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Family marks woman’s disappearance 10 years ago / May 16, 2019
Members of the community are invited to take part in a remembrance and cookout to mark the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of Hattie Gertrude Brown, who was last seen alive at the Sheetz in Riverdale.

Brown’s sister, retired officer Diane Brown, issued an open invitation for county residents to join a memorial service cookout in Hattie’s honor, this Saturday at 5 p.m. at the family’s Mount Laurel home, 7248 Hunting Creek Road.

Family members, friends and supporters will gather to keep the story of Hattie Brown’s disappearance out in front of the public. “You never know,” said Diane Brown.

The family went through the legal process of obtaining a declaration of death for Hattie Brown in 2016, seven years after she was last seen, May 16, 2009, with her nephew, Derek Brown. Eight weeks later, on June 7, a 2003 silver Volkswagon Jetta that Brown last drove was found abandoned behind an old barn in southeastern Halifax County.

The mystery of her disappearance has never been solved, and her remains have not been found.

The case remains open and Diane Brown said the family wants to continue to keep Hattie’s story alive. This Saturday, they also want to share fellowship with those who want to pay their respects.

“If anybody wants to come by and say ‘hi,’ we’d be glad to have them,” she said.

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