Dateline | February 01, 2013
TARA FERGUSON: I just can't see why is someone we knew would want to hurt her?
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: How could this happen -- how could this happen to someone that we knew?
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: It's been very long thirteen years.
LESTER HOLT: Homecoming queen Hannah Hill was just eighteen when she disappeared. Everybody's sweetheart.
JUSTIN HILL: This doesn't happen to the people like her. What? Why? Where? When?
LESTER HOLT: And who? Was it her boyfriend? They had fought before.
ANNA FRAGALIA: Did you verbally abuse her?
BRAD OBORN: Yes.
ANNA FRAGALIA: Did you physically abuse her?
BRAD OBORN: Yes.
LESTER HOLT: Or was it another man in her life. They had been together the night she died.
DENNY ROSS: We kissed and stuff...
BROWN: Did you have sex with Hannah ?
DENNY ROSS: No, I did not.
LESTER HOLT: More than thirteen years would go by as Hannah 's family fought for justice -- two possible suspects.
ANNA FRAGALIA: Did you kill Hannah Hill ?
BRAD OBORN: Absolutely not.
DENNIS MURPHY: Did your kid kill Hannah Hill ?
ALLEN ROSS: No.
LESTER HOLT: Two trials --
TARA FERGUSON: I was a wreck. It was just very intense.
LESTER HOLT: Would there ever be justice for Hannah Hill ?
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: The truth always comes out.
LESTER HOLT: I'm Lester Holt . And this is DATELINE . Here's Dennis Murphy with our story.
DENNIS MURPHY: She was a girl who made big entrances.
JUSTIN HILL: She can walk in the room and light up the place. She'd make the whole room smile.
TARA FERGUSON: She was always happy. Just wanted to have fun.
DENNIS MURPHY: But it was her exit, her sudden disappearance, poof, gone from her house just like that, that enshrouded young Hannah Hill in mystery.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Miss Hill was last seen last Wednesday. We're asking that anyone with any information contact the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau .
DENNIS MURPHY: She was eighteen years old, just days from turning nineteen and seemed to be in for the night. A former homecoming queen in her PJ 's phoning a few friends from the basement bedroom at her mom and dad's in Akron , Ohio . It's too late now but you wish she could answer just one question: why did you leave the house so suddenly that night? Her brother Justin doesn't know.
JUSTIN HILL: She got dress and said, "I'm going off for a little bit. I'll be back. I love you."
DENNIS MURPHY: And that was it?
JUSTIN HILL: Never seen her again.
DENNIS MURPHY: The thing was, the next morning on Thursday in May of 1999 was going to be a red letter day for Hannah . She drive her gold Geo Prizm the use car she was proud to be paying for to her first day of full time secretary work at Diebold , the company that makes ATMs . Her boyfriend of more than a year Brad Oborn expected her to swing by his place in the morning to pick him up. He says she was a no-show.
BRAD OBORN: I remember waking up at this eerie gut feeling that something wasn't right. I paged her, no answer. And she'd always call me back. Always. And she didn't.
DENNIS MURPHY: The kids relied on pagers back then. Cell phones and text messaging were often a future for Hannah 's circle of friends. Her mom Kim was a homemaker, and dad Elza was scratching out work as a boiler maker in the smoke stacks of the Rust Belt . Dad loved his girl.
ELZA HILL: Hannah , she was a very bubbly kid. She would always loved everybody.
DENNIS MURPHY: She like the Spice Girls and signed her letters with tiny pink hearts, a nice gift. These friends of Hannah thought so.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: She was a very easy going person. Definitely someone you could tell you could be friends with very easily.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: She was a great friend. She was a great girl.
DENNIS MURPHY: Tara Ferguson was the best friend forever.
TARA FERGUSON: She's so fun and silly and funny.
DENNIS MURPHY: There's no doubt she was a very pretty young girl .
TARA FERGUSON: Yes. She was a hopeless romantic and she was bound to trying to find that Prince Charming .
DENNIS MURPHY: Now not every teenage girl has the same definition of Prince Charming . Hannah 's boyfriend Brad , for instance, was a high school dropout with more than a few rough edges, but by all accounts Hannah was smitten.
TARA FERGUSON: Definitely her -- her one true love. She just really loved him and was really happy.
DENNIS MURPHY: And Brad , he remembers like yesterday being captivated by the girl at the party with the lively brown eyes. They quickly became a couple.
Did you think I'm really lucky to have this girl?
BRAD OBORN: I did, and -- and we used to get compliments. People would say you guys look so cute together.
DENNIS MURPHY: But by late spring 1999 , Hannah 's friends and family thought she was growing distant. They worried that Brad was tugging her into a world where she didn't belong.
TARA FERGUSON: She trusted everybody.
DENNIS MURPHY: Saw the best in everybody?
TARA FERGUSON: Yes.
DENNIS MURPHY: And didn't have a radar up?
TARA FERGUSON: No. That's where we differed.
DENNIS MURPHY: And now Hannah Hill had vanished into the night. Out there somewhere, but where? Thursday turned to Friday. The close friends were frantic.
TARA FERGUSON: Brad and I are calling each other back and forth. I'm calling the Hills . I'm paging her. She's not calling. That just wasn't like her.
JUSTIN HILL: We're freaking out now. So we make out thousands of flyers and we're passing them out. Have you seen my sister? Has anyone seen my sister?
DENNIS MURPHY: And you're hearing no, no, no, no.
JUSTIN HILL: Nothing.
DENNIS MURPHY: Brad Oborn , the boyfriend took it a step further. He went down to the police station on that Friday, the first of several visits to the cops.
BRAD OBORN: My girlfriend is missing and it doesn't seem like the police are doing very much.
DENNIS MURPHY: Long days became longer nights with no word from Hannah . By Tuesday evening she'd been missing nearly a week, the police finally turned to the media.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Well, an eighteen-year-old girl has vanished and tonight police are asking for your help.
TARA FERGUSON: When it came across the TV that she was missing, I got -- it got really real.
DENNIS MURPHY: The very next morning a breakthrough, news that police had located Hannah 's car. It was parked on a quiet dead end street called Caine Road . Akron PD Sergeant Jerry Hughes raced to the scene, detectives popped the trunk. It was worse than he'd expected.
You've seen a lot of stuff in a lot of years. How does this fit?
JERRY HUGHES: That is --
DENNIS MURPHY: In the awful things that cops encounter?
JERRY HUGHES: It's sickening. It's -- it's something you did -- you can't unsee. You will see that for the rest of your life .
DENNIS MURPHY: The body of Hannah Hill had been found naked from the waist down. Posed, her shirt pulled up.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: All right, at approximately seven thirty this morning that the auto belonging to missing person Hannah Hill had been seen parked on Caine Road .
DENNIS MURPHY: Pictures of her car being towed away made the evening news.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Devastated. How could this happen?
JUSTIN HILL: I just totally kind of blacked out. Every emotion just hit me all at once.
DENNIS MURPHY: What had happened to Hannah and why?
LESTER HOLT: And the even bigger question, who? Who had killed Hannah ? Police quickly focused on one man: Hannah 's boyfriend Brad .
JERRY HUGHES: We found out that he was a drug dealer, and that he liked to chase other girls.
DENNIS MURPHY: You know, it takes you pretty closely into means motive opportunity country.
JERRY HUGHES: Who would think?