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A Year Goes By, Search Goes On For Missing Woman

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department and Virginia State Police continue to aggressively pursue the case of missing Halifax County woman Hattie Gertrude Brown.

It was a year ago yesterday she was last seen at a gas station outside of South Boston with her nephew, Derrick Brown.

At this stage of the investigation, investigators do suspect foul play in Brown’s disappearance, according to Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police public relations manager.

During the past 12 months, law enforcement officers have recovered Brown’s car, a 2003 silver Volkswagen Jetta, interviewed numerous individuals and even conducted several dives and searches along the Hyco River in hopes of locating the missing 48-year-old woman, Geller said in a press release.

Brown was last seen at 2:33 a.m. on May 16, 2009, at the Sheetz gas station at the intersection of Route 501 and Route 58 just outside South Boston. A video camera captured the woman, her nephew and her vehicle at the gas station. 

Her car was discovered July 7, 2009, abandoned behind an old barn on property in the southeastern corner of Halifax County. The vehicle had been completely destroyed by fire.

Brown is a black female with brown eyes and black, shoulder-length hair. She is approximately 5 feet 4 inches, 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.

“We are confident that this case can be solved,” said Lt. Joe Rader, Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office. “We just need that one courageous person to come forward with information. Finding Hattie would provide considerable closure and peace to her family, who has spent this past year suffering from not knowing what’s happened to their loved one.”

The family is offering a reward of $10,000 for information and tips that result in the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for her disappearance.
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Brown is asked to contact the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division, if in Virginia toll-free at 1-800-552-0962, or at (434) 352-7128. Virginia State Police can also be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To contact the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office or South Boston Police Department with information on this case, persons are asked to call (434) 476-3334.