PALM BAY, Fla. — It’s been 12 years since firefighter Brandy Hall went missing in Brevard County.
- Family, investigators search for Brandy Hall in Palm Bay
- Search continued after they got access to properties by land owners
- Authorities haven't charged anyone with Hall's disappearance
She was declared legally dead three years ago, but her family has not given up the search to find her. They have even hired a private investigator.
Brandy Hall’s family, members of Malabar Fire Department, cadaver dogs, and detectives were all part of the search for her Wednesday. They are looking near Babcock and Osage streets in Palm Bay.
Nicolas Sandberg is a private investigator that is working with the family.
“Three years ago, there was a private individual, Gail Sheldon, that funded a search … and they had some alerts out here. Weather demanding, they were unable to continue searching that day. so they have always wanted to come back out here … (they) had problems getting entries into properties from land owners,” Sandberg explained.
He said they were finally able to get access Wednesday.
“Some of the properties have been plowed over. We are running the dogs over it, and we have heavily wooded areas — some of the areas scorched due to previous forest fires. We are also dealing with swampy wetlands,” Sandberg said.
Brandy Hall worked as a volunteer firefighter. She was last seen on surveillance video leaving the Malabar Fire Station on August 17, 2006 around 11 p.m.
Hall’s truck was found the next day at the bottom of a pond in Palm Bay, not far from the fire station. Investigators said there was a substantial amount blood inside her truck. Her fire gear was also found in the pond.
“Many people have come forward with more tips that are interesting. It is important so the family does have closure … along with proving justice for her,” Sandberg said.
Authorities have not charged anyone with Hall's disappearance.