Friday, February 4, 2011

Fresh Eyes: Brandy Hanna is Missing

Yesterday on "Time's Up" radio show Donna Parentm the mother of Brandy Hanna who vanished on May20, 2005, asked for the public's help in finding her daughter.

In my opinion, the public and in particular those in the "know" around the Charleston, South Carolina can help  solve this case by contacting the CUE Center for missing persons and leave a tip that will allow Brandy's family to find answers, resolution, and ultimately justice.

A special plea to the living brother (with the initials D.M.A.) of the individual possibly responsible for this crime- cowards threaten, real men, sir, with honor and integrity, come forward.

On the show today it was clear that the person with whom Brandy Hanna was in a relationship with for six years, took her life, in my opinion.

I always lay out the "pattern of conduct" in cases of intimate partner homicide, very few law enforcement agencies are trained in these types of crimes, once viewed a private family matter or considered too difficult to investigate. If we look at missing person cases across the country involving adults, the majority of female victims, in my opinion, are unsolved intimate partner homicides; vanished from the face of the earth never to be heard from or seen again.
  • Brandy Hanna was in a controlling and abusive relationship.
  • The relationship lasted 6 years.
  • Brandy decided she had enough and moved out 2 months prior to the day she vanished.
  • The former boyfriend continued to stalk, threaten and harass her after she ended the relationship.
When questioned the former boyfriend said " I don't where she is, she just took off is all."

The fact is he was angry that Brandy ended the relationship and moved forward minus this coward in her life. She also began dating someone new and the former boyfriend exhibited behavior that is a common factor in the majority of these cases.

  • The night Brandy Hanna vanished the former boyfriend's truck was parked outside of her apartment.
  • There was no sign of forced entry. No sign of struggle.
  • The boyfriends truck was never taken in as evidence by police, it should have been. That truck is what, in my opinion, transported Brandy Hanna that night.
The problem is that the former boyfriend has recently died. But, there are individuals, such as a former girlfriend and his brother, who know important details and can help solve this case.

As Monica Caison, founder of the CUE Center said on the show:

 "Every missing person deserves to be found."

Tip line(24 hour) 910-232-1687

Below are the details of May 20, 2005.

Details of Disappearance
On May 20, Brandy – a waitress at Alex’s Restaurant on Dorchester Road – served a friend lunch. She was happy, excited to have the entire weekend off and before her. That afternoon, she caught a ride home with a customer and later talked to her mother by phone.
Sometime that night, she disappeared from her apartment, leaving behind all her belongings and her money.
According to the Post & Courier, “Everyone who knows Hanna says there is no chance she would just leave. She’s shy, has a tight circle of friends. She never missed work, where she has a great rapport with her customers. And silence is not her thing. Until she disappeared, she was on her phone constantly, chatting and text-messaging friends, and sometimes talking to her mother more than a half-dozen times a day”.
Missing from: Charleston, South Carolina
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 11/16/72
Age at disappearance: 32
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 115 lbs.
Hair Color: Sandy/Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Race: White
Gender: Female
Distinguishing Characteristics: Tattoo of a “sun” on right
shoulder, tattoo of a “heart” between thumb and forefinger
of right hand, three piercings in left ear, two piercings in right
ear, gap in upper front teeth, crooked upper teeth, missing
Clothing: Possibly a light blue shirt, blue jeans, white
athletic shoes.
Jewelry: Diamond ring (very small diamonds make up the
shape of a flower).
Please take the time to listen to the segment of the show featuring Brandy's mother, Donna Parent, and Monica Caison, Founder of CUE Center for Missing Persons.  (Brandy Hanna segment edit courtesy of Linda Stovall.)

Susan Murphy Milano is with the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education. She is an expert on intimate partner violence and homicide crimes. For more information visit She is the author of "Time's Up A Guide on How to Leave and SurviveAbusive and Stalking Relationships," available for purchase at the Institute, and wherever books are sold. Susan is the host of The Susan Murphy Milano Show, "Time's Up!" on Here Women Talk is a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth

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