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Tip in 7-year cold case gives family hope

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Updated: 11/19/2013 8:25 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- After seven years, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office received a tip that prompted a search for a local missing woman whose case had gone cold.

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office scoured a wooded area in west St. Augustine looking for the remains of Sabrina Brazil, 42, who disappeared in 2006.

According to police, the search area is about two blocks away from where she was last seen.

Ollie McKing still remembers the last conversation she had with Brazil, who she considered a daughter.

"She had come here that Friday and she didn't look right. I said, 'Are you alright?' And she said, 'Yeah, I'm alright. I'm going to Georgia to stay with my daughter and grandchildren'. She said, 'I'll call you when I get there,'" said McKing.

Seven years later, McKing is still waiting for that phone call. But news of the recent tip is giving her hope.

Lead Detective Gene Tolbert said someone came forward with credible information.

"They told us that they had overheard a conversation amongst some unidentified people that suggested they knew where the body was located," said Tolbert.

The area is located just off West 4th Street. Tolbert said the lack of evidence in the case has been frustrating, but there is no doubt foul play is suspected

"About a week prior to her disappearance, there was a domestic-violence incident that was reported to the Sheriff's Office, where Sabrina herself had filed an affidavit indicating there was domestic violence perpetrated by her husband," said Tolbert.

No one has ever been arrested in connection with her disappearance, but police consider Brazil's husband a person of interest.

McKing said she has faith that she'll learn the truth someday.

"Someday before I die. I hope I do, I really do," said McKing.  

Tolbert said nothing substantial was found during a search Monday but the Sheriff's Office plans to conduct another search soon.

Call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS if you have any information.
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