Pettinger, Brian Craig

Pettinger, Brian Craig

Male 1962 - 1987  (25 years)

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  • Name Pettinger, Brian Craig  [1, 2, 3
    Born 9 Nov 1962  Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Residence 19 Jan 1985  Newport News, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 4 Dec 1987  Newport News, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 4 Dec 1987  Suffolk, Suffolk, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 7, 8
    Buried Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I34413  Sackett | Descendants of Thomas Sacket the Elder, Descendants of Simon Sackett the Colonist
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2021 

    Father Living 
    Mother Living 
    Children 5 children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Pettinger, Brian Craig,   b. 9 Nov 1962, Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1987, Suffolk, Suffolk, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     4. Living
     5. Living
     
    Family ID F12274  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F25132  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Nov 1962 - Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 19 Jan 1985 - Newport News, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 4 Dec 1987 - Newport News, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Brian Craig Pettinger (1962-1987)
    Brian Craig Pettinger (1962-1987)
    Photo from 13 Dec 1987 Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia) article

  • Sources 
    1. [S305] Brian Sackett, Sackett, Brian.

    2. [S2389] Virginia, U.S., Death Records, 1912-2014, (Ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3), 23 Jan 2021.
      Name: Brian Craig Pettinger
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Death Age: 25
      Birth Date: 9 Nov 1962
      Birth Place: New York
      Death Date: 4 Dec 1987
      Death Place: Found in the James River, Suffolk, Virginia, USA
      Cause of Death: Drowning
      Residence: 406 Maryle Court, Newport News, Virginia, USA
      Registration Date: 10 Feb 1988
      Father: John Pettinger
      Mother: Carol Sackett
      Spouse: Jaqueline Pettinger
      Certificate Number: 1987045972
      Military Status: yes
      Informant: Wife

      Researched by Ted Smith

    3. [S2389] Virginia, U.S., Death Records, 1912-2014, (Ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3), 23 Jan 2021.
      Name: Brian Craig Pettinger
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Death Age: 25
      Birth Date: 9 Nov 1962
      Birth Place: New York
      Death Date: 4 Dec 1987
      Death Place: Found in the James River, Suffolk, Virginia, USA
      Cause of Death: Drowning (Homicide)
      Residence: 406 Maryle Court, Newport News, Virginia, USA
      Occupation: Security officer
      Registration Date: 10 Feb 1988
      Father: John Pettinger
      Mother: Carol Sackett
      Spouse: Jaqueline Pettinger
      Certificate Number: 1987045972
      Military Status: yes
      Burial: Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, Va.
      Informant: Wife

      Researched by Ted Smith

    4. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 23 Jan 2021.
      Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia), 4 Feb 1988, Page 15

      Mr. Brian C. Pettinger

      NEWPORT NEWS -- Mr. Brian Craig Pettinger, 25, of 406 Meryle Court, was found dead Monday.

      He was born in Rochester, N.Y., and had been a Peninsula resident for seven years.

      He was a security officer and an Army veteran.

      Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jacqueline Pettinger; his parents, John and Mrs. Carol S. Pettinger of Canandaigua, N.Y.; a sister, Miss Jill Pettinger of Canandaigua; and three brothers, Todd Pettinger, Glenn Pettinger and Steve Pettinger, all of Canandaigua.

      A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Weymouth Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Frank Forehand. Burial will follow in Hampton National Cemetery.

      The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

      The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 1835 K. St., S.W., Suite 600, Washington D.C.. 20006, (Attn. Fund Raising).

      Transcribed by Ted Smith

    5. [S543] Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com) (Reliability: 2), 23 Jan 2021.
      Memorial ID 117232841
      https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/117232841

      Brian C. Pettinger
      Birth 9 Nov 1962
      Death 4 Dec 1987 (aged 25)
      Burial
      Hampton National Cemetery
      Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia, USA

      Researched by Ted Smith

    6. [S2391] Virginia, U.S., Marriage Records, 1936-2014, (Ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3), 23 Jan 2021.
      Name: Brian Craig Pettinger
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Age: 22
      Birth Date: 9 Nov 1962
      Birth Place: New York, USA
      Residence: Newport News, Virginia
      Marriage Registration Place: Newport News, Virginia, USA
      Marriage Date: 19 Jan 1985
      Marriage Place: Newport News, Virginia, USA
      Father: John Fred Pettinger
      Mother: Carole Ann Sackett
      Spouse: Jacqueline Cheryl Fanton
      Certificate Number: 1985000499

      Name: Jacqueline Cheryl Fanton
      Gender: Female
      Race: White
      Age: 19
      Birth Date: 3 Mar 1965
      Birth Place: Virginia
      Residence: Newport News, Virginia
      Marriage Registration Place: Newport News, Virginia, USA
      Marriage Date: 19 Jan 1985
      Marriage Place: Newport News, Virginia, USA
      Father: Robert Eugene Fanton
      Mother: Utako Yamazaki
      Spouse: Brian Craig Pettinger
      Certificate Number: 1985000499

      Researched by Ted Smith

    7. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 23 Jan 2021.
      Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia), 13 Dec 1987, Page C3

      Wife seeks missing man

      Psychic consulted in disappearance

      By DAVID CIIERNICKY
      Staff Writer

      NEWPORT NEWS -- Jackie Pettinger has gone to police, hired a private investigator and even contacted a psychic in a desperate attempt to find her husband, who failed to return from an instructor's class at the Ballroom Dance Club the night of Dec. 4.

