SC BRANDY HANNA: Missing from Charleston, SC - 20 May 2005 - Age 32


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Brandy was last seen after 10:00pm on May 20, 2005 at her residence in the vicinity of the 3300 block of Florida Ave. in Charleston, SC. All of her belongings were left behind.

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North Charleston police find shoe in search for woman who disappeared in 2005
Brian Hicks, May 20, 2011

Six years to the day after Brandy Hanna disappeared, North Charleston police said they have found perhaps the most significant clue yet in the case: a shoe.

Donna Parent, Hanna’s mother, said Friday that a tennis shoe found by detectives near the old Navy base almost certainly belonged to her daughter. It is a white Nike with a light blue stripe, and it is Hanna’s size.

It is the first break in the mysterious missing persons case, which detectives have called bizarre for the startling lack of evidence associated with it.

“We’re 99 percent positive,” Parent said. “It’s the same color, the same brand and it is dated 1/29/05. There are no guarantees, but they want to look at every place they can. Brandy is going to be found, I have no doubt.”

The shoe was found about a mile from the Florida Avenue apartment where Hanna was last seen before she vanished without a trace. The area is behind a fence on the former base just south of Riverfront Park and is inaccessible to the public. A team of volunteers will begin a search there Monday, led by state archaeologist Jonathan Leader.

Leader said there are no guarantees in a situation like this.

“We are looking at an area of interest,” Leader said Friday. “It’s been six years, so there’s not really any way to tell what may have been there.”

Because archaeologists are accustomed to searching for small clues in such settings, the state often has its archaeologists help out in cold cases such as this. And there is no case colder than this one.

On May 20, 2005, Hanna worked an early shift at Alex’s Restaurant on Dorchester Road before getting a ride home that afternoon from a customer. She had big plans for the weekend -- shopping Friday night, a trip to the beach Saturday and breakfast with her mother and brother Sunday.

Parent talked to her daughter by phone that evening. Hanna sent a text message to a friend at 8 p.m., and another to a boyfriend just after 10 p.m.

And then nothing.

Hanna left behind her clothes, money and an apartment devoid of clues. Police questioned her boyfriend at the time, Zeke Lankford, as well as a former boyfriend, Ray McAdams. Both men passed polygraph tests, and lacking any other clues, the case has languished for years. McAdams has since died.

Parent said detectives renewed its interest in the case earlier this year, going back to reinterview potential witnesses, as well as poring through case notes. North Charleston Police Capt. Scott Deckard said Friday that detectives searching the Navy base found the sneaker.

“The search is based on investigative information, and there is no physical evidence confirming that it is Brandy Hanna’s shoe that was found,” Deckard said in a news release.

Parent said the lid of an old barrel caught a detective’s eye, and he pried it out of the marsh with a shovel. When he did, the shoe came up with the lid.

Over the years, Parent has tried to keep a spotlight on the case, hosting candlelight vigils on Hanna’s birthday, Nov. 16, and the anniversary of her disappearance, including one Friday evening.

Parent has lived for six years now with the agony of not knowing what happened to her eldest child, going through a roller coaster of emotions every time an unidentified body is found. She has engaged national missing persons organizations and even talked to psychics. Parent said Friday that a psychic she talked to led police to the location where the shoe was found.

As Leader’s team begins it search Monday -- a dig that is scheduled to last three days -- Parent said she doesn’t plan to watch the crew work.

“I want them to go out there and I want them to find her,” Parent said. “If they find her, I don’t want to see it. That is not the last image of my child I want.”
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Brandy Hanna's boyfriend arrested, charged in connection to her disappearance
by ABC News 4
Wednesday, December 21st 2016

Garland Eugene Lankford

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — A man identified as the boyfriend of a woman missing since May 2005 was arrested this week, and as of Wednesday morning was housed at the Charleston County detention center.

Investigators say Garland Eugene Lankford has been charged with obstruction of justice in the investigation of the disappearance of Brandy Hanna. Hanna went missing on Friday May 20, 2005 after getting off from work at Alex's Restaurant on Dorchester Road.

In an affidavit provided by the North Charleston Police Department, investigators stated they believe Lankford "willfully" provided false and misleading statements.

The affidavit goes on to state Lankford told investigators he planned to meet Hanna on the night she disappeared, but he ended up working late. However, investigators said time sheets from Lankford's employer show he got off work at 4 p.m. in the afternoon. Investigators also said a number tracked back to Lankford's sister was responsible for calls that originally placed the focus of the investigation on Hanna's ex-boyfriend, Michael Ray McAdams. The affidavit states several calls from that number were made to North Charleston City Hall in which a male caller said he saw Hanna getting into her ex-boyfriend's truck.

Lankford told investigators McAdams contacted him the morning after Hanna's disappearance. According to the affidavit, Lankford initiated contact with McAdams and contacted him several times via text messages.

Hanna was officially declared deceased on Monday, August 26, 2013. Investigators believe she was the victim of a homicide.


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Man charged in Hanna disappearance also charged with sexual abuse of child
by ABC News 4
Thursday, December 22nd 2016

Officials with the Hanahan Police Department confirm the man charged with this week in connection to the disappearance of Brandy Hanna is facing more charges.

Garland Eugene Lankford was arrested on December 2, 2016 and charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Investigators say it was reported Lankford sexually assaulted a child on at least two occasions in 2013-2014.

Lankford became one of the stories of the day Tuesday as it was discovered he was jailed in Charleston County and charged with obstruction of justice in the 2005 disappearance of Brandy Hanna.

Hanna went missing on Friday May 20, 2005 after getting off from work at Alex's Restaurant on Dorchester Road.

In an affidavit provided by the North Charleston Police Department, investigators stated they believe Lankford "willfully" provided false and misleading statements. MORE INFO

Officials with the Hanahan Police Department say Lanford was wanted on the charges since August. He was located and apprehended in Greenville on December 2.


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Police investigating tip missing woman was sold to pay drug debt
By Live 5 News Web Staff and Harve Jacobs | December 21, 2016 at 5:23 PM EST - Updated July 10 at 4:06 AM

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston Police are investigating a tip that a missing woman was sold to pay a drug debt.

Brandy Hanna went missing in 2005.

Her former boyfriend Garland 'Zeke' Lankford was charged Tuesday with obstruction of justice for lying to investigators. The son of Michael McAdams Sr. says his son lived with Hanna before she left him to be with Lankford.

McAdams says he's been given information that Hanna was sold to drug dealers.

"I was told that Brandy was collateral for Zeke Lankford's debt. Whether it's true or not I don't know, but I was told she was sent to Houston to pay off the debt," McAdams said Wednesday.

Sgt. Ron Lacher, the lead detective in the Hanna case said there is no credible information that Hanna was sold to drug dealers, but he said investigators will look into that and any other tips or information that come their way.

Lacher also is urging two people they believe to be involved in Hanna's disappearance to come forward or face charges.

Lacher said the two, who were not identified publicly, could face charges of hindering the investigation if they do not come forward. At a news conference Wednesday morning, Lacher said they are Lowcountry residents.

Police are saying Hanna is believed to be the victim of a homicide but stopped short of saying a body would have to be located before a murder charge could be filed.

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