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Still hoping for a break in the case

South Boston News
Hattie Brown / May 17, 2021
The Virginia State Police, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and South Boston Police Department remain hopeful that someone will come forward with the information needed to bring closure to and justice for the family of Ms. Hattie Gertrude Brown.

Sunday, May 16, 2021, marked 12 years since Brown was last seen at a gas station outside of South Boston with her nephew.

It was approximately 2:30 a.m. on May 16, 2009 at the Sheetz gas station at the intersection of U.S. 58/501, outside South Boston where she was last seen. A video camera captured Brown, her nephew and her silver 2003 Volkswagen Jetta at the gas station.

Her car was discovered months later in July 2009. The Volkswagen Jetta had been set fire and abandoned behind an old barn on property in the southeastern corner of Halifax County.

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

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

“Twelve years is long enough,” said Capt. David O. Cooper II, commander of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office. “We need that one courageous person to come forward with information. Finding Hattie would provide considerable closure and peace to her family, who has now spent more than a decade suffering from not knowing what’s happened to their loved one.”

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. Virginia State Police can also be contacted by email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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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