      "I want to do whatever I can to find him," Mrs. Pettinger said, sobbing over the uncertainty of not knowing what happened to Brian Pettinger, her husband of three years.

      Mrs. Pettinger, 22, does not want to believe the psychic, who told her that her 25-year-old husband was in danger. She would not elaborate on what the psychic told her.

      While police have yet to find evidence to suggest foul play, detectives have classified the disappearance as suspicious.

      Newport News Detective Bill Hayes, who has been investigating the case since early last week, acknowledges the circumstances are baffling.

      "When you have a disappearance like this, you start to look for reasons why, but up to this point we have not come up with a valid reason," Maj. J. D. Lftiford, a spokesman for Newport News police, said Friday. "So far we have not uncovered any problems that would indicate the disappearance was of his doing."

      For the wife, the emotional vigil continues. "I don't want [See Missing, Page C4]

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      to keep wondering if he's dead or not," Mrs. Pettinger said.

      It was shortly after 6:30 p.m. that Brian Pettinger told his wife goodbye as he left her parents' home near Menchville High School. Pettinger had dropped his wife off there and left to attend a class at the Ballroom Dance Club of Hampton, 4908-C W. Mercury Blvd.

      "Every Friday night there was a party at the club for students and instructors. As far as I knew, he was going to stay awhile, then come home," Mrs. Pettinger said.

      "That was the last time. There were no arguments or anything. We had plans for the weekend."

      Pettinger kept his appointment at the dance class and left, police say.

      Mrs. Pettinger spent most of the wee hours and Saturday driving around Newport News, looking for the truck.

      "I was up all night. Then I came home and kept looking for cars going by my house," she said. The couple rents a house near Fort Eustis.

      Sunday morning, Mrs. Pettinger located her husband's light-blue, 1983 Chevy S-10 pickup parked outside the Leggett Department Store at the Newmarket North mall, several hundred yards from the Ballroom Dance Club.

      On the floor of the pickup were two tickets to a dance show the couple had planned to attend that Saturday night.

      In their three years of marriage, Brian had left only once, Mrs. Pettinger said. Two years ago, the couple was having problems and she asked her husband to leave. He went to his parents in New York for three or four days. "But while he was gone, I talked to him every night," she said.

      Pettinger began work about a month ago at River Mews Apartments, where he did maintenance work, his wife said. Before that, he had worked for two private security companies.

      Mrs. Pettinger recalled her husband receiving death threat from people he had arrested for shoplifting.

      "Nothing makes sense. I want to know he's alive and well. don't want to keep wondering if he's dead or not."

      Police ask anyone with information about Pettinger's whereabouts to call Detective Hayes at 874-3330 or 247-8438 or Newport News Crime Line.

      Pettinger has blond hair and blue eyes, stands 5 feet 9 inched and weighs 150 pounds. He ha$ tattoos of three Oriental women on his right arm, a tattoo of a snake on the left arm and small tattoo of a sunset on the back of his left shoulder, police said.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith

    8. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 23 Jan 2021.
      Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York), 6 Feb 1988, Page 1B

      Ex-Canandaigua man found dead in Virginia river

      By Craig Gordon
      Democrat and Chronicle

      The body of a former Canandaigua man was found this week in a Virginia river bound at the ankles and wrists but police don't know who killed him or why.

      Brian C. Pettinger, 25, was found Monday after being missing since Dec. 4, according to reports in the Daily Press in Newport News, Va. A rope was found around his neck, but an autopsy report lists drowning as the cause of death.

      Two fishermen found Pettinger's body in a marshy area on the bank of the James River in Suffolk, near Newport News, where he had lived, the reports said. Pettinger left the upstate area in 1980.

      The body was identified using fingerprints. Pettinger was wearing only a pair of socks and a dress shirt, reports said.

      Until Pettinger was found, his family had hoped he somehow would return after being missing for two months, said Pettinger's father, John.

      "We've hoped against hope against (this)," John Pettinger said last night in Canandaigua. "It's been kind of the suspicion from the start, but you never have any tangible proof."

      An autopsy showed Pettinger's body probably had been in the river from two weeks to two months, reports said. It also had a gash on the back of the head, but officials didn't know if that happened before or after Pettinger was put in the river.

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      Suffolk police Lt. William Freeman said yesterday police still hadn't established a motive for the killing but were looking at some possible suspects.

      "We're following up some pretty strong leads right now," Freeman said, but he refused to elaborate. He said police were hoping for a break in the case by Tuesday or Wednesday.

      Pettinger, a security officer who lived in Newport News with his wife, Jackie, was last seen Dec. 4 after attending a class at a ball room dance club in the nearby town of Hampton, reports said.

      Jackie Pettinger suspected something had happened to him and immediately called police. Two days later, she found her husband's 1983 Chevrolet pickup truck in a mall parking lot near the dance club. The handle to the driver's side door was almost broken off, reports said.

      It was two long months before anyone would know what had happened, and John Pettinger said it was a difficult time.

      "The whole thing has been a shock to us, the whole way everything has gone," he said. But on the advice of police, Pettinger said he could not talk about the circumstances of the case.

      Brian Pettinger left Canandaigua in 1980 when he joined the Army for a four-year hitch. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and eventually was stationed at a base in Newport News, where he met Jackie and married her, his father said.

      Pettinger enjoyed his years in the Army, and in his free time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and more recently gardening, his father said.

      Along with his wife and father, Pettinger is survived by his mother, Carole Pettinger; three brothers, Glen, Todd and Steve; a sister, Jill; and grandparents, Dee Remsen and John and Marjorie Pettinger.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith


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