Son of missing Horry County mom wants answers after 19 years
Wed, 25 Apr 2012 03:39:34 GMT —
Tuesday, April 24th, marks 19 years since Andrea Hayslette's disappearance.
In the spring of 1993, Andrea Hayslette was attending college at Coastal Carolina University and was married with two children. The day Andrea Hayslette disappeared, her mother, Selma Reburn, and her husband were at Disney World with Andrea's oldest child. Selma remembers trying to reach Andrea on the phone, but Andrea didn't pick up. Selma knew something was wrong. She started making calls, including one to the Horry County Police Department.
In a 2004 interview with Newschannel 15, Major David Avant, who was then handling the case said "She was filed as a missing person based on the fact that there appeared to be very little concern from her husband. We started doing canvases and we realized that nobody had seen her."
Detectives feared the worst, and suspected foul play.
"It's law enforcement's belief that unfortunately that there is some foul play involved, and our belief is Andrea is probably dead," Avant said.
And Selma had good reason to believe that was true. Now 19 years from then, 2012. Avant has retired from Horry County police. Andrea's children are now 21 and 24. And her son Ryan, is fighting for justice.
"Somebody having some piece of evidence that was left out back then. And as time goes on things wear on people's minds, and people's conscious change," he told Newschannel 15 exclusively on Tuesday, nearly two decades from Andrea's disappearance..
During the investigation in the mid 1990's, Andrea's husband Larry was the number one suspect.
Ryan and Selma believe that he had something to do with it too. At the time, Andrea's youngest child, who was only two when Andrea disappeared, told Selma and the police, "Daddy put mommy in those bushes," Selma says.
But because of the child's age, it was not admissible in court, and the investigation hit a dead end. Larry Hayslette did eventually go to jail, but not for Andrea's disappearance. He was convicted in West Virginia of forging Andrea's signature on documents when he tried to sell her car. He served time, but has since been released.
Ryan hopes with the rise of social media, and more DNA developments in cases over the past 19 years, someone now will remember something about the day his mother went missing.
"DNA being in its infancy or whatnot, there wasn't as much evidence as you could maybe find now. Somebody having some piece of evidence that was left out back then. And as time goes on things wear on people's minds, and people's conscious change," he says.