Select It Sunday: Brian Neil Hooks

Two people — named Andi and Andy, oddly enough — have asked me to do Brian Neil Hooks for Select It Sunday. The 21-year-old has been missing from Florence, South Carolina since September 24, 1988 — nearly 28 years ago. He may go by his middle name.

Andi thinks Brian may be a John Doe whose skeletal remains were found in in St. Louis, Missouri in 1992. The decedent, who is estimated to have died sometime between 1989 and 1992, had been stabbed to death. About that suggestion, I have no comment. Matching MPs with UIDs has never been my thing.

Someone, a relative I think, set up a Facebook page for Brian. The most recent post as of this writing, dated June 24, would resonate with anyone who has a missing loved one:

I would do anything to talk and hug you one last time! You cross my mind more than I see your face, I pray for you more than you may hear my voice, I miss you more than you think and I love you more than you know sometimes you just have to be strong ..to keep yourself from breaking You will never know how much you miss hearing a voice until that voice is silenced forever…the worst thing in this world is not knowing where you are we miss you an love you so much the pain of you not being here is unreal at times it’s been to long for us not to know what happen to you […] The worst goodbyes are the ones that are never said, And never explained…

Brian was either gay or bisexual, and had a boyfriend at the time of his disappearance. The boyfriend claims he simply “ran off” without saying where he was going, and never came back. That’s a story I’ve heard many times before. Another source I found claims Brian’s boyfriend gave three different stories to explain Brian’s disappearance, and also says the man had been convicted of murder.

That certainly doesn’t look good. Almost 30 years of complete silence looks even worse.

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3 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: Brian Neil Hooks

  1. michael w. August 28, 2016 / 5:41 am

    I remember this one. so sad.

  2. Anonymous August 29, 2016 / 12:07 am

    I thought the possible match looked promising until the UID description said the decedent had good dental care. Brian’s case file states his front teeth were decaying. Also, Brian had a scar on his left wrist but I couldn’t find anything that stated he had previously fractured his right arm. I’m not trying to discount Andi’s possible match, I’m just noting the discrepancies between the two.

  3. Alice August 29, 2016 / 6:57 am

    Do you think you could put Shelley Luty up for a Select-It-Sunday? It’s one of those cases that I think should have gotten more attention than it did and if it happened in the twenty-first century, almost certainly. Interestingly, I believe she may be Mindi Doe, found in Texas in 1984.

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