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Brandy Hanna's boyfriend arrested, charged in connection to her disappearance

Garland Eugene Lankford (Provided)

A man identified as the boyfriend of a woman missing since May 2005 was arrested this week, and as of Wednesday morning was housed at the Charleston County detention center.

Investigators say Garland Eugene Lankford has been charged with obstruction of justice in the investigation of the disappearance of Brandy Hanna.

Hanna went missing on Friday May 20, 2005 after getting off from work at Alex's Restaurant on Dorchester Road.

In an affidavit provided by the North Charleston Police Department, investigators stated they believe Lankford "willfully" provided false and misleading statements.

The affidavit goes on to state Lankford told investigators he planned to meet Hanna on the night she disappeared, but he ended up working late. However, investigators said time sheets from Lankford's employer show he got off work at 4 p.m. in the afternoon. Investigators also said a number tracked back to Lankford's sister was responsible for calls that originally placed the focus of the investigation on Hanna's ex-boyfriend, Michael Ray McAdams. The affidavit states several calls from that number were made to North Charleston City Hall in which a male caller said he saw Hanna getting into her ex-boyfriend's truck.

Lankford told investigators McAdams contacted him the morning after Hanna's disappearance. According to the affidavit, Lankford initiated contact with McAdams and contacted him several times via text messages.

Hanna was officially declared deceased on Monday, August 26, 2013. Investigators believe she was the victim of a homicide.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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