Sunday, May 22, 2011

Brooke Leigh Henson

Brooke Leigh Henson was known as "Brookey" to her friends. She was a fun-loving girl, who enjoyed shopping with her mother and hiking in the South Carolina mountains. In fact, she loved the outdoors -- that's the place she felt most at home. Mysteriously, on July 4, 1999, she vanished and police suspect foul play.

Police say on July 3, 1999, Brooke hosted a party with several of her friends. Unfortunately, Brooke and her boyfriend had a disagreement that night and Brooke wanted to take a walk to get some fresh air.

She left at 2:30 a.m. and planned to walk to a convenience store two blocks away. Brooke was last seen walking along Henderson Drive in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Police have followed numerous leads since her disappearance but have been unable to find Brooke. 
Americas Most Wanted

Brooke Henson goes missing, and someone steals her identity.  The story of the stolen identity, although quite interesting and fascinating, seems to overshadow the fact that the real Brooke Henson is still missing.

Rolling Stone 2009 Article:
"The officer told her that he had gotten a curious call from police detectives in South Carolina who were trying to crack a missing-person case. "There's something I need to ask you," the officer continued. "Are you Brooke Henson?" The young woman who had disappeared from the rural South Carolina town of Travelers Rest seven years earlier? The girl whose grieving family had been searching for her ever since? The Brooke Henson who was presumed murdered?"
Ten years ago, two girls went missing. Esther found her way back; Brooke didn't. And so the story of two lost girls narrows to one.

Details of Disappearance

Henson resided with her family in Travelers Rest, South Carolina in 1999. She hosted a party with several friends during the evening of July 3, 1999. Henson’s parents returned from a concert in Charlotte, North Carolina at approximately 2:00 AM on July 4. She was sitting on their front porch at the time of their arrival. Henson said that she and her boyfriend had a disagreement earlier that night. She told her family members that she planned to walk to Willis’ store on the corner of Hawkins Road and Poinsett Highway to purchase cigarettes. Henson departed from the house at approximately 2:30 AM and was last seen walking along Henderson Drive. The store is approximately two blocks from her residence. She never returned home.

Henson’s loved ones stated that it is extremely uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning. Her family said that authorities did not begin a search of the area until three weeks after her disappearance. Investigators reportedly believed that Henson left of her own accord and expected her to return shortly afterwards.

In June 2006, the Travelers Rest police department got report that a Columbia University student registered using Henson’s name, birth date and social security number. Police believe the woman was actually Esther Elizabeth Reed. Police believe Reed stole Henson’s identity in order to be accepted to and attend Columbia University.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Travelers Rest Police Department
(864) 23-CRIME
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
(803) 737-9000

If you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons at (910) 343-1131 24 hour tipline (910) 232-1687.


  1. Im neighbors with her parents, and police found human remains but have not been able to identify them as hers..she's still missing.

  2. Im neighbors with her parents, and police found human remains but have not been able to identify them as hers..she's still missing.

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