Family of woman missing from Leesville since 1986 confident that case can be solved

Family of woman missing from Leesville since 1986 confident that case can be solved
Vernon Parish woman Bambi Brantley has not been seen since October 1986. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
Vernon Parish woman Bambi Brantley has not been seen since October 1986. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
Vernon Parish woman Bambi Brantley has not been seen since October 1986. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
Vernon Parish woman Bambi Brantley has not been seen since October 1986. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
Vernon Parish woman Bambi Brantley, who went missing at age 25 in 1986, as a child. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
Vernon Parish woman Bambi Brantley, who went missing at age 25 in 1986, as a child. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
Bambi Brantley's Family (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
Bambi Brantley's Family (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - Thirty-two years ago Bambi Brantley disappeared from Vernon Parish.

Her family is still searching for answers, but recently the case has been reopened. They are optimistic that someone will come forward with any details about Bambi's disappearance.

They say they are a family of love and forgiveness, and will find it in their hearts to forgive whoever took Bambi away from them.

"She was a daughter, she was a sister, she was a niece, a granddaughter, and to me she was a really cool aunt," said niece Brooke Brantley Merrill.

Bambi Brantley's family has never given up hope that one day they will find her.

"Thirty-two years later, she touched her family and we miss her," said nephew Pen Brantley.

The 25-year-old was reported missing by her brother in October 1986. Police believe she disappeared from her home in the Tower trailer park on Highway 8 West.

Bambi was never seen again, and the case went cold.

In March the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office decided to take another look at her case giving her family a new sense of hope.

"We've heard the tenacity the sheriff's department has...the determination," said sister Vicki Jackson. "We've heard nothing but positive things about the sheriff….that's a real big deal to us right now."

While things have never been the same for Bambi's family since she disappeared they've grown closer, and continued to keep her memory alive.

"We held tight," said Merrill. "We've always held tight, and I think in this day and age, it's unusual. A lot of families break apart but I mean not any holiday goes by that Bambi isn't a topic of conversation."

Bambi's family hopes with a renewed investigation, someone will come forward with information so they can finally be at peace.

"Let us know where she is," said Jackson. "If you know something, let us know where she is. We just want to bring her home…we just want to bring her home."

Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft says he is more determined than ever to solve this mystery.

"Well as we were going through various files, our investigators came across these that had been pending for years and we just felt like by all means, those victims, those people deserved justice," Craft said. "Their families deserve closure and the persons responsible deserve to be held responsible for their actions."

"Based on the statements here today from these family members, I'm more driven than I was before I walked into this room to bring this case and others to closure. You can see that this is a very tight-knit family. They want closure for their sister and for themselves, and like they said, just to bring their loved one home."

You can watch the entire press conference HERE.

Bambi Luann Brantley, W/F, age 25, was reported missing by her brother on Thursday, October 23, 1986.

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