Family and Friends Remember Two Teens Killed Seven Years Ago

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

Northview High School seniors J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett were found dead in the trunk of J.B.’s car in Ozark seven years ago.

The crime remains unsolved, but family and friends still have hope, the killer will be found.

On herring drive in Ozark, family and friends gather at the very spot that was once the scene of a crime.

Candles lit, they remember, J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett whose bodies were found inside the back of Beasley’s Mazda in August of 1999.

Family members say it's hard to believe it has been seven years.

Seven long years of dead ends and heartache, knowing that someone, somewhere knows something.

Tracie's Parents Mike and Carol Roberts said, “It's hard to believe it's been seven years. It seems as only yesterday we were shopping to get J.B. a new blanket, now my son's wrap up in that very blanket.”

Still, they continue to celebrate the lives of best friends J.B. and Tracie.

Patti and Brett Simpson were friend's of J.B said, “We don't ever want Tracie and J.B. to be forgotten because this was totally uncalled for, what happened to them."

The Hawlett's began the memorial service a year after the girl's slaying.

Authorities from the state and local levels are involved in this case. However, after hundreds of leads, dead-ends and no arrests, both families are frustrated by the lack of answers.

A Dale County Crimestoppers reward of $45,000 is being offered to anyone who has information that leads to the arrest of a suspect or suspects in the case.


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