary missing-person cases; only one case, from 2003, is still unresolved.

Henrico police took 275 missing-person reports in 2008 and so far have cleared 107 of them. The department has received 235 missing-person reports this year and has cleared 146.

. . .

Theresa Meadows' mother regrets that more wasn't done to locate her daughter in the beginning, but she's pleased with the efforts of Hanover Investigator Dave Klisz, who located Meadows Wednesday in South Carolina. Meadows, now 22, has been living under an assumed name.

"I give him all the respect in the world," Margaret Swann said. "He's been on this case ever since Day 1."

The state and national attention devoted to the Harrington case hasn't gone unnoticed by Swann, but she doesn't feel slighted. "It's just the way things work out," Swann said philosophically.

Swann says she feels sorry for the Harrington family.

"Because anytime I see a case like that, I know exactly how they feel," she said. "It just hurts knowing that somebody did something [to the woman] and they can't find them."

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Hattie Brown, a retired Army sergeant, disappeared in May. She was last seen at a South Boston gas station.


December 14, 2009


Al Barksdale dreamed his sister-in-law walked into a gathering of family and friends, past long tables full of food.

He dreamed Hattie Brown, who disappeared six months ago, came home.

As Christmas approaches, the missing 5-foot-4 retired Army sergeant has left a void in the family.

“No words can describe the not knowing, being unable to understand the situation, where she’s at and where she could be,” said Preteasta “Tee” Barksdale, of Campbell County, Hattie’s sister.

“It’s an empty feeling. I have an empty pit in my stomach. Everyone is in their place but one person.”

Hattie disappeared on May 16, a Saturday. She had been helping plan a bridal shower for Barbara Brown, who was marrying into the large family. When she didn’t show up that day, her family became concerned.

“It wasn’t like her to leave the others holding the bag, especially since she was the matron of honor,” Barbara said.

There was still no word from the Halifax woman the next day; she hadn’t called to check on her Chihuahua.

“When she didn’t call to check on Grasshopper, we knew something was terribly wrong,” said Hattie’s brother, Randy Brown, who lives in Forest.

Investigators said Hattie left her house without her purse and medication. None of her accounts have been touched.

Hattie was last seen at the South Boston Sheetz at about 2:33 a.m. on May 16. Investigators believe Hattie’s nephew was with her and he was named a person of interest, but no charges have been filed.

Almost two months later, on July 7, the burned shell of Hattie’s 2003 silver Volkswagen Jetta was discovered behind a barn near Virgilina, which is about 22 miles south of Halifax. State and local authorities conducted ground and air searches for two weeks.

Hattie’s 49th birthday was Sept. 21. Almost two months after her birthday, divers searched water near where her car was found. They came up empty. Another search of the ground found nothing; another is planned.

The hardest part for the Brown family is not knowing what happened.

“It’s an empty feeling,” Randy said. “We still have hope, even after they found the car all burnt up. Someone did something they didn’t have any business doing. She didn’t deserve this.”

The Desert Storm veteran is described as an outgoing woman — adventurous, kind and willing to help anyone.

“She had a beautiful spirit,” Barbara said.

Hattie was the first female sergeant in her platoon. She retired in 1998 and a few years later moved back home to help care for her ailing mother.

“The biggest thing we need is some kind of peace,” said Al Barksdale.

Randy said the family’s faith has helped them go on in hopes of finding some peace.

“We’ve still got a lot of hope,” he said. “Something has to turn up. We pray something will happen every day.

“We can’t get any breaks … There ain’t no peace in that. One way or another, we can start to have some closure.”

The family believes there is someone who saw something out of place that hasn’t come forward. Maybe the person lives out of the area and doesn’t know Hattie is still missing. There is someone out there who holds the key.

The Brown family still has hope that she’ll come home. They’ve been through so many scenarios — maybe she’s hurt and can’t remember who she is; maybe someone’s holding her captive; maybe they will finally know what happened.

“Her words are, ‘It’ll be all right’ and she never told you bye,” said her sister Tee. “She said, ‘In a minute.’

