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River Level Allows Thorough Search

A little less than one year since her disappearance, the search continues for Hattie Gertrude Brown, with Virginia State Police Search and Rescue divers searching this time in the Hyco River at the East Hyco Road bridge on Thursday.

Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and South Boston Police Department personnel assisted in the search activities Thursday, according to Sheriff Stanley Noblin, who said the river level was such that a thorough search could be made.

Brown was last seen May 16 at the Sheetz gas station at the intersection of Route 501 and Route 58 in Riverdale.

A video camera captured the 48-year-old woman and her car at the gas station at approximately 2:33 a.m. Investigators found that she was accompanied at the gas station by her nephew, who law enforcement officers have called a “person of interest” in the case.

Hattie Brown is a black female with brown eyes and black, shoulder-length hair. She is approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall, 155 pounds, and was last seen wearing a sleeveless top and pants with side stripes. The investigation into her disappearance also indicates that she left her residence without her purse or critical medication.