Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The Disappearance of Brittany Shante Robinson

Brittany Shante Robinson was only 14 years old when she vanished on June 14th, 2012. She was last seen in Mobile, Alabama, after her aunt dropped her off at the home of her father, Demetric Hooper. Brittany was only supposed to be with her father for a two-day visit, but she never returned home and has never been seen or heard from again. Demetric fled Mobile immediately following Brittany’s disappearance. A warrant for his arrest was issued six weeks later.

Investigators were finally able to track Demetric down in September 2012, at a mental health facility in Arkansas. He suffered from both schizophrenia and drug addiction and had previously been in-and-out of treatment centers in Alabama for years. During September 2012, Demetric reportedly was seeking treatment for his schizophrenia. Once police tracked him down, they confirmed that Brittany was not with Demetric in Arkansas. He was then arrested and charged with felony custodial interference.

After Demetric’s arrest, investigators determined that he had been in Arkansas since July. However, in the weeks following Brittany’s disappearance, he traveled to multiple different locations throughout the southeastern United States. On July 7th, 2012, Demetric took a bus from Memphis, Tennessee to Arkansas, and it was determined that Brittany was not with him during said trip. When police finally tracked him down, they found Brittany’s iPod, knives, and a rope in his possession.

Demetric continuously denied harming his daughter, and a search of his home provided no evidence of Brittany’s whereabouts. Due to this, police were unable to charge Demetric with anything related to Brittany’s disappearance, but they still pursued the custodial interference charges. After initially denying those charges as well, Demetric ended up pleading guilty to custodial inference in August 2014. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison but was released in 2016 after serving two years.

Brittany remains missing today. The Mobile Police Department is in charge of her case. If you have any information that could lead to Brittany’s whereabouts, please contact detectives at 251-208-1700.

UPDATE (2024): Demetric Hooper has been charged with Brittany's murder.

According to reports, a grand jury has indicted Demetric on the murder charges in February 2024. He was already in custody in Oklahoma on unrelated charges. However, Demetric will face the murder charges in Alabama.

Brittany still remains missing. The case is currently pending. 

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