“’In a minute’ she’ll be returning and ‘it’ll be all right.’”

Hattie Gertrude Brown is a black woman with brown eyes and black, shoulder-length hair. She is about 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs 155 pounds and was last seen wearing a sleeveless top and pants with side stripes.


Anyone who might have information about her disappearance is asked to call the Virginia State Police at (800) 552-0962, (434) 352-7128 or e-mail troy.larue@vsp.virginia.gov, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 476-3334 or the South Boston Police Department at (434) 575-4271.


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Search continues for missing Halifax County woman

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Published: February 17, 2010

State and local agencies are continuing the investigation into the disappearance of a Halifax County woman.

Hattie Gertrude Brown, 48, has been missing since May 2009.

Police are looking for Krystal Lenora Pumphrey, 24, of Halifax, in connection with the case.

According to a news release from the Virginia State Police, investigators hoped Pumphrey could provide information about Brown’s disappearance, and subpoenaed Pumphrey to appear in court in November.

Pumphrey did not appear in court, and a warrant was issued for her arrest; authorities have been searching for her ever since.

It is believed Pumphrey is still in the Halifax County area, or possibly in North Carolina, the release stated.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on Pumphrey’s whereabouts to call Virginia State Police Special Agent T.A. LaRue at (800) 552-0962, or e-mail troy.larue@vsp.virginia.gov.

The public can also call the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office or the South Boston Police Department at (434) 476-3334 if they have any information about Pumphrey or Brown.


Brown was last seen at the Sheetz gas station at the intersection of U.S. 501 and 58 in Halifax County on May 16, 2009. Her vehicle — a silver 2003 Volkswagon Jetts, was found on farm property in Halifax County on July 7, completely destroyed by fire.

The news release stated that Brown’s family is still offering a $10,000 reward “for information related to and safe return of” Brown.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 06:54 AM

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A Year Goes By, Search Goes On For Missing Woman

Written by Staff  Monday, 17 May 2010 09:01

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department and Virginia State Police continue to aggressively pursue the case of missing Halifax County woman Hattie Gertrude Brown.

It was a year ago yesterday she was last seen at a gas station outside of South Boston with her nephew, Derrick Brown.

At this stage of the investigation, investigators do suspect foul play in Brown’s disappearance, according to Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police public relations manager.

During the past 12 months, law enforcement officers have recovered Brown’s car, a 2003 silver Volkswagen Jetta, interviewed numerous individuals and even conducted several dives and searches along the Hyco River in hopes of locating the missing 48-year-old woman, Geller said in a press release.

Brown was last seen at 2:33 a.m. on May 16, 2009, at the Sheetz gas station at the intersection of Route 501 and Route 58 just outside South Boston. A video camera captured the woman, her nephew and her vehicle at the gas station.

Her car was discovered July 7, 2009, abandoned behind an old barn on property in the southeastern corner of Halifax County. The vehicle had been completely destroyed by fire.

Brown is a black female with brown eyes and black, shoulder-length hair. She is approximately 5 feet 4 inches, 155 pounds, and was last seen wearing a sleeveless top and pants with side stripes.

The investigation into her disappearance also indicates that she left her residence without her purse or critical medication.

“We are confident that this case can be solved,” said Lt. Joe Rader, Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office. “We just need that one courageous person to come forward with information. Finding Hattie would provide considerable closure and peace to her family, who has spent this past year suffering from not knowing what’s happened to their loved one.”

The family is offering a reward of $10,000 for information and tips that result in the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for her disappearance.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Brown is asked to contact the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division, if in Virginia toll-free at 1-800-552-0962, or at (434) 352-7128.


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To contact the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office or South Boston Police Department with information on this case, persons are asked to call (434) 476-3334.

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Hattie Brown still missing two years later



By WSLS-TV Staff Reports
Published: May 16, 2011

HALIFAX COUNTY, VA --Two years after she disappeared, State Police say there has still been no sign of Hattie Brown.

Brown was last seen at the South Boston Sheetz on May 16, 2009.  Investigators at the time said the 48-year-old Brown left her home without her purse or critical medication.

