Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Donna Sumners, 25, was last seen on the night of February 1 after arguing with her husband, Monroe Sumners, 23, at their second-floor apartment in the Candleglow complex on Candlelight Boulevard.
Sumners grew up in Heflin, Alabama. Her 5-year-old son was staying there with family at the time of her disappearance. It was unlike Sumners not to call and check on him. When her family in Alabama had not heard from her for two days they reported her missing. They asked police to check on her. When authorities did, Sumners' husband, Monroe, told them Sumners had left.
Before Donna Sumners disappeared, police responded to Candleglow Apartments on three occasions. Donna told officers January 17, 1994, that Monroe had beaten her so badly that she could not hear from her left ear. There were other telltale signs of abuse, such as bruising. Yet Donna refused to press charges.
Donna met her husband Monroe Sumners while attending high school in Heflin. The two married and had a son. Monroe Sumners joined the Army and served in the Persian Gulf War. After his deployment, he worked as an Army Recruiter in Brooksville. Donna was not working at the time.
Shortly after she was beaten, Donna took her 5-year-old son and headed home to Alabama. But she came back to Brooksville weeks later to try to work out the problems in her marriage. Police returned to their apartment twice more.
Following Donna's disappearance, his jeep was wrecked and the inside of the vehicle was wet. Monroe's stories on why were inconsistent. There was also a small amount of blood on a rug inside the apartment. He refused to take a lie detector test.
Following her disappearance, Monroe moved to Virginia Beach with his sister. There he worked as a bartender. He committed suicide in July of 1994. He left a note apologizing to his son, but revealed nothing more.
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Brooksville Police Department
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