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'We Just Want Closure': Vacant Lot Searched For Woman Who Vanished 15 Years Ago After Reporting Rape

The Titusville Police Department spent this week searching a lot in the quest to find out what happened to Tisa Gantt, who vanished in 2007 after expressing fear that her alleged rapist would target her for filing a police report.

By Gina Tron
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Police in Florida searched a vacant lot this week in hopes of finding out what happened to a woman who 15 years ago after reporting a rape, according to her family.

The Titusville Police Department spent all of Thursday searching a vacant lot in hopes of finding clues that could tell them what happened to missing woman Tisa Gantt, local outlet WESH reports. While police have not officially stated that they are looking for Gantt  —  they noted on Twitter that they were “searching for evidence” in “a missing person case from approximately 15 years ago”  —.her brother Louis Sconyers told Florida Today that police informed him that the search is related to Gantt.

Crime scene investigation vehicles, as well as a loader truck, were spotted digging the area, Florida Today reports. Tents and crime scene tape were also visible. Police are reportedly back on the scene on Friday.

Gantt vanished in 2007 after telling police she was raped, WESH reported back in 2015. She expressed fear before disappearing that her rapist may come after her for reporting the assault. She was last seen not far from the lot, located a block from her homeFlorida Today reports.

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It is not the first time this lot has been searched in the quest to find Gantt.

Investigators dug around in the same area in both 2008 and 2011. In 2015, loved ones put missing posters up for Gantt up in the same lot while investigators dug once again to find the missing woman.

"In my heart I feel like she's gone," Raymond Gantt, another brother of Gantt, told WESH at that time. "But we want to find her body."

The family is now hoping for more leads in the case.

"Oh my God, it would mean everything to me and my family," Sconyers told Florida Today. "We've been fighting for this situation for 15 years. We just want closure to this thing."

He added, "You try to forget about it, but you can't. That's your blood."

The Titusville Police Department has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com's request for comment.