A candlelight vigil was held for a mother, Brandy Mosley, 33, in Palestine, Texas, after she was found dead on the shoreline of Crystal Beach, on the Bolivar Peninsula, after saving her 4-year-old son, according to Palestine Herald. At approximately 2 p.m. on Monday, Mosely grew concerned after watching her son struggle to swim moments after being knocked down by a wave. She and a relative rushed to the boy’s aid, which was about 25 feet from the shore.
Mosely, the owner of B’s Hive of Therapy Day Spa, was able to pull her son, who was wearing water wings, from the water and hand him to a relative, but after doing so, she was swept away by a current. Douglas Hudson of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office claims it happened so abruptly that when the relative and the child turned around, Mosely was no longer visible.
The coast guard, along with the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from U.S.C.G. Air Station Houston, began searching the area until early Tuesday morning when a passerby discovered a body on Crystal Beach near Gulfport Village subdivision, about two miles where Mosely was reportedly swept away by a beach wave. Authorities were confident it was Mosely’s body as investigators discovered a tattoo that matched the victim’s.
The search for the missing Palestine woman was officially called off when the local medical examiner’s office was able to determine that the body found at Crystal Beach was that of the missing woman by using fingerprints.
Relatives were devastated over the death of the well-known businesswoman, who is the second person to drown this year on the peninsula. The other person was a fisherman, whose name was not released, at Rollover Pass who was swept away by a strong current.
Just two years ago, the family grieved the loss of Mosely’s sister, Vanessa Nicole Melson, who was found brutally murdered after she went missing. In a Facebook post, Mosely stated her sister’s death was a cold case and that she was seeking help from the public in locating her sister’s killer.
A witness, Laura Blackburn, stated that she was saddened by the Palestine woman’s death as she watched helicopters fly back and forth over Crystal Beach, searching for Mosely.
A prayer candlelight vigil was held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Reagan Park in Palestine, located at 400 S. Micheaux Street.
[Featured Image by Brandy Mosely/Facebook]