Then on June 10th, the search went nationwide. At that time, State Police said Brown was spotted on surveillance video at the Sheetz with her nephew. Investigators also revealed that Brown had her 2003 silver Volkswagen Jetta, with a specialty license plate for disabled veterans. At that time, investigators believed the car may have been abandoned in Halifax County, Pittsylvania County, or Henry County.

Then in July of 2009, police say a man working on his property in Halifax Co. found Brown's Volkswagen behind an old barn. It had been destroyed by fire.

Late in July of 2009, State Police named Brown's nephew, 39-year-old Derek Brown, as a suspect in his aunt's disappearance.

Brown's family has posted a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest an conviction.

If you have any information, call State Police at 1-800-552-0962.

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 06:20 PM

Billboard aids in search for missing Halifax County woman

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This 15-foot billboard urges anyone with information about Hattie Gertrude Brown who has been missing since May 16, 2009 to contact authorities. A $20,000 reward is available. (Doug Ford/Gazette-Virginian)

They haven’t given up hope. The family of Hattie Gertrude Brown, who has been missing for more than two years now, still is holding out hope that someone who knows where she is will come forward.

Earlier this month they put Hattie’s photograph on a 15-foot billboard along Highway 58, east of Riverdale, announcing a $20,000 reward for information about their loved one.

Diane Brown, Hattie’s older sister, said the family decided on the billboard announcement in an effort to get justice for their loved one who would have turned 51 on Sept. 21.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 04:48 PM

TV show set to air on missing Halifax County woman

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Hattie Brown’s mysterious disappearance will be the subject of a 30-minute documentary featured on “Find Our Missing” series to be aired on TV One Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 9 p.m.

TV One, based in Silver Spring, Md., and primarily owned by Radio One and Comcast Corporation, targets African-American adults with a broad range of programming.

The network airs original lifestyle, documentaries and entertainment-oriented shows, movies, concert performances, as well as classic series from the 1970s-2000s, such as Amen, Good Times, Living Single, Martin, The Parent ‘Hood and All of Us.

Last November, Producer Chris Karnak, a contractor for Towers Production, travelled to South Boston to film interview segments for the documentary.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:17 AM

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Television show to feature Halifax woman missing since 2009

By: CHRIS DUMOND | Lynchburg News and Advance
Published: February 26, 2012

A missing woman with local ties will be featured in an hour-long television show Wednesday.

Hattie Brown is set to be the subject of TV One’s “Find our missing.” The program is will air at 10 p.m. TV One can be found on Comcast at channel 173; 328 on DirecTV.

“The main thing is to let people know she is still missing,” said Brown’s sister Preteasta “Tee” Barksdale, of Campbell County. “Perhaps we can find out some new information.”

Brown lived in Halifax. She was last seen at a Sheetz convenience store in South Boston around 2:30 a.m. May 16, 2009 with her nephew. Virginia State Police named her nephew as a suspect in the case, but he has never been charged in her disappearance.

They said she left home without her purse or medication.

The burned shell of her Volkswagen was found behind a barn near Virgilina, 20 miles south of Halifax, on July 7, 2009. Investigators searched for her for two weeks, and then later searched a pond near where her car was found.

Barksdale said show’s producers contacted the retired state police investigator who was working on the case, who then put them in touch with family members. She said she hopes the show triggers a memory for someone and yields information the family can link to Brown’s whereabouts.

Brown was about 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 155 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call the Virginia State Police at (800) 552-0962 or the Halifax Crime Line at (434) 476-8445.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:12 PM

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Sibling missing for 4 years, family keeps the faith

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At this point, the hope that Preteasta “Tee” Barksdale has for her sister Hattie is like a barely flickering campfire,  offering little warmth and even less light.

But when three kidnapped women turned up in Cleveland last week, more than a decade after they had disappeared, it added a little more kindling.

“That made me think about Hattie being in a situation like that,” she said. “Maybe she’s being held captive somewhere.”

Today marks four years since Halifax County resident Hattie Brown went out late at night to do a family member a favor and never returned.

