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Fighting for Dannarriah

By Bobby Tingle and Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader

 

As active leads are checked 14 years after her murder, Orange has not forgot Dannarriah Finley.

Finley was four years old when she went missing around 10 a.m. on July 4, 2002. Her body was found four days later on Pleasure Island. She had been kidnapped, raped, and brutally murdered.

One man, Courtney Zetar, of Orange, wants to help bring closure to her family.

Zetar is currently raising funds for a documentary of the incident.

“Looking at the information of the case on line and seeing the photos prompted me,” Zetar said. “It is time to find out answers.”

The film, which will debut at Orange Showbiz Cinema upon completion, is currently in research stages.

A gofundme account has been set up to assist with production and equipment costs associated with the creation of the film.

Initially, Finley’s mother objected to the documentary.

“Her mother at first objected, she feels like fingers are pointed at her,” Zetar said. “Other media have not cooperated so she is cooperating.”

Zetar also said Officer Chris Arnold, of Orange Police Department, a cousin of the victim, is also cooperating with the production.

“The end goal is justice,” Zetar said. “While I have no specific date for the film to be finished, I want to have it completed within a year.”

Zetar has produced two other films, a historical film, The Blue Line based on Coach Thompson and WO-S football and Overshadowed, about Justin Sibley. Overshadowed has been Zetar’s most successful and was shown locally at Orange Cinema.

The film has been released on DVD and proceeds from the sales will benefit the funding of the current documentary.

“My heart goes out to her family as I try to bring closure with a film about their little Angel,” Zetar wrote on a gofundme page for Fighting for Dannarriah. www.gofundme.com/2g6dav7j

According to the fundraising site, Zetar is hoping to raise $3,000.