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FROM STAFF REPORTS
ROCKY MOUNT, VIRGINIA - A 22-year-old AWOL Marine wanted in connection to a homicide in Virginia came through but is no longer thought to be in Clarendon County, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Rocky Mount.
A trailer that was being pulled by an RV driven by Michael Alexander Brown, who is wanted in connection to the killing of his mother's boyfriend in Virginia, was found abandoned in the Summerton area Sunday evening. FCSO lists Brown as a former Marine who was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina before he deserted his post as a combat engineer about Oct. 18, less than a month before the shooting.
According to FCSO, U.S. Marshals received information on Nov. 11 that Brown may have been operating an RV and pulling an enclosed trailer in the Clarendon County area. Later Sunday evening, agents spotted an enclosed trailer abandoned on the side of the road on Gov. Richardson Road west of Summerton. On closer inspection, the agents discovered the trailer contained the 2008 Lincoln Town Car that authorities in Virginia thought Brown had been driving shortly after the killing.
Brown is wanted on a second-degree murder charge and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Capt. Phillip Young with FCSO said the RV that Brown may have been driving in Clarendon County was found abandoned in Virginia early Thursday morning.
"The RV was found in the City of Roanoke early today," Young said. "Brown is still at large."
The search for Brown is now focused in and around Roanoke, according to FCSO.
According to Virginia authorities, a family member discovered the body of Rodney Wilfred Brown, 54, on Nov. 9 about noon. He had been shot to death at his home on Woodthrush Circle in Hardy, Virginia. Later that day, Michael Brown, whose last known address was listed on Woodthrush Circle, was named as a "person of interest" in Rodney Brown's death. He is the son of Rodney Brown's live-in girlfriend.
The day after the shooting, authorities warned that Brown may be armed with a high-powered rifle with access to additional weapons and that anyone in contact with him should use "extreme caution and contact law enforcement immediately."
In an update from FCSO on Thursday afternoon, Brown is still considered armed and dangerous, and anyone coming into contact with him is to call authorities immediately.
FCSO is working with multiple agencies in its nationwide search for Michael Brown, including the U.S. Marshals, FBI and NCIS.
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