“Her nephew had called and asked her to pick him up at a Sheetz in South Boston,” Barksdale said, “and then he wanted her to take him to a party. The surveillance camera showed her walking into the Sheetz to get him. Then she dropped him off at the party and stayed in the car, like she was waiting for him to come out. We never saw her again.”

That was a Friday night. When Brown, a retired Army sergeant who participated in Operation Desert Storm, didn’t answer phone calls the next morning, Barksdale recalled, “We thought she had gone down to Danville to buy a gift for a wedding she was attending.”

But Brown failed to show up for the wedding, or for church the next day.

“That wasn’t like her, not to go to church,” said Barksdale, a Campbell County resident who works at the Lynchburg Circuit Court office. “That’s when we really started to get worried.”

Barksdale and her 10 remaining siblings quickly mobilized, organizing searches, working with local law enforcement and holding fundraising events. Then, that July, the burned-out shell of Brown’s 2003 Jetta was found behind an abandoned barn in northeast Halifax County.

“Somebody knew that the barn was abandoned and that nobody came around there very much,” Barksdale said. “It had to be somebody local. It was a safe place to dispose of the car.”

Due to the condition of the vehicle, no fingerprints were found. Yet there was no body, either.

“In a way, that gave us some hope,” Barksdale said.

Barksdale resolutely speaks of her sister in the present tense, as in “She’s 52, and she’ll be 53 in September.” Despite her forced optimism, however, she is prepared for the alternative.

“We just want her back, even if it’s only getting her body back,” Barksdale said. “We need closure.”

There appears to be little more for law enforcement to do. Posters featuring Hattie Brown have been sent around the country, and her case was featured on a Chicago-based TV program focusing on missing persons. All that’s left for the large family that still embraces her is to wait and pray.

“We plan to hire a private investigator at some point,” Barksdale said. “Maybe somebody will come forward with some new information. Maybe whoever was involved will get so their conscience starts to bother them to the point where they can’t stand it. She wasn’t the kind of person to just disappear — something definitely happened to her.

“Some day, we’ll know. God already does.”

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Families Rally Together, Wanting Closure on Missing Loved Ones

 

Posted: Jun 07, 2014 6:18 PM EDT

 

South Boston, VA - It's hard to imagine going a day knowing that your loved one is missing, but a few families in our viewing area have gone years with no clue if their family member is safe and sound.

 

On Saturday, they got together and raised awareness about missing people in our area. The organization, Help Save The Next Girl, set up a booth at WalMart in South Boston. They gave those families a chance to refresh those missing person cases, hoping to end the day with a few tips or leads.

 

The families say they've been playing the waiting game for way too long.

 

"This June will be two years," said Gayle Snead, whose daughter is missing.

 

"She went missing April 9, 2012," said Paula Hodges, whose daughter is also missing,

 

"He's been missing since November... Thanksgiving November past," said  John Brown, whose brother is missing.

 

And for sisters Diane Brown and Tee Barkesdale, their sister, Hattie Brown has been missing for five years now.

 

All these families rallied together on one mission; to get closure and locate their loved ones.

 

"You never give up on someone you love," said Barkesdale.

 

They're all part of the organization, Help Save the Next Girl. The group was started in honor of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington who went missing and was found dead in Charlottesville in 2009. The organization works to prevent crimes against young women and generate buzz about missing person cases- hopefully leading to a happy ending.

 

"It's hard to respond effectively when you've just have the worst thing in your life happened to you. Someone that you love has been taken. So we're trying to back each other up," said Gil Harrington, founder of Help Save The Next Girl.

 

They set up a booth at the Walmart in South Boston, reminding the public about the missing person cases of John Brown, Hattie Brown, Heather Hodges and Wendy Beadles Francis, hoping their pictures will jog someone's memory.

 

"If it's not out of sight, it's not out of mind," said Barkesdale.

 

"These things don't happen in a vacuum. Somebody knows something,"Harringtonn said.

 

Help Save the Next Girl will be in Nelson County on June 18, soliciting tips and information on the disappearance of Alexis Murphy.


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