Remains identified as Jacksonville woman who vanished in August 2020: JSO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Tuesday that human remains, which were discovered on Oct. 8, 2020, have been positively identified by a medical examiner as those of Brittany Palmer, who vanished in August of that year.

The remains were located in an abandoned cemetery at the intersection of Moncrief Road and Edgewood Avenue. The medical examiner said there was no evidence of foul play and that toxicology reports are pending.

In August 2021 — one year after Palmer, 23, disappeared — her mother, Vontria Mobley, announced a reward of $5,000 for anyone with information about her daughter’s whereabouts.

“I felt that — I still had hope that she would come home alive, and I just prayed every day, Lord, bring her home. Bring her home,” Mobley told News4JAX on Tuesday. “But not like this.”

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Palmer was last seen Aug. 22, 2020. The cause of death, according to investigators, is undetermined.

Her mother still has questions.

“She didn’t just automatically walk into a gravesite,” Mobley said. “Somebody knows something.”

About the Author:

Renee Beninate is a Florida native and award-winning reporter who joined the News4Jax team in June 2021.