Vigil Held for Dothan Teens Murdered Nine Years Ago in Ozark

By: Ryan Rodig Email
By: Ryan Rodig Email

It has been nine years since the Northview High School students were found murdered in the trunk of their vehicle on Herring Avenue in Ozark.

However, to those who knew them best, it still doesn't seem that long; and, they want answers in order to bring some sort of closure.

A memorial lies in the very spot where on July 31st, 1999 Dothan teenagers J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett were found murdered in the trunk of their vehicle on Herring Avenue in Ozark.

For nine years, friends, family, and those working the case have gathered.

And, for nine years, all of those people have no answers, but hope still exists.

J.B. Beasley lived with Patti for one year before murder, and she says, "It's sort of a rebirth of hoping this will be solved, and that interest is generated. We are so much like a family. When we see each other, we have a lot to celebrate in the lives of the beautiful girls."

They were lives that ended much too soon.

The impact J.B. and Tracie had on those who knew them is evident when on July 31st every year, a group of people come together from all over, to keep their memories alive.

"We need answers, we need closure,” said Carol, who attended the memorial. “The girls didn't deserve for this to happen to them, but it did. Everybody owes it to them to help solve it, to help bring an end to it. So they can be at peace."

The girls would have been 26-years-old on Friday. J.B.’s birthday falls on the same day she was killed.

Those gathered are left to wonder where the two girls would be today.

And, most have no doubt that information is out there about the death of J.B. and Tracie.

Mike Roberts said, "I feel like there is somebody out here now that knows something. They might not have been involved in it, but they know something, and I just wish they would come forward."

Friends and family have no doubt they will assemble on the 10th anniversary of the deaths of J.B. Beasly and Tracie Hawlett.

However, if their prayers are answered, the 10th anniversary will be the first where they finally have closure.

A more than $40,000 dollar reward is still being offered to help solve the case.

If you know something that can help investigators, you should call Ozark Crime Stoppers at 774-9999.

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