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Halifax Woman Turns Self In

A 24-year-old Halifax woman, who possibly has information about another missing county woman, turned herself in to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday night, according to Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police public relations manager.

Krystal Lenora Pumphrey turned herself in to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, Geller said. She was subpoenaed to appear in court in November. Investigators hoped she could provide information related to the disappearance of county resident 48-year-old Hattie Gertrude Brown last May.

After Pumphrey failed to report to court in November, a capias was issued for her arrest, Geller said. State police, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and South Boston Police had been trying to find her until she surrendered Wednesday night.

State police, the sheriff’s office personnel and South Boston Police have been actively searching for Hattie Brown since she was last seen May 16 at a Sheetz gas station at the intersection of Route 501 and Route 58 in Riverdale.

A video camera captured the woman and her 2003 Volkswagen Jetta at the gas station at approximately 2:33 a.m. Investigators found that she was accompanied at the gas station by her nephew, 30-year-old Derrick Brown, who law enforcement officers have called a “person of interest” in the case.

The charred remains of Brown’s  Volkswagen Jetta were found July 7 on farm property in the Virgilina area of Halifax County.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Hattie Gertrude Brown is asked to contact the Appomattox Division of the Virginia State Police toll-free in Virginia at 1-800-552-0962, or at (454) 352-7128.

The state police also can be contacted by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Those with information about this case also can contact the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 476-3334, or the South Boston Police Department at (434) 575-4271.