UPDATE: Dylan Hanger, 28, was charged with second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.
According to a probable cause statement, The National park service, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Texas County Sheriff’s office to investigate the disappearance of Brittany Gorman.
Gorman was last seen at a convenience store in Mount Vernon on May 20, 2020.
Authorities located Gorman’s vehicle at the Buck Hollow River Access, next to her vehicle, was some blood and her glasses.
The last person that had seen her was Hanger. During questioning, Hanger told police he had met Gorman at a Signal station to give her some money. He said that was the last time he had seen or heard from her. He said he hadn’t been to the Buck Hollow River Access the day of her disappearance.
Three witnesses told police they saw Gorman’s vehicle at the access that day and that Hanger was standing by the passenger door, without a shirt on. They said when they approached the vehicle, Hanger walked to a while Trailblazer and took off.
During a second interview, Hanger confessed to being in a physical altercation at the Buck Hollow River access with Gorman.
Hanger stated that during the altercation, Gorman stuck a knife in his shoulder. Hanger said he then put Gorman in a chokehold until she was unconscious, and they both fell to the ground. When Hanger realized Gorman was no longer breathing, he rolled her over and noticed blood. Hanger said Gorman fell on the knife when they hit the ground.
Hanger says when he realized she was dead, he loaded her body up and took her and dumped her body in the woods.
Hanger led police to Gorman’s partially decomposed remains.
TEXAS COUNTY, Mo. — On May 21, 2020, a suspect led investigators to the Mark Twain National Forest in Ozark County of possible human remains of Brittany Gorman’s, according to Texas County Sheriff press release.
A Texas County Prosecutor filed a charge to Dylan Hanger, 28, of Mountain View, Missouri with second degree and tampering with physical evidence.
Sheriff Scott Lindsey’s said, “The tragic outcome of this investigation is not what I had hoped and prayed for since Brittany was reported missing. 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.”
Texas County Sheriff’s Office assisted the investigation with National Park Service Investigative Services Branch and the Missouri State Highway Patrol to Buck Hollow when Gorman’s pick up truck was found within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways at Buck Hollow. Hanger is jailed in Texas County without a bond.