Tip leads to search for Michael Brown in Hollins area

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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Law enforcement responded to a possible sighting of Michael Brown in the Beaumont Road area of Hollins on Wednesday morning, Nov. 20.

Authorities searched the area, but the U.S. Marshals Service said the search did not produce anything that could be linked to Brown at this time.

Brown is accused of murdering his mother’s boyfriend, Rodney Brown, in Franklin County on Nov. 9. So far, the search has produced about 270 leads. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, the last confirmed lead was the recovery of Michael Brown’s RV on Nov. 14.

Acting U.S. Marshal Brad Sellers noted that there have been reported sightings of Michael Brown since then, but when authorities investigated they were unable to confirm that Brown had been in the area.

WFXR spoke with a resident of the Hollins neighborhood searched on Wednesday morning. The longtime resident, who asked not to be identified, says she spotted a man carrying a rifle that she believes he left on her neighbor’s property.

“When he got back in the truck, he didn’t have the rifle anymore. So I guess he just left it in there. I don’t know what that was all about,” said the neighbor.

The man then left the area. She says because he was wearing a hood, she did not get a good look at the man.

Sellers said that the investigation was ongoing and declined to confirm whether a rifle was discovered in the neighborhood near Hollins on Wednesday.

He says that because of the nature of Brown’s charges, there would continue to be a large presence of authorities following up on possible leads. He also noted that the public’s involvement and assistance in the search for Brown was appreciated.

Many are hoping for a peaceful resolution to the search for Brown.

“I don’t know all the details of it. I try not to judge,” said another neighbor. “I guess right now he’s just in survival instinct and hopefully everything will turn out okay and no one else gets hurt,” he said.

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