Police searching door to door for suspected murderer, deserter Michael Brown; Marines release statement


UPDATE 6:15 P.M.: Police were on a scene between Pennsylvania and Lela Avenues in northeast Roanoke. Authorities have since cleared the area.

UPDATE 3:30 P.M.: The U.S. Marine Corps has released a statement on Michael Brown.

“On November 9, Franklin County Sherriff’s Department notified 8th Engineer Support Battalion that Cpl. Michael A. Brown is a person of interest in an ongoing death investigation.

Brown failed to report to his place of duty on October 24, and his status was recorded as absent without authorization (UA) by his unit twenty-four hours later on October 25. His whereabouts are unknown at this time.

Brown is a member of 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary force.

2nd Marine Logistics Group is aware of the situation pertaining to Cpl. Michael A. Brown and has been informed that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is assisting with the investigation.

The Marine Corps and 2nd Marine Logistics Group do not tolerate any actions inconsistent with the Marine Corps core values of honor, courage, and commitment. 2nd Marine Logistics Group takes this matter seriously and will provide additional releasable information as it becomes available.

– Captain Robert A. Vachon
Communications Strategy and Operations Officer, 2nd Marine Logistics Group

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The search for an alleged Franklin County murder suspect continues door to door a day after Roanoke schools closed and residents were told to shelter in place for hours.

At 1:45 p.m. Friday, crews were going door to door along Tillett Road Southwest searching for Brown.

“No, I don’t feel unsafe. But, like I say, it’s a little terrifying at times,” said Joyce Graybill, who has lived on Tillett Road for nearly 60 years.

She spent yesterday locked in her house, not leaving even to take out the trash.

Art Slaughter, who lives just down the street, says he and his wife spent yesterday doing much of the same after he spoke with an officer while walking the family dog, Tilly.

“And a police officer from across the street in an unmarked car said ‘sir!’ and I turned around and she said ‘you better go home.’ and I said ‘danger?’ and she said ‘possibly. Go home, get locked in, and don’t come out,'” said Slaughter.

“I mean this is normally a very quiet, safe neighborhood,” said his wife, Suzan. “And I think the most unnerving part to me was I just happened to glance out the window and I saw SWAT team members hiding behind trees back there. We counted four.”

Although the area is less tense Friday – Suzan and Art were able to take Tilly on his daily walk – the fact that brown is at-large makes the pair nervous to have their grandchildren over to the house.

“They would be over tomorrow, but since he hasn’t been caught yet, we’ll wait,” said Suzan.

Joyce says she wishes things would calm down, but hopes for Brown’s safety.

“I feel for him because, you know, of what he’s done. He’s put himself in this situation but I would rather they capture him than, you know, kill him,” said Joyce.

Brown is wanted in the murder of his mother’s boyfriend in Franklin County. A recreational vehicle connected to Brown was found in Roanoke Thursday, Nov. 14, and police say he was spotted in the same neighborhood as the RV. The neighborhood is also where Brown’s grandmother lives, according to Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones.

An all day search Thursday ended without Brown in custody. On Friday, schools in Roanoke City re-opened but the search for Brown is not over. Roanoke resident Janeil Bailey lives in the area near where the R.V. was found and took the following photos of officers searching the woods behind her house Friday morning and afternoon.

Multiple agencies have joined the Brown manhunt, including the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

Brown, a Marine, is accused of desertion by the military.

If you come in contact with Brown, call 911 immediately.


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