Brandy Hall has been officially declared dead nine years and a day after the Florida firefighter's pickup truck was found stained with her blood. Family members of the mother of two had petitioned a court for a declaration of death, which was signed by a judge yesterday, reports Florida Today. The Presumptive Death Certificate records Hall's death as occurring on Aug. 17, 2006, the night she vanished after leaving a shift at the Malabar Fire Station. "The amount of blood found in her truck was consistent with a conclusion that she died on the date of her disappearance," it states.
Hall's husband, Jeffrey, who was at the court hearing, says the declaration is a formality that brings no closure to the couple's daughter, 19, and son, 14; WFTV reports the daughter was the one to request the death certificate. "My youngest doesn't even remember his mom, and I don't like that. He was less than 5 years old," Jeffrey Hall says. "The one person who did this is still walking the streets, and that's the bottom line. Until he gets put away, there will be no closure." Police suspect Hall's fire captain and lover, Randall Richmond, but have found no physical evidence linking him to the case. (Click for more.)