Brenda Lee Harvey-Martinez
A Daughter's Quest for the TruthBy: Stephanie Bellanca
When mom left the house that night, she was wearing stone washed blue jeans, a pink jacket and boots. I remember that pink jacket well. One Halloween, I buried my face in that jacket when I dressed as a green-faced witch, something that didn't make her day. I also learned that Halloween that haunted houses just aren't my thing. Mom left that cold December night wearing that same jacket and never returned. She missed Christmas, Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve and her 24th Birthday. Even though I was young, I knew something was tragically wrong. Those two weeks have become the longest in my life.
On January 5, 1989, my worst nightmare came true. Her frozen body was found in the Holloway Reservoir Regional Park near Toboggan Hill. No one has ever been charged with the brutal murder, however, some DNA was found at the crime scene, the results are still not back. As I sit and wait patiently for wheel of justice to turn, I am eager for the day when the police contact me and tell me that the nightmare is over. Justice and peace is all I wish for my mother.
If anyone has information on what happened to my mom, Brenda Lee Harvey-Martinez on the night of December 22, 1988, I ask you to please call Lt. Tony Craig with the Richfield Township Police Department at 1-810-653-3565.
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