ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The U.S. Marshals Service said the hunt for accused Franklin County murderer and military deserter Michael Brown will not stop, even though there have been no confirmed sightings in a week.
Brown is accused of deserting from the Marines and later killing his mother’s boyfriend, Rodney Brown, on Nov. 9.
Brad Sellers, acting U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Virginia, said Brown has not been seen since last Thursday when Roanoke Schools shutdown following a sighting near Patrick Henry High School.
“There has been no sighting of Mr. Brown since the discovery of the RV,” he said, referring to the vehicle Brown is believed to have driven from South Carolina to Roanoke last week. “Not in our district, not in another state. So we don’t have a confirmed sighting.”
Sellers said recent activity involving law enforcement has been based on leads, but have not resulted in confirmed sightings of Brown.
Referring to Wednesday’s investigation in the Hollins neighborhood, the Marshals Service said there was no criminal activity associated with the police response.
“It was suspicious activity. We simple ran that through,” Sellers noted. “We are going to continue to do that. We are going to search areas in which there is a sighting or suspicious activity, along with our state, local, and federal partners.”
Agencies involved with the search for Brown include the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Roanoke City Police, Virginia State Police, the FBI, and NCIS.
“As you see that, it’s not an indication that that’s the only thing that’s happening,” Sellers said. “We’re working through leads. We’ve roughly had 280 leads, investigative actions since our involvement in this case.”
Most of the leads were focused in the area where the RV was located, he said.
Sellers said the public should call tips in quickly instead of waiting.
“We are getting tips of, ‘Yesterday, I might have saw him at the gas station,'” he said, adding that the Marshals and other agencies need “more rapid calls.” The reason is to more easily chase down the lead.
False reports are a crime, Sellers said, noting that it wastes resources that could be used to find Brown.
Sellers reminded the public that harboring Brown is a crime.
“Mr. Brown is a fugitive. It should be well known to anyone who comes across him, has any type of interaction with him.”
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