Selected by Jill V. and Holly. Brandy Myers was thirteen years old and on the small side, not quite five feet tall and well under 100 pounds, when she disappeared from Phoenix, Arizona on May 26, 1992. When the police were searching for the next day they found the body of a teenage girl who looked like Brandy. But she wasn’t Brandy, and wasn’t even identified until almost twenty years later. That homicide remains unsolved and no one knows if it’s related to Brandy’s disappearance.
Brandy has been diagnosed with “brain damage.” I’d like to know the extent of the brain damage and the symptoms. She can’t have been seriously impaired or she wouldn’t have been going door-to-door selling stuff for a school fundraiser. But would her condition have made her a little slow, either mentally or physically or possibly both, and less able to resist an attacker?
I have a contact within the Phoenix PD who promised to give me more information about her, but never got back to me about it. I suppose he’s forgotten.
This is a case with just enough details to frustrate me. I wish I knew more. Maybe one of these days some newspaper will do a big feature article on Brandy’s disappearance.
Sounds like there was serial killer at work…
Keep posting and they will have to! Also a radio show wouldn’t hurt.
A big city like Phoenix, one body found, one girl missing, those don’t realy scream “serial killer” to me.
Wonder if her brain damage might have caused her to be forgetful or wander.
I think she had a mild case of brain damage. Along with about 4 or 5 others, Brandy’s case has always stuck with me. She looks like a sweet girl; possibly taken advantage of by someone who knew she had a mild disability. Her case sounds like she simply disappeared in the broad daylight – those are the ones that get to me. Hope something is found out about her case.
I agree Phoenix is a large city and one dead and one missing girl does not make the case for a serial killer on the lose.
Having said that Brandy and the girl known for 19 years as East Deer Valley Jane Doe have several things in common. Brandy had some cognitive problems which would make her extra easy pry.
Shannon Aumock, who had just turned 16, was a foster child who ran away from group homes, foster homes, everywhere, more than 40 times official reports state.
Shannon never had a chance. It seemed almost inevitable that sooner or later she would meet with tragedy. She was murdered 4 to 8 weeks before Brandy vanished and her remains were found not that far from Brandy’s home. As Meaghan notes in her profile for Brandy the two girls look similar.
There was a good reason why it took almost two decades to identify Shannon – she was never reported missing.
As far as a serial killer in Phoenix goes, I can’t give details, sorry I promised not to write about this guy until Phoenix police give the ok, but five years later a suspected serial killer with links to Phoenix dumped the bodies of two young women in a desert area near Florence, Arizona.
Investigators know who both victims are, one a young adult the second a 15-year-old teen, but they have never published the teens identity in the press. Was this man active five years earlier? I don’t have a clue, but out of state investigators think he has killed as many as seven young women. However he has only been convicted of one murder.
Photo of Shannon and my two part post “She was tossed aside in death as she was in life,” – The Shannon Aumock Story”
I am in AZ and I remember this case. Brandy was supposedly seen at a grocery store ( smittys now all closed or called something ekse) later that day by a friend. There have been no leads at all in her disappearance. Very baffling and frustrating.