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TV show set to air on missing Halifax County woman

Hattie Brown’s mysterious disappearance will be the subject of a 30-minute documentary featured on “Find Our Missing” series to be aired on TV One Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 9 p.m.

TV One, based in Silver Spring, Md., and primarily owned by Radio One and Comcast Corporation, targets African-American adults with a broad range of programming.

The network airs original lifestyle, documentaries and entertainment-oriented shows, movies, concert performances, as well as classic series from the 1970s-2000s, such as Amen, Good Times, Living Single, Martin, The Parent ‘Hood and All of Us.

Last November, Producer Chris Karnak, a contractor for Towers Production, travelled to South Boston to film interview segments for the documentary.

At the Holiday Inn in Riverdale, Karnak interviewed family members, media representatives and law enforcement officers who continue to be involved with the investigation of Brown’s disappearance that occurred almost three years ago.

Brown, a black female with brown eyes and black, shoulder-length hair, was last seen wearing a sleeveless top and pants with side stripes 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 then 48-year-old woman, her nephew and her vehicle at the gas station.

She had reportedly left home without her purse or critical medication.

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.

The documentary that was filmed in South Boston in November brought together Brown’s sisters and brothers who helped tell her story in a 30-minute documentary to be aired next month as part of a series of 10 one-hour episodes.

Advertisements for the new series recently began airing on a variety of nationwide networks.

According to the producer, each hour episode will feature two missing persons.

When deciding on which missing persons to feature in the series, Karnak said Towers Production, owned by Jonathon Towers, went back and forth on several dozen story ideas.

Those selected were based on the availability and willingness of people involved in the investigation to tell the story.

Karnak said the people involved in Hattie Brown’s story fully cooperated including law enforcement officials.

The show, which will be narrated and hosted, is slated to feature interviews with six of Brown’s siblings, including Dianne Brown, who works with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, and the youngest brother, Lionel.

“I like making documentaries because you’re truly able to tell the story. It’s nice because we might be able to dig a level deeper. We are getting to know the family and those affected,” he said at the time the documentary was filmed here.

Karnak said the documentary is hoping “to find some answers.”

“We’re not doing this as if the case is purely a cold case. We’re hoping it will shed some light on Hattie’s whereabouts,” the producer said.

In addition to finding answers, Karnak said, filming a documentary on a missing person makes it “real for people.”

He encouraged anyone who might be able to offer even a little piece of information to come forward.

In telling the stories of these 20 missing individuals in the series ”Find Our Missing,” Tower productions is striving to let people know “these folks are not forgotten,” he added. “They have families, friends and loved ones, and everyone wants them to come home.”

 

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