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  1. #1
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    Dec 2005

    NC - Donald Brown, 35, Greenville, 8 June 2002


    Cold Case: Murder of Georgia Man in Pitt Co. Still Unsolved
    Investigators need help from public to find killer.

    Feb 28, 2006
    Kara Lusk
    WNCT-TV 9

    On August 6, 2003 some contractors clearing land along Highway 102 near Ayden, came across a disturbing find.

    A backhoe dug up human remains-- bones and remnants of clothes. Investigators got down in the dirt-- searching for even the smallest of clues.

    "You have to sit there and sort and try to determine what is key to your case and what just may be a piece of trash somebody has thrown in there," said Lt. Karen Kilpatrick, with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office.


    Investigators searched through missing persons records.


    "Once the remains were identified as Donald Brown's, investigators faced another challenge to find the killer. Brown was not from Pitt County. So detectives had to expand their investigation to Georgia, where brown's family still lives today.

    Sonji Brown of Stone Mountain, Georgia-- was used to being alone with her three children. Her husband Donald -- or "Danny"-- as she called him-- worked out of state.

    Brown was doing contract work for Cox Communications in Greenville, North Carolina.

    Mrs. Brown shared pictures with Non On Your Side's Kara Lusk. One picture was taken shortly after the birth of their son Dante. It was the first and only time Brown would see the son he always wanted.


    One of the last places Brown was seen alive-- the West Point Apartments in Greenville. He had been at a get-together with some co-workers the night of Saturday June 8, 2002. That was the last time Brown and her husband talked by phone.

    "He was happy that night I spoke with him," said Brown. "Then that Sunday I called and he didn't pick up the phone, and it just went right to voicemail. I really got concerned that Monday when I called and left him a message."


    If you have any information on the murder of Donald Brown, call Pitt-Greenville Crimestoppers at 252-758-7777. You don't have to give your name-- just your information. A $1,000 reward is being offered in this case.
    Last edited by bessie; 08-17-2013 at 08:42 PM. Reason: snipped to comply wit copyright rule

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Who Dat Nation
    Brand new article on this case.

    Bones lie on a barn roof behind Major Crimes Unit Sgt. K.L. Kilpatrick, right,
    as she talks with Crime Scene Investigator W. Moore as they continue the investigation
    of possible human remains off of N.C. 102 West in Ayden on Thursday.
    The bones are on the roof because workers tossed them up there thinking they were animal bones.
    (Jessica Webb)
    Digging Up Decade Old Mystery
    The Daily Reflector
    By Kristin Zachary
    Monday, August 5, 2013
    A human torso with a forearm bearing a wrist watch was found under the bucket of the front-end loader.
    Soon, a bullet was discovered wrapped in a blanket with a partial skeleton, and a human remains search turned into a homicide investigation.

    Nearly two years after the bones were unearthed in Ayden and three years after Brown was reported missing, DNA results on July 7, 2005, finally attached an identity to the remains.

    “The investigation did develop possible suspects,” the detective said. But 10 years later, no arrest has been made.
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