PHOENIX -- It’s a Phoenix cold case with still more questions than answers decades later. Brandy Lynn Myers, who disappeared from her Sunnyslope neighborhood more than 20 years ago, remains a binder on a shelf, a picture on the Phoenix Police cold-case wall.
“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare that a child goes missing for no reason,” said Detective Stuart Somershoe. He describes Myers as a true victim.
The 13-year-old was last seen May 26, 1992 while walking through her neighborhood to raise money for a school read-a-thon fundraiser.
“She’s gone; nobody’s found her? Why?!” asked Tina Lix, whose daughter, a classmate and friend of Myers, was with her the day she vanished.
Lix told 3TV the two girls were fundraising together, but had split up to go home. Myers went home to a babysitter, but police say she returned outside to continue fundraising on her own. She was never seen again.
“She was a beautiful little girl, quiet child,” Lix recalled. “It still sticks in my daughter’s head, and she has children. I’m sure she visualizes that every day when she sends her kids to school.”
The case haunts friends and neighbors who cared then, and still care now.
“We all went out on a rescue for her, looking for her, all over those mountains; we went high and low,” Lix remembered.
Some wonder whether her case could be one like that of Jaycee Dugard, the California girl kidnapped and held captive for 18 years. Police, however, know that’s the exception, and sadly, not the likelihood.
“Statistically, they say a child who has been abducted will get murdered soon after that,” Somershoe said.
To this day, detectives have few leads but a possible connection to another missing girl’s murder. Shannon Aumock’s body was found during the initial search for Brandy Myers, just a few miles from Brandy's neighborhood. Somershoe doesn’t know whether the cases are related, but he wonders.
“You have two young, white females go missing, similar in appearances. One is found dead, the day after one goes missing?” Somershoe said, questioning the possibility of coincidence.
Neither case has been solved.
“The person who did this is not going to just stop at once, so we have to watch out for other children,” Somershoe said. “There are potentially other victims out there, so that’s why we need to solve this.”
Police believe the answers lie somewhere in Myers' neighborhood. Detectives are still looking to speak to people who may have information.
If you know anything about either girl's disappearance, call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377), 1-800-343-TIPS (8477) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).