Brittany Gorman (photo courtesy of National Parks Service)Dylan J. Hangar (photo courtesy of Texas County Sheriff’s Office)

Man Charged with Murder of Missing Mtn View Woman

On May 21, 2020, US Park Rangers discovered Brittany Gorman’s unoccupied pickup truck within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways at Buck Hollow in southern Texas County.  Items found at the scene indicated that Gorman may have been injured.  Deputies from the Texas County Sheriff’s Office, along with Missouri State Highway Patrol personnel,responded to Buck Hollow to assist park rangers.  
A joint investigation involving the Texas County Sheriff’s Office, National Park Service Investigative Services Branch, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol was initiated.  The investigation culminated in the arrest of a suspect on May 30, 2020. The suspect, Dylan Hanger, led investigators to a location in the Mark Twain National Forest in Ozark County where human remains believed to be that of Brittany Gorman were found.  
Texas County Prosecuting Attorney Parke Stevens charged Dylan J. Hanger, 28, of Mountain View, with second degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.  Hanger is being held in the Texas County Jail without bond.    
“The tragic outcome of this investigation is not what I had hoped and prayed for since Brittany was reported missing,” said Texas County Sheriff Scott Lindsey, “I want to commend the investigative team of deputies, National Park Service Special Agents and rangers, Missouri State Highway Patrol investigators and surrounding law enforcement agencies that worked extensively over past ten days to find Brittany and ultimately seek justice upon her behalf. I am also thankful to the public for providing information to the investigative team throughout this process.”

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