Orlando Sentinel, FL
A close friend of missing Malabar volunteer firefighter Brandy Lynn Hall said Sunday that the young mother would not have disappeared voluntarily.
"I don't understand why anybody would hurt her, and I know she wouldn't hurt herself," said Julie Harrison, who has known Hall for more than 15 years. "She's just too strong-willed of a person."
Hall, 32, was last seen Thursday night leaving the Malabar Volunteer Fire Department, where she is a lieutenant. On Friday, her husband, Jeff, a former Osceola County fire chief, was sentenced to prison in a marijuana-growing case. Her pickup was found late Friday in a murky pond in south Brevard County after a fisherman found her firefighter gear floating in the pond in the afternoon, Palm Bay city spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez said.
Workers were draining the deep pond overnight Sunday, Martinez said, and rescuers were planning to continue to search for Hall at 7 a.m. today.
Harrison said Hall had come to terms with her husband's legal troubles and would not have done anything that would have hurt her children, a 10-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy.
"I'm trying to get anybody to bring us any information to find her and bring her home," Harrison said. "If somebody has kidnapped her, please don't hurt her."
Palm Bay authorities are considering Hall a "missing and endangered adult," Martinez said. For 11 years, Hall was a firefighter and paramedic with Palm Bay Fire Rescue. She previously worked as a volunteer firefighter in Holopaw in rural east Osceola County.
Jeff Hall pleaded guilty to cultivation of cannabis in an operation that an Osceola County deputy sheriff described as the largest he had seen in 81/2 years. Authorities testified that the operation that Jeff Hall and another man ran brought in between $240,000 and $300,000 annually. Deputies confiscated 18 pounds of marijuana and hundreds of plants in July 2005.
Charges were filed against Brandy Hall in the case, but they were later dropped.