'Nothing to report' in search for Brandy Hanna

Behind high marsh grass and old fences, volunteers sift through dirt Tuesday trying to find clues to determine if Brandy Hanna was buried on the spot on the former Charleston Naval Base.

A team of archaeologists and volunteers spent six hours in the scorching sun on Tuesday, continuing the search for clues that might finally reveal what happened to Brandy Hanna.

The only word from the site, however, is that the search will resume today.

The crew is examining a patch of ground on the banks of the Cooper River behind a fence inside the old Navy base. The area, which lies just south of Riverfront Park, is where North Charleston police recently found a shoe that may have belonged to Hanna, who disappeared in 2005. It is not accessible to the public.

In the second day of the dig, state archaeologist Jonathan Leader directed a crew of volunteers who shoveled dirt from the ground while others ran the dirt through a sifter. After the heat forced the crew to quit for the day around 2 p.m., Leader said only that the search is ongoing.

"Where we are is where we are, and we'll be done when we're done," Leader said. "At the moment, I have nothing to report."

North Charleston police, which found the shoe after a tip from a psychic, had no further comment on the search.

Hanna disappeared on May 20, 2005, from her Florida Avenue apartment, which is a mile from the dig site. She had worked the early shift at Alex's Restaurant on Dorchester Road and went home with a busy schedule for the weekend.

Shortly after talking to her mother on the phone that evening, Hanna vanished.

Police have called the case one of the most perplexing missing persons case they've ever encountered. Hanna left behind her clothes, her money and an apartment that suggested she would be right back. They never found any sign of foul play. And despite the efforts of Hanna's mother, Donna Parent, to keep the story in the news, no clue ever turned up.

Until, that is, police found a white Nike shoe with a blue stripe that Parent said almost certainly belonged to her daughter.