Why I miss Brennie.....

I miss her smile.

I miss her laugh.

I miss the naive replies to adult situations.

I miss her innocence.

I miss the glint in her eye when she spoke of her parents.

I miss the way she called her brother "Boop".

I miss the rides to nowhere; admiring her working that gearshift!

I miss the way she kept me up with the latest in fashion.

I miss the way she said "I love you Dee"!

I miss you Bren! I Truly Do!

Love, Dee

Special Thanks to all who participated in the 1st Annual March for the Missing!! The event was a total success! We thank the local law enforcement for our police escort as well. To all of the families of the missing, we look forward to being of greater service to you in the future.

Our next fundraising event is scheduled for September 22, 2007- Bowling for Brennie. The event will be held at Thunderbird Lanes, 5830 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19149. Tickets are $12 each, this includes shoes, food and drink. T-shirts for the event are also available (photo of shirt above). Shirts are $10 each in advance, $12 at the event. You can buy your shirt to wear to the event. To sell or purchase tickets, call 215-219-1019 or email dejuana45@msn.com.

The proceeds from this event will enable us to cover expenses related to next year's March which is tentatively scheduled for May 31, 2008. We are headed to the Ben Franklin Parkway!!! More info is forthcoming.....

Lisa Michelle Hatchell seems to have vanished without a trace. The Willingboro, New Jersey woman had just turned 37, when she went missing on her birthday, July 19th, 2003. That was nearly four years ago!
Police say there was a reported sighting of Lisa Hatchell in the 5400 block of Warrington Avenue in West Philadelphia the night of July 19th. Some reports note that she was seen arguing with her boyfriend. So far, nothing has turned up.

Her aunt says it is just not like Lisa to abandon her mother and two children unless she's unable to make contact.

Katherine Farmer/Missing Woman's Aunt says, "she's got a little girl and she asks about her mother. Her son, her mother, most of all, her mother's heart is just aching, I'm telling you."
Lisa Hatchell is 5 feet 3 inches tall. She weighs 135 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.

Her married name was Cotton. She has, in the past, used her boyfriend's last name, Henderson.
There is a small scar under her neck. She has a birthmark on her outer right thigh. There are very small scars on her ankles from insect bites; and she previously suffered a fractured left ankle.

There are pictures of Lisa in her army fatigues. She was in the military for three years. If you have seen her, please pick up the telephone.

Katherine Farmer/Missing Woman's Aunt: "All my sister wants is some closure on this. She just needs to know if she is dead or alive."
If you know Lisa's whereabouts, make that call to the Citizens Crime Commission at 215-546-Tips. Receive a $1000 reward.


The plans for the March are progressing well but volunteers are still needed for various tasks. We need help at the registration tables, the ribbon tables and the balloon table.

Special thanks to all of the sponsors who have financed various needs. We appreciate your help.

All are welcome to come and march with us. To download the flyer go to www.richardpetrone.com.

Information regarding the March will be in the Philadelphia Daily News on May 29, 31 and June 2, 2007.

PECO will run a Brennie's Friend banner on the top of the PECO energy building on May 27, 29 and 31.

March For the Missing - June 2, 2007

The plans for the March are underway. Volunteers are still needed. For more information you may attend the next information session on this Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 3 PM at Oasis of Praise Ministries located at 63rd and Woodbine.
On Saturday, June 2, we will meet at our gathering point which is Hunting Park and Old York Road at 10AM. The March will begin at approximately 10:20AM. We will process South on Old York Rd to Luzerne (the point where Brennie disappeared from). We will go left onto Luzerne to 9th, continuing North on 9th back to Hunting Park. Through the park back to our meeting point. After the March there will be a short ceremony remembering our missing loved ones, concluded by a baloon release.

The event flyer may be accessed on the website for Missing Person, Richard Petrone @ www.richardpetrone.com. To find out more about the dissappearance of Richard and his girlfriend Danielle Imbo, you may link to their site through the banner at the bottom of this page.

See you at the March!!!!!

