Brandy Hanna, then 32, was a waitress who had never failed to show up at work…but then suddenly missed a shift. A neighbor saw her get into a red truck the night she vanished—the same kind both of her ex-boyfriends drove. And both deny knowing what happened.
This Brandy Hanna wiki delves into her tragic, puzzling disappearance and the ongoing developments.
|About Brandy Renee Hanna|
|Birth||November 16, 1972|
|Siblings||Mykal Parent, Shane Parent|
|Parents||Donna Hanna Parent|
Who Is Brandy Hanna?
Brandy Renee Hanna was born to Donna Hanna (later known as Donna Parent) on November 16, 1972.
As the first-born child and only daughter, Hanna was especially close to her mother, Donna Parent. But she was also very close to the rest of her family.
Hanna had two younger brothers, Mykal Parent and Shane Parent.
A U.S. Army veteran, Hanna lived in North Charleston, South Carolina. She is described as a shy, quiet person with a small circle of friends.
Despite being a homebody, Hanna loved being a waitress, interacting with people on a regular basis. In fact, she had a great rapport with customers and never missed a day of work.
When she wasn’t at work, you could find Hanna at home. She didn’t like bars or clubs. Instead, she liked to curl up on the couch with her phone plugged into the charger, watching TV.
Since she was on a budget, Hanna used a prepaid phone to contact friends and family. But her mother purchased her a monthly paid phone so that she could contact her whenever she wanted. The new phone also had the added benefit of voicemail.
Hanna was constantly on both cellphones, talking and text messaging friends and sometimes talking to her mom more than half a dozen times a day.
A Love Triangle
At one point, Hanna was living comfortably with her boyfriend of six years, Michael Ray McAdams Jr., known as Ray. He was the brother-in-law of her best friend Amy McAdams. Ray allowed his friend, Garland “Zeke” Lankford, to move in. Lankford had recently left his wife and kids and needed somewhere to crash.
No good deed goes unpunished, as Hanna ended up falling in love with Lankford, which she eventually confessed to Ray McAdams. As expected, McAdams kicked Lankford out. But he gave Hanna a choice—end the affair with Lankford or get out.
Hanna decided to move out. This might not have been a total surprise to those who really knew her.
According to coworkers, Hanna seemed afraid of McAdams. Her mother said that it “wasn’t always that way.” The pair were engaged at one point.
Hanna and Lankford ended up finding a nice apartment in a working-class part of town, near Alex’s Restaurant. Her mom recalls Lankford asking to borrow money from her for the security deposit on the apartment.
The pair moved into the apartment to start their new life about a month and a half before Hanna disappeared. The new life didn’t last long.
Less than a month after moving in and contributing nothing to the relationship, and just before Hanna vanished, Lankford packed up and left. He had decided he wanted to get back together with his wife and kids and make it work.
Hanna was now alone in a new neighborhood, one associated with drugs and crime, after just six weeks.
Her mother, Parent, and her best friend, Amy, said that Hanna was emotional and upset. She was very much in love with Lankford and heartbroken that he would leave her so abruptly. But she was certain that he would eventually return and choose her over his wife.
Hanna was willing to wait. This explains, in part, why she continued to have open dialogue with Lankford after he left and allowed him to keep a key to the apartment. She didn’t like being the “other woman” though.
May 20, 2005 – Brandy Hanna Goes Missing
Brandy Hanna worked as a waitress at Pappy’s off Remount Road in Hanahan, South Carolina off and on for years.
Tricia Williamson, her boss at Pappy’s, said regarding Hanna, “She loved animals and was always happy. She was a good girl.”
In March 2005, Hanna started working as a waitress at Alex’s Restaurant on Dorchester Road. The change of scenery allowed her a chance to spend time with her mother, who was the manager there. For two fun months, they worked side-by-side.
The move also came shortly after Hanna had broken up with McAdams and started officially dating Lankford.
On Thursday, May 19, Brandy Hanna showed up to have lunch with best friend Amy McAdams at Pappy’s, where Amy worked. She invited one of the other waitresses, Susan Berry, to go to the beach with her that weekend, but Berry couldn’t go.
The next day, Friday, May 20, Brandy Hanna started her regular shift at Alex’s, coming in at 7:00 a.m. and working until around 2:30 p.m.
“She was fine all day long,” Diane White, a waitress at Alex’s, remembered. “She was happy because (Lankford) was coming to see her the next day.”
Sometime during her shift, a customer in the restaurant said Hanna took a call on Alex’s main number that rattled her.
“She told me she was scared of someone, but she wouldn’t tell me who,” said Thomas Johnson, a regular at Alex’s.
Before leaving after her shift ended, Hanna called her mother. Parent hadn’t arrived yet at the restaurant and Hanna didn’t want to leave without seeing her.
Hanna called her and asked, “Momma, you’re late. Where are you?”
Parent was just a couple of blocks away and replied, “Hold your horses. I’ll be there in a minute.”
Hanna and her mom chatted for a bit. She walked out of the restaurant a little before 3:00 p.m., carrying a cup filled with iced tea.
Andy Ragnow, a retired cop who drove people around town for a few dollars, stopped by the restaurant to give Hanna a lift home. He said that she was “happy-go-lucky and could not wait for the weekend to start.”
He dropped Hanna off at her apartment complex and waited for her to enter her house. She turned back, waved, and said, “See you Monday.”
Hanna was on both her phones that night. She spoke to her mother at 5:30 p.m. and talked about how Lankford might come over that night. Parent expected to hear from her again that night since Hanna liked to talk.
Parent called later but Hanna let the call go through to voicemail. That night, Hanna texted her friend, Amy, at around 8:00 p.m.
The two friends made plans to go shopping that evening after Amy finished work. Hanna wanted to buy a bathing suit because she was going to go to the beach on Saturday.
According to phone records, Hanna checked her voicemail less than an hour later and texted Lankford at around 10:00 p.m.
That evening, Parent was looking out the window of Alex’s Restaurant when she realized that she hadn’t heard from her daughter all night. So, she called her right away and left another message.
“I knew that something was not right,” Parent said.
Meanwhile, Amy worked overtime and got to Hanna’s apartment later than expected. But she let her know that she would be late.
When Amy showed up at Hanna’s apartment at 10:30 p.m., she discovered that all of the lights were off, but she could hear the TV. She simply assumed that her friend had gone to bed.
Amy called Hanna just to make sure. Hearing the phone go off inside the apartment was confirmation that Hanna was most likely inside but asleep.
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Parent called her daughter again on Saturday morning. Again, no answer.
She went to work and when she finished, she headed over to Hanna’s apartment and called her phone. Parent said that she couldn’t hear the phone inside and presumed her daughter was at the beach.
Amy tried to call Hanna to find out what had happened on Friday night, but never reached her.
“I didn’t think anything of it,” Amy said. “I figured she was at the beach.”
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Hanna’s family has a tradition of meeting at Alex’s Restaurant for breakfast on Sunday mornings. But Hanna didn’t show up.
Monday, May 23, 2005
Parent was at home on Monday morning, but knew that her daughter’s shift at Alex’s Restaurant started at 7:00 a.m. No one called her to tell her that Hanna hadn’t shown up for her shift, so she started to feel relaxed. Maybe Hanna just had a busy weekend.
But at 7:20 a.m., Parent’s phone rang. She got the news that Hanna hadn’t shown up for her shift.
Parent called the local police. But they told her that Hanna was an adult and there was nothing to suggest anything bad had happened to her.
According to the authorities, Parent was just a mother who couldn’t get a hold of her daughte