Ozark, AL - What started out as birthday celebration for two upcoming high school seniors turned tragic 13 years ago. Now for the teenagers' families its become an annual vigil.
Back in 1999, authorities say J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett had planned to attend a party near Headland. It's not clear if the two 17 year olds ever made it.
On August 1st, the girls were found in Ozark on Herring Street not far from the gas station where Tracey called her parents. Police located them in the trunk of J.B.'s car with fatal gunshot wounds to the head.
Every year friends and family gather to reflect on the girls' lives.
"She was happy go lucky. A bubbly personality, always smiling. never saw her when she wasn't smiling," said Tracie's father, Mike Roberts.
J.B.'s mother, Cheryl Burgoon said, "We'll never forget her. We always miss her. We always want her. Unfortunately it comes with tears and pain.
This would've been a milestone year for both girls. They would've turned 30. In fact, Tuesday was J.B.'s birthday.
Their mothers can't help but imagine how their lives might have been.
"I just wonder if she'd be having babies, be married, what she would be doing. There was so much promise in that child. She had so many gifts. So many people loved her," said Burgoon.
Tracie's mother, Carol Roberts said, "I know a lot of things would've been going on in her life. She wanted to be a doctor. I feel like she would've completed that by now. Probably married with a family. This whole year has been emotional, but of course this week is more emotional. It's another year without any answers."
Answers these two families are praying to find.
Authorities say this case is constantly on their minds. Both a federal and local investigation is ongoing.
If you have any information that could help in the case call the Ozark Police Department at (334) 774-2644 or the Dale County Sheriff’s Office at (334) 774-2335.
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