PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - You've heard it said that 'time heals all wounds,' but the family of a murdered Portsmouth man wants you to know that's not true. There is only one thing that can help them begin to heal, and that is finding his body.
The Britt family has just upped the reward to $30,000 for information that will bring home the remains of James Britt.
A lifelong bachelor, Jim Britt lived and worked from his home in the quiet neighborhood of Sterling Point in Portsmouth. His home on Moonlit Drive is the last place Britt's brother says anyone saw him alive, two years and two months ago.
"It's bad enough the family has to go through the heartbreak of losing a loved one; it multiplies exponentially when you don't have that loved one to bury," William Britt told WAVY.com
Despite the lost body, a jury found Freddie Lee Hall, Jr. guilty of murdering Britt this winter. Hall, like Britt, was in the used car business and traveled from his home in Florida to Hampton Roads frequently. Police found Hall in possession of two of Britt's prized personal cars -- a Corvette and a Jaguar -- but the killer is keeping quiet.
William Britt took 10 On Your Side inside his brother's home just weeks after Jim disappeared. You could see blood peeking through the fresh paint on the walls, bleach stains on the carpet and the bare floor where someone had cut out a piece of carpet large enough to roll a body inside.
William says surely Hall had some help.
"I beg anybody, if they know anything about the whereabouts of my brothers remains to come forth and give us that information. My mother is getting older, I do not want my Mother to go to her grave not knowing where my brother is," William said.
He knows their minds will never rest.
"Be it once, twice, a hundred times or a million times a day, it's always going to be on your mind that you lost a loved one to violence," said William.
But if they find Jim, give him a proper burial, then finally, he will rest in peace.
The family will pay the reward to anyone who gives information to police that leads to Jim Britt's remains.
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