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Cable network to air story of missing North Charleston woman

Brandy Hanna (Source: NCPD) Brandy Hanna (Source: NCPD)
Brandy's mother, Donna Parent, said in 2011 she would never give up the search for her daughter. (Source: Live 5) Brandy's mother, Donna Parent, said in 2011 she would never give up the search for her daughter. (Source: Live 5)
State archaeologists spent three days digging for clues in the Old Navy Yard in May, 2011. (Source: Live 5) State archaeologists spent three days digging for clues in the Old Navy Yard in May, 2011. (Source: Live 5)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A little more than 11 years after a North Charleston woman disappeared, a cable network plans to air a program about the case.

Brandy Hanna vanished on May 20, 2005 after finishing her shift at Alex's Restaurant on Dorchester Road.

On Monday, Investigation Discovery will air Hanna's story as an episode of the series "Disappeared." The network sent a crew to North Charleston last November to film the episode, North Charleston Police say.

A long wait for word

Hanna's mother, Donna Parent, described the lack of clues "an agonizing hell" in a 2011 interview.

"You learn to take each day one step at a time," Parent said at the time. "Or else I would have fallen apart. I have to keep going, be strong because I have to keep looking for her."

Parent told investigators she last saw her daughter at approximately 2:30 p.m. the day Hanna disappeared.

Investigators say a co-worker dropped her off at her apartment on Florida Avenue after her shift at the restaurant.  

Parent said she said Hanna spoke to her by phone from her apartment at approximately 7:30 p.m. that evening.

Investigators determined she checked her voicemail at 8:49 p.m. and texted a boyfriend at approximately 10:19 p.m. Police say that was the last trace of phone activity. According to investigators, a witness saw Hanna get into a red pickup truck with a white stripe later that night, and she was never seen again.

Authorities say all her belongings, money, and a cell phone were all left behind.

Both her boyfriend and an ex-boyfriend made accusations against each other, an incident report states, but none lead to any information about what really happened.

"I just want answers," Parent said in 2011. "More than anything to know where she is, to know what happened."

Her mother has continued to try to keep her daughter's disappearance from slipping out of the public's memory, including throwing a birthday party for her at the restaurant and hiring a psychic expert from West Virginia for help.

"Any mother that has a missing child, and there's lots of them, you will do anything no matter how people may perceive it as crazy, but you will do anything," Parent said in 2011 after years of exhausting traditional missing person investigation methods had not turned up any clues. "I've rode around. I've looked in ditches. I've looked in fields. I've looked in the man hole covers."

North Charleston investigators re-opened Hanna's case in 2011. In May, police found what Hanna's family hoped might be a clue that would finally solve the mystery: a sneaker in the Old Navy Yard in North Charleston, just blocks away from Hanna's apartment.

The shoe was tested for Hanna's DNA, but the results were inconclusive.

State archaeologists spent three days digging for clues in the area, but that investigation produced no new leads.

The search for clues and the determination to find out what happened to Hanna did not stop with that dead end.

A North Charleston detective newly-assigned to the case months before the search began made a promise to Parent.

"He can't guarantee me he'll find her, but one thing he has promised me is that he won't stop," Parent said.

Anyone with information about Brandy Hanna or her disappearance is asked to call North Charleston Police at (843) 740-2800 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

The episode of "Disappeared" featuring Hanna's case, titled, "Love Triangle," airs at 8 p.m. Monday. Check your local listings for Investigation Discovery on your lineup.

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