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Missing person investigation leads to 2nd degree murder arrest

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By Sheriff Scott K. Lindsey
Sheriff of Texas County

On May 21, 2020, US Park Rangers discovered Brittany Gorman’s unoccupied pickup truck within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways at Buck Hollow in southern Texas County. Items found at the scene indicated that Gorman may have been injured. Deputies from the Texas County Sheriff’s Office along with Missouri State Highway Patrol personnel responded to Buck Hollow to assist park rangers. 
A joint investigation involving the Texas County Sheriff’s Office, National Park Service Investigative Services Branch, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol was initiated. The investigation culminated in the arrest of a suspect on May 30, 2020. The suspect Dylan Hanger, led investigators to a location in the Mark Twain National Forest in Ozark County where human remains believed to be that of Brittany Gorman were found. 
Texas County Prosecuting Attorney Parke Stevens charged Dylan J. Hanger, age 28, of Mountain View, Missouri with Murder 2nd Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Hanger is being held in the Texas County Jail without bond.   
Sheriff Scott Lindsey’s comments:  “The tragic outcome of this investigation is not what I had hoped and prayed for since Brittany was reported missing. I want to commend the investigative team of Deputies, National Park Service Special Agents and Rangers, Missouri State Highway Patrol investigators and surrounding law enforcement agencies that worked extensively over past ten days to find Brittany and ultimately seek justice upon her behalf. I am also thankful to the public for providing information to the investigative team throughout this process.”  
The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


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