Fla. firefighter missing for 9 years declared dead

A former Palm Bay firefighter who went missing in 2006 was declared dead Tuesday afternoon, Florida Today reports.

Brandy Hall was 32 when she disappeared on Aug. 17, 2006. She was last seen leaving the Malabar Fire Station around 11 p.m., according to Florida Today. Hall’s truck was found the next day in a pond with her blood inside, but her body was never found.

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Hall was a mother of two children, who are now 19 and 14 years old. Her family members petitioned the court for a Brevard Circuit judge to sign her declaration of death.

"The amount of blood found in her truck was consistent with a conclusion that she died on the date of her disappearance," the Presumptive Death Certificate states.

Police initially considered Hall’s husband and former Osceola fire captain, Jeffrey Hall, as a suspect because he was sent to jail on drug charges the same day Hall’s truck was found. But police shifted their focus to Randall Richmond, a former Palm Bay fire captain, who admitted to police he was having an affair with Hall after initially stating he had no contact with her, Florida Today reports.

“Police say they cannot compel Richmond to give another interview, saying there is not a single piece of physical evidence that links him to Hall’s disappearance,” according to Florida Today.  

A backpack with Hall’s personal items was found in a Vero Beach canal about a month after she went missing, Florida Today reports. Her fire helmet was later found near Mather’s Bridge in Indian Harbour Beach.

"My youngest doesn't even remember his mom, and I don't like that. He was less than 5 years old," Jeffery Hall said to Florida Today. "The one person who did this is still walking the streets, and that's the bottom line. Until he gets put away, there will be no closure. It's time for them to come forward and let my kids have closure."

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