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    Carolyn Denise Brown
    Missing since July 16, 1985 from Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County, Florida.
    Classification: Endangered Missing




    Vital Statistics
    • Date Of Birth: September 6, 1957
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 27 years old
    • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'6; 180 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Black female. Black hair; brown eyes. Carolyn wears eyeglasses.
    • Dentals: She has a gap in front teeth



    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Carolyn was married to James Michael Brown in 1985. They had three children together; Sheketa, Barry and Brandon.
    Carolyn and the children disappeared on July 16, 1985. James was initially missing with his family, but he resurfaced in the Port St. Lucie area several weeks afterwards. James told authorities that he shot Carolyn while she slept inside their home during the night of their disappearances. James said that Brandon was sleeping beside his mother; he claimed that he smothered the child with a pillow, then buried both of their bodies in Belle Glade, Florida. James told investigators that he drove Sheketa and Barry to Georgia along Interstate 95 on July 17, three days after Carolyn and Brandon were murdered. James said he shot Barry in the head and his daughter in the face, then disposed of their remains along the highway.
    A jury acquitted James in Carolyn and Sheketa's deaths in late 1985. He was never charged with Brandon and Barry's homicides, as authorities were not certain of the location of the presumed murders. Extensive searches of the areas produced no evidence as to the family's whereabouts.
    A court-appointed psychiatrist diagnosed him as a paranoid schizophrenic. James was committed to a Florida mental health facility after the court's decision in 1985. He was moved to a halfway house in 1996 and released from the program in 1997. James has been under investigation since his release for psychotic episodes. Carolyn, Sheketa, Brandon and Barry have never been located.


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    Barry Michael Brown
    Missing since July 16, 1985 from Port St. Lucie, Florida
    Classification: Endangered Missing



    Vital Statistics Date Of Birth: December 29, 1978
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 6 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 3'6 (107 cm.); 55 lbs. (25 kg.)
    <LI>Distinguishing Characteristics: Black male. Black hair; brown eyes.

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Barry, his mother, Carolyn and his two siblings, Brandon and Sheketa, disappeared from Port St. Lucie, Florida on July 16, 1985. Foul play is suspected in all of their disappearances.
    James Michael Brown, the father of the Brown children and the husband of Caroline, confessed to murdering all four of the victims. James stated that he killed Caroline and Brandon first, placing their bodies somewhere near West Palm Beach, Florida. James claimed that he then drove to Georgia and murdered Sheketa and Barry, placing their bodies somewhere along Interstate 95. No sign of any of the victims has been discovered.
    James was found not guilty of four counts of murder by reason of insanity by mental defect in late 1985. A court-appointed psychiatrist diagnosed him as paranoid schitzophrenic. James claimed he was hearing voices in his head at the time of the murders, something which has continued in the years proceeding the killings as well. He was committed to a mental hospital in Florida after being found not guilty and was moved to a halfway house in 1996. James was released from the halfway house in 1997, but was under investigation for exhibiting psychotic behavior after his initial release. The decision concerning his return to the halfway house was pending in 1998.




    Brandon Mitchell Brown
    Missing since July 16, 1985 from Port St. Lucie, Florida
    Classification: Endangered Missing



    Vital Statistics Date Of Birth: December 18, 1983
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 1 year old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 2'0 (61 cm.); 30 lbs. (14 kg.)
    <LI>Distinguishing Characteristics: Black male. Black hair; brown eyes.

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Brandon, his mother, Carolyn and his two siblings, Barry and Sheketa, disappeared from Port St. Lucie, Florida on July 16, 1985.
    James Michael Brown, the father of the Brown children and the husband of Carolyn, confessed to murdering all four of the victims. James stated that he killed Carolyn and Brandon first, placing their bodies somewhere near West Palm Beach, Florida. James claimed that he then drove to Georgia and murdered Sheketa and Barry, placing their bodies somewhere along Interstate 95. No sign of any of the victims has been discovered.
    James was found not guilty of four counts of murder by reason of insanity by mental defect in late 1985. A court-appointed psychiatrist diagnosed him as paranoid schitzophrenic. James claimed he was hearing voices in his head at the time of the murders, something which has continued in the years proceeding the killings as well. He was committed to a mental hospital in Florida after being found not guilty and was moved to a halfway house in 1996. James was released from the halfway house in 1997, but was under investigation for exhibiting psychotic behavior after his initial release. The decision concerning his return to the halfway house was pending in 1998.




    Sheketa Michele Brown
    Missing since July 16, 1985 from Port St. Lucie, Florida
    Classification: Endangered Missing



    Vital Statistics Date Of Birth: December 20, 1974
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 10 years old
    Height at Time of Disappearance: 4'6" (137 cm.); 65 lbs. (30 kg.)
    <LI>Distinguishing Characteristics: Black female. Black hair; brown eyes. Sheketa wears eyeglasses.

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Sheketa, her mother Carolyn and her two brothers, Barry Michael Brown and Brandon Mitchell Brown, disappeared from Port St. Lucie, Florida on July 16, 1985.
    James Michael Brown, the father of the Brown children and the husband of Caroline, confessed to murdering all four of the victims. James stated that he killed Caroline and Brandon first, placing their bodies somewhere near West Palm Beach, Florida. James claimed that he then drove to Georgia and murdered Sheketa and Barry, placing their bodies somewhere along Interstate 95. No sign of any of the victims has been discovered.
    James was found not guilty of four counts of murder by reason of insanity by mental defect in late 1985. A court-appointed psychiatrist diagnosed him as paranoid schitzophrenic. James claimed he was hearing voices in his head at the time of the murders, something which has continued in the years proceeding the killings as well. He was committed to a mental hospital in Florida after being found not guilty and was moved to a halfway house in 1996. James was released from the halfway house in 1997, but was under investigation for exhibiting psychotic behavior after his initial release. The decision concerning his return to the halfway house was pending in 1998.

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