Although the daily news has reported that a definite ruling has not been made, the National Center for Missing Adults has listed Alice Artison as recovered. No foul play has been indicated in her death.
I awoke this morning thinking of the upcoming March for the Missing. I wondered how I would get in contact with Ms. Artison's family to include them in our ceremony. Only to find out moments later that Alice had been found. My heart breaks for them. Although they now know where she is, they may never know how she died.
For information on the March for the Missing and how you can help, email dejuana45@msn.com.


The first annual March for the Missing will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2006. We will begin on a small scale and with growth and participation we will increase gradually. Our first March will be held in the area where Our Brennie disappeared.

The gathering point will be in Hunting Park. We will gather in the parking lot on the Old York Road side and march out of the park south on Old York Rd. We will turn East on Luzerne Ave to 9th, left on 9th northward back to the park. We will march through the park back to our starting point for a brief ceremony.

All families and friends of missing persons are invited to attend. Please email dejuana45@msn.com for more information.

Shamari Taylor Still Missing
ABOUT 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2006, Shamari Taylor and his young female companion were surrounded by a menacing pack of masked punks on the streets of Overbrook Park, according to police. The men - police say there were seven to 10 of them - flashed badges and guns and shoved Taylor, 26, and his companion into a car and sped off. Since then, Taylor - son of state Rep. John Myers - has not been seen or heard from. Six hours after the abductions, the ordeal was over for Taylor's unidentified companion, who was released on York Street near 31st in Strawberry Mansion. The next night, Myers' office released a statement. "On behalf of Rep. Myers and his family, we ask for your prayers at this time," it said. "We ask for anyone with knowledge of what happened to his son Shamari to come forward."
Mr. Taylor's 56-year-old mother and his sister, 21, were shot at the family's West Philadelphia home by two intruders the day after his disapperance, authorities said. The mother, shot in the head, was hospitalized in critical condition and later recovered. The sister was treated for a shoulder wound and released. Their names were not made public. Police consider the crimes connected, based on descriptions of the assailants provided by the female companion and the sister.
The companion reported that a group of seven to 10 men shoved them into a van at about 11 p.m., police Lt. John Walker said. She told police they were duct-taped and taken to an unknown location, possibly a warehouse. The woman said she was released at about 5 a.m. Sunday, but did not contact police until about 5 p.m., Lt. Walker said. Two hours later, two intruders -- who might have had a key -- entered the Taylor residence, Lt. Walker said. They shot the women and then rummaged through Mr. Taylor's bedroom, leaving with an undetermined amount of cash. Mr. Myers last spoke with his son a few weeks before the abduction. Nothing seemed amiss, he said.

This is a profile of a woman that I posted nearly two years ago. For some reason she has been on my mind. I believe the main reason is because she has been missing so long and I have never seen any publicity on her case. My prayers are with her family as they enter the 7th year of her disappearance. Most of all my prayers are with her now nearly 9 year old son who may not even remember her.

Aesha Amerah Muhammed

Date Of Birth: October 11, 1977
Age at Disappearance: 23 years oldHeight and Weight: 5'8-5'9, 135-140 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Black hair, brown eyes. She has a gap between her upper from teeth.
Details of Disappearance: Muhammed was last seen at her residence in the vicinity of the 1600 block of north 56th Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 30, 2000. Her two-and-a-half year-old son disappeared with her but turned up several weeks later when he was dropped off at a church in New Jersey by an unknown individual. Muhammed has never been heard from again. Foul play is suspected in her case.
If you have any information about Aesha or know of her wherabouts contact the Philadelphia Police Department @ 215.685-3257.

Still Praying........

I looked through the online news archives and found this article. It will tell a little about her disappearance for those who don't know her story.

It amazed me because I remember thinking at that time that it had been a long time for Brennie to be missing - The story was done in July 1997. It had been just 5 months since her disappearance.

Fastforward to March 2007. It has now been 10 years and 24 days since Brennie has been gone. It has been only God's grace and our faith that He will bring to light everything that was done in secret, that sustains us from day to day.

