A crew of archaeologists and volunteers hunting for clues in the disappearance of Brandy Hanna has finished its third day of searching the old Naval Base.
State Archaeologist Jonathan Leader, who is in charge of the dig, said he had nothing new to report.
The team has been digging on a plot of land along the Cooper River just south of Riverfront Park since Monday morning. A North Charleston detective recently found a shoe on the site that Hanna’s family has identified as one exactly like the one she was wearing the day she disappeared.
The crew began work Wednesday before 8 a.m. and – due to the heat – finished for the day around lunch.
Whether the search, originally scheduled for three days, goes into tomorrow is a question for North Charleston Police.
Hanna disappeared six years ago from her Florida Avenue apartment, which is about a mile from the base in North Charleston. That day, May 20, 2005, she worked an early shift at Alex’s Restaurant on Dorchester Road and caught a ride home. Hanna had a full weekend planned – shopping on Friday night, the beach on Saturday and breakfast with her family on Sunday.
But shortly after talking to her mother by phone that evening, Hanna vanished. She left behind her money, her clothes or any hint of what happened. Police have called it a baffling case, one totally devoid of clues until the shoe was found.
Donna Parent, Hanna’s mother, has kept the case alive for six years, trying to find anyone with information about what happened to her daughter. Parent said Wednesday that she had not been told of any further clues found at the site, but was appreciative of the crew’s efforts.
“I’d like to thank Dr. Leader for everything he’s done and all his helpers,” Parent said. “It means a lot to me.”