and TERRY L. MAY
WILLIAMSON DAILY NEWS
RANSOM, Ky. - A missing woman’s disappearance ends in tragedy, as Brandi Fields was found dead in the late evening yesterday.
Brandi, 33, had been missing since Friday, July 15. She was the mother of a 12-year-old boy, Tyler.
Randy Fields, Brandi’s father, along with other searchers, found her body at a strip mine around the McCarr, Ky., area.
Brandi’s mother, Lana Blankenship, confirmed her daughter’s death to the Daily News.
"Her father called me and told me he had found her," Blankenship said. "I is horrible. I am just so tore up I can't remember a lot of the details."
While the search for Brandi may be over, there is still much to be done. The Kentucky State Police had already told the Daily News that Brandi’s disappearance was still an open case. When questioned about the discovery of Brandi’s body, the KSP had nothing to say.
“We have nothing to report at this time,” a KSP dispatcher said.
No detectives were available for comment.
“I just hope justice is done,” Blankenship said. “I don’t know if Kentucky has a death penalty, but if they do I hope they use it.”
For Blankenship, this is the second child of hers to die in six years.
Her son, Nick Fields, died in a car accident. Like his sister, he also had a child; a daughter.
"I have to be strong and get through this," Blankenship said. "If I don't who is going to tell their children what wonderful parent they had."
The Facebook page for Brandi, which had been named “MISSING - BRANDI FIELDS - $3000 REWARD!” has now been named “BRANDI FIELDS – REST IN PIECE SWEET ANGEL.” The photo had also been changed, now showing a photo of Brandi in the middle of a heart, with angels on both sides, and the words “Fly, Angel, Fly / Gone from our homes / Always in our hearts” printed below.
The photo had originally been just of Brandi, when people still hoped for a positive outcome.
The Facebook group for her has soared in number over the course of just a few days to nearly 4,000 members, and the group’s wall has been flooded by posts of support.
“Praying for this family...may God bless this family,” one person wrote.
“I am so sorry for your loss......praying for comfort and strength for you all,” another person posted.
There had been a candlelight vigil scheduled for Brandi to be held this evening. At 7 p.m., people had planned to meet at the Blackberry Grade School and Blackberry Fire Department area. There has been no word on whether or not people will still meet.
Her pre-teen son Tyler made a simple and shor post on Facebook after being told about his mother’s death that was very poignant and touching:
“It’s all over,” he told the Facebook followers. “She’s dead.”