Cops confident they will make arrest in infamous case
By Dan Garcia
PALM BAY - Brandy Hall's body has never been found.
Her truck was found submerged in a pond.
There were traces of her blood in the vehicle, but no sign of Ms. Hall.
Yet, Palm Bay police believe they will solve the case.
Ms. Hall, a volunteer firefighter in Malabar, disappeared after leaving work on Aug. 17, 2006.
The mysterious case was featured recently as a "cold case" in the TV show "Investigation Discovery."
Palm Bay Detective Ernie Diebel said the case has never been considered a cold case, one to be set aside. It has been an active case that just hasn't been solved, Detective Diebel said.
"This case is solvable," Detective Diebel said. "It's going to be difficult. But I think we can get there. Somebody out there knows something," Detective Diebel said. Palm Bay detectives are consulting with FBI profilers in an effort to gain more insight into the lingering mystery.
Ms. Hall, 32, a married mother of two, vanished in 2006 after leaving the Malabar Fire Department at the end of her shift.
The next day, a fisherman discovered her pickup truck submerged in a pond near Treeland Boulevard.
Despite the lack of progress in the case - and despite the lack of the victim's body - Detective Diebel said he expects Palm Bay police to bring someone to justice.
"We'll be revisiting a lot of the same people. We'll see if their memory is different now," Detective Diebel said.
The case has some interesting quirks.
Ms. Hall was scheduled to testify on behalf of her husband, former Osceola County Fire Chief Jeffrey Hall, who was charged with growing large amounts of marijuana. Mr. Hall was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Similar drug charges were filed against Ms. Hall, but they were dropped. However, she faced related minor charges and had been scheduled to go on trial in October 2006.
Detective Diebel said Mr. Hall is not a suspect in his wife's disappearance because he has cooperated with the investigation and has passed lie detector tests.
"We've talked to him several times, and he's been most cooperative," Detective Diebel said.
In another twist, Ms. Hall had a public argument at the Grant Seafood Festival with another woman before Ms. Hall disappeared.
Detective Diebel said the woman felt that Ms. Hall was "being too familiar" with the woman's husband, "and she didn't like that."
"She had also sent (Ms. Hall) some text messages telling her to stay from (her husband),"Detective Diebel said.
Asked if the missing woman was having an affair with the woman's husband, Detective Diebel said: "That's one thing we're going to look at."
Asked whether the couple are considered suspects, Detective Diebel said: "They have not been ruled out as being involved."
Detective Diebel said Ms. Hall's last known conversation was with the Palm Bay firefighter, who is now on medical leave, after she left the fire station around 10:45 p.m.
Detective Diebel said it is doubtful that Ms. Hall is alive.
"There's nothing to show that she's still alive," he said. "No activity on credit cards or anything like that."
Detective Deibel said the case is not officially listed as a homicide, because the body was never found.
Ms. Hall left behind two children, now 15 and 10, when she disappeared.
As much as $5,000 is offered for information leading to a conviction in the Brandy Hall case. Call CRIMELINE at 800-423-TIPS or (321) 952-3456.