Name: Brandy Renee Hanna
Age: 32 years old
Last seen: May 20, 2005
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Status: Still Missing, Declared deceased in 2013
Disappeared: Season 7 Episode 9 “Love Triangle”
32-year-old Brandy Hanna was last seen in Charleston, South Carolina on May 20, 2005.
She disappeared from her apartment on Florida Avenue that evening and has never been heard from again.
Brandy Renee Hanna was born on November 16, 1972 to Donna Parent.
As the oldest of 3 children and the only daughter, Hanna had a close relationship with her mother. Described as a shy and quiet person, she was said to have a small circle of friends, and spent her time at home when she wasn’t at work.
In March 2005, Hanna started work as a waitress at Alex’s restaurant on Dorchester Road where her mother was also a manager.
Hanna had been in a six year relationship with Michael Ray McAdams, but broke up with him when she became romantically involved with Garland “Zeke” Lankford. Lankford was a friend of McAdams who lived at their place after leaving his wife and kids.
In April 2005, Hanna moved out with Lankford. They moved into an apartment closer to her workplace, in the 3300 block of Florida Avenue in Charleston. The new neighborhood was said to be associated with drugs and crime.
In May 2005, less than a month after moving in, Lankford ended their relationship, deciding to get back together with his wife and kids. At the time of her disappearance, Hanna lived alone in the apartment off Florida Avenue in Charleston, South Carolina.
Hanna did not own a car, and her driver’s license had been suspended several years prior to her disappearance.
On the morning of Friday May 20, 2005, Hanna headed off to work. Her shift at Alex’s restaurant was from 7:00 a.m. to around 2:30 p.m., and she got off work shortly before 3:00 pm.
Andy Ragnow, a retired cop who drove people around for a few dollars, picked her up from the restaurant and gave her a ride home. This was the last time anyone saw her.
Hanna spoke to her mother on the phone around 5:50 pm. She later texted her friend Amy around 8:00 pm, talking about their plans to go shopping for a bathing suit for their weekend trip to the beach.
Around 10:19 p.m, phone records show that Hanna’s last text message was to her ex-boyfriend, Garland Lankford.
Shortly after 10:30 pm, Hanna’s friend Amy showed up at her apartment, but was surprised when she didn’t answer at the door. The lights inside the house were turned off, but she could hear sounds coming from the TV.
She called Hanna’s phone, and heard ringing coming from inside the apartment. Assuming Hanna was most likely asleep, Amy eventually left.
On May 23, 2005, her mother grew concerned after receiving a call from Hanna’s workplace saying she was absent that day. She called the police, but they were hesitant to investigate a missing adult as no evidence of foul play was brought up.
She called Hanna’s ex-boyfriend Lankford and they agreed to go check on her together as he had kept a key to their apartment. When she arrived, Lankford was already inside the apartment, but Hanna was nowhere to be seen.
The cup of tea Hanna had taken from work the previous Friday was still sitting on the table of the living room, and her blanket was on the couch. Her clothing and money were also left behind. Hanna’s prepaid phone was left charging beside her bed, but her other cell phone was missing.
On May 27, 2005, Hanna’s mother filed a missing person report with the North Charleston Police Department who began the investigation.
On the day of her disappearance, a customer recalled Hanna getting a call on the restaurant’s phone during her shift. She was reportedly upset and frightened of someone, but would not say who it was.
Red pickup truck with a white stripe, 2005
A female neighbor witnessed Hanna getting into a red pickup truck on the evening of May 20, 2005, sometime between 9:00 and 9:30 pm. The vehicle was described as a red truck with white stripes on the side and a white hockey mask strapped to the front.
Hanna’s ex-boyfriends, McAdams and Lankford, both drove red trucks that were company vehicles for the plumbing company they worked at. Investigators brought them in for questioning and gave them polygraph tests, which both of them passed.
In April 2006, Hanna’s ex-boyfriend Ray McAdams died of a heart attack.