The strangest thing for me is that in 10 years, I have not been able to cry over what has happened. I watched a video last night of Brennie and I having a ball at a barbecue in 1993. As I watched, I immediately remembered our conversations, our laughter, our silliness. I felt a longing to pick up the phone and call her... but at what number? Not to mention the fact that she doesn't have mine.

I watched the video over and over but, I didn't cry. If anything it made me more vigilant, gave me another wind so to speak. So today, I place another post on this site that I have dedicated to her......and I wait for the day when we will be able to laugh together again!

Here is the article......

Philadelphia Daily News (PA)
July 21, 1997
Author: Jamal E. Watson, Daily News Staff Writer
Edition: PMSection: LOCALPage: 06
Estimated printed pages: 3
Article Text:

Karen and Harvey Smith refuse to give up hope.

Every day, the Logan couple think about their missing 25-year-old daughter and pray for her safe return.

Brenwanda Smith, a SEPTA bus driver for two years, has been missing since February.
``We believe that our daughter is still alive and there are certain circumstances that are preventing her from getting in touch with us,'' said Harvey Smith.

Despite rallies at the place where Smith was last seen - SEPTA's Luzerne depot in North Philadelphia - fliers plastered across SEPTA buses, and a $1,000 reward offered by her friends, police have no clues as to her disappearance.

``We haven't got a thing,'' said Lt. John Scholly, of the Cheltenham police, which is handling the investigation because Smith lived in the township.
``We've followed up on every lead possible, but we keep hitting a dead-end.''

At 4 a.m. on Feb. 18, Brennie, as she is called by family and friends, reported to work much like any other day. At 7 that evening, as she walked near the Luzerne depot - long after her shift was over - she told co-workers she was waiting for a ride.
After that, she vanished.

Smith worked as a hold-down operator - a job where she filled in when regular bus operators were sick or on vacation, said SEPTA spokeswoman Barbara Siegel.
The agency made up fliers and put them on buses.

Smith's parents said she worked long hours and saved her money to pay for the Lynnewood Gardens apartment in Cheltenham, where she moved in January. Before landing her job at SEPTA, Smith, a Central High graduate, attended business school for a short time, and worked odd jobs at a bank.

``She was excited about having her own apartment for the first time,'' said Karen Smith, owner of a hair styling salon.

On the day she disappeared, Brenwanda Smith had a minor traffic accident about noon on Broad Street near Girard Avenue while driving the Route C bus. She went to the depot to fill out an accident report, SEPTA officials said. She left work for the day around 1:30 p.m. Two SEPTA colleagues saw her about 7 p.m. on Old York Road, near the depot. She declined an offer for a ride, saying she already had one.

Police said it did not appear that Smith made it to her apartment that night.
``Someone saw her get into a vehicle,'' says DeJuana Price, a close friend. ``Someone saw her that night.''

Harvey Smith said his daughter did not own a car. Sometimes he picked her up from work. Other times, she caught rides with co-workers, or took the bus.

Erica Sterling, Brenwanda's best friend, said, ``If you paged her she would always call you back right away.''

Police also said they find no reason to suggest the young woman fled willingly.
``Everyone that we've talked to says she was hard-working and clean as a whistle,'' noted Lt. Scholly. ``It scares us the most that she had not made any contact with family or friends,'' said Detective Mike Santarelli.

Soon after Cynthia McCrae learned her cousin was missing, she began paging Smith twice a day.
It almost became a ritual for McCrae. Sometimes, said McCrae, her phone would ring.
She could hear a television in the background, but the caller never spoke. Smith's beeper was cut off May 30.

Meanwhile, family members try to cope, clinging to their faith to help them through the difficult period. They also continue to hope someone will come forward with information that will help reunite them with Smith.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Brenwanda Smith should call Cheltenham police 215-885-1600.

Caption:PHOTOHarvey and Karen Smith with picture of missing daughter Brenwanda, a SEPTA bus driver who hasn't been heard from since last February (GEORGE MILLER/ DAILY NEWS)PHOTO
Memo:Mystery Disappearance
Copyright (c) 1997 Philadelphia Daily NewsRecord Number: 9707220196