CAMPBELL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Sunday, May 16 marks 12 years since Hattie Brown disappeared in Halifax County. She was officially declared dead in 2016, but her case was never solved.
“It’s a possibility that she is alive somewhere, and if not, it’s just a possibility that we can find her remains to have closure so we could put her with the rest of my family members,” said Preteasta Barksdale, Brown’s sister, who lives in Campbell County.
Barksdale is trying to keep her sister’s story alive and is still searching for answers.
“Hattie was a very affectionate person. Loves to read, explore,” she said. “She loved medical books. She loved world books, and she just loved history books.”
“She was super smart.”
Barksdale says Brown also served in Desert Storm.
“Sergeant First Class in the Army and probably one of the first women to do a whole lot of jumping out of planes with parachutes,” said Barksdale. “It sounds thrilling, but that was Hattie.”
Hattie was last seen on May 16, 2009, at a Sheetz by South Boston. Her car was found later that summer, destroyed by a fire.
Barksdale says her nephew is the only person identified as a person of interest, but the disappearance is still unsolved.
“If someone knows anything that happened that May the 16, 2009, that they could report it back to us.”
Over the years, Barksdale has lost more and more family members. She and her remaining siblings are still fighting for answers, looking for closure.
“Right now we’re just down to my three brothers and my sister and I of a family of 12, but maybe before we all leave that one of us will be left behind to know what exactly happened to my sister Hattie.”
If you have any information, you’re asked to call the Virginia State Police at 1-800-552-0962 or the Halifax County Crime Line at (434) 476-8445