Shoes found in the old Navy base in North Charleston, 2011
Investigators discovered a white Nike tennis shoe in the area of the old Navy base near Riverfront Park in North Charleston in May 2011.
Police could not find any physical evidence that positively confirmed the shoe as belonging to Hanna, but it was the same shoe she was last seen wearing at work on the day she disappeared. The white Nike sneaker in size 10 with light blue trim had a manufacturing date from 2005 on it.
Garland “Zeke” Lankford charged with obstruction of justice, 2016
Lankford was charged with obstruction of justice in Hanna’s disappearance in December 2016, after making several statements that contradicted earlier information he had given police.
Lankford initially told investigators he was working late the night she disappeared, but his time sheet from work showed he had clocked out at 4:00 pm. Authorities also discovered through his phone records that Lankford talked to Hanna from 5:08 pm to 5:36 pm that evening.
Lankford later altered his original statement and told investigators he visited Hanna’s apartment and spent time with her in the hours before she disappeared.
He also admitted to being the source of anonymous tip calls to the North Charleston City Hall, six days after Hanna’s disappearance.
In these three calls, Lankford tried to implicate Hanna’s ex-boyfriend, Ray McAdams, by pretending to be an anonymous neighbor who spotted Hanna getting into a truck with Ray McAdams.
Lankford pleaded guilty to the obstruction of justice charges in December 2018, and was sentenced to two years in jail and two years of probation.
Lankford is also facing charges of first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor on at least two occasions in 2013-2014.
Missing woman was sold to pay drug debt, 2016
In December 2016, Michael McAdams, the father of Ray McAdams, told investigators he had been given information that Hanna was sold to drug dealers in Houston to pay off Zeke Lankford’s debt.
Investigators found no credible information that suggests Hanna was sold to drug dealers, but are investigating all tips or information that come their way.
Police found no evidence, means or motive for foul play in Brandy Hanna’s disappearance. Her location remains unknown.
Hanna was declared legally dead on August 26, 2013.
The circumstances of Brandy Hanna’s disappearance remain unclear, and her case is being investigated as a homicide investigation. Her case remains unsolved.
White caucasian female. Sandy blonde hair with blue eyes.
Hanna’s upper teeth are crooked, her molars are missing, and she has a gap between her upper front teeth.
She is 5’9” tall and weighs 115 pounds.
Distinctive Physical Features:
She has three piercings in her left ear and two piercings in her right ear.
She has a tattoo of a sun on right shoulder and a tattoo of a heart between her thumb and forefinger of her right hand.
Clothing and Accessories:
She was possibly wearing a light blue shirt with blue jeans, and a pair of size 10 Nike sneakers when she disappeared.
She wears a diamond ring (very small diamonds make up the shape of a flower).
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Brandy Hanna please contact the North Charleston Police Department (843) 745-1015 or call detective Ron Lacher (843) 554-5700.
Resources & Further Information
News & Media Links
Big Big break in Hanna disappearance a DNA test away – WCSC 05/11
Missing woman’s mother speaks out after latest investigation – WCSC 05/11
New information sparks new search for missing woman at old Navy base – WCSC 05/11
Archaeologists continue to dig for new clues in Hanna disappearance – WCSC 05/11
Team looks for clues in Hanna disappearance – ABC 4 News 05/11
A decade of waiting for Brandy – The Post and Courier 05/15
Police investigating tip missing woman was sold to pay drug debt – WCSC 12/16
Man charged in Hanna disappearance also charged with sexual abuse of minor – ABC 4 News 12/16
Brandy Hanna’s boyfriend arrested, charged in connection with her disappearance – ABC 4 News 12/16
Detectives believe 2 others were involved in death of Brandy Hanna – ABC 4 News 12/16
Investigators charge former boyfriend in connection with woman’s 2005 disappearance – ABC 4 News 12/16
Charges filed in North Charleston missing person case from 2005 – The Post and Courier 12/16
Hicks column: Persistence may pay off in search for Brandy Hanna killer – The Post and Courier 12/18
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