Update: 11/15/19 9 a.m.
Michael Alexander Brown is wanted in Franklin County with a charge of murder, second degree, and there is now a federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $10,000 reward for direct information leading to the location and apprehension of the fugitive.
On Thursday, Roanoke Police were alerted that murder suspect Michael Brown had been seen in the Grandin Road area near Patrick Henry High School. A call reporting a suspicious suspect was received in the city's E-911 Center at approximately 12:48 a.m. Police began investigating in the area and determined that a shelter-in-place order needed to be issued to the area within a half-mile of Patrick Henry High School.
A reverse 911 call was made to residents at 4:39 a.m. to alert them of possible danger in the area, and to urge them to shelter in place. Roanoke City Public Schools made the decision to cancel school for the day and placed a robocall alerting parents, caregivers and students at 5:35 a.m.
Members of the press in Roanoke were alerted, and at 7 a.m. a press conference was held at Virginia Heights Elementary School. During the press conference, Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones shared photos and information about Brown, and reminded the public to be vigilant, lock their vehicles and lock their homes.
Law enforcement continued to search the area for Brown. A second press conference was held at 1 p.m. at Virginia Heights Elementary School. During that press conference, Chief Jones and Acting Chief Deputy Matthew Davis from the U.S. Marshals Service of the Western District of Virginia addressed the media and the public about the search for Brown. Brown was urged to turn himself in.
At 3 p.m., the shelter-in-place order for the Grandin Road area was lifted, but Roanoke Police continued to urge residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity. Residents were also reminded to lock their vehicles and homes. The search for Brown continued Thursday night.
The following agencies were thanked for assisting the City of Roanoke: Roanoke Police Department, Roanoke County Police Department SWAT, Roanoke Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Southwest Virginia Incident Management Team, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Roanoke Fire-EMS, Roanoke E-911, Virginia Communications Cache, Roanoke City Public Schools, the American Red Cross, FBI, U.S. Marshals Office, Naval Criminal Investigation Services (NCIS), Immigrations Customs Enforcement, and the Department of Homeland Security.
Also the city thanked its residents who provided information and to the businesses that supported the search effort. If anyone has any information, call the USMS Tips Line: 1-877-926-8332 or 911.
Update: 11/14/19 5 p.m.
The shelter in place for the Grandin Road area near Patrick Henry High School has been lifted, but the Roanoke Police Department urges residents to remain vigilant, report any suspicious activity, and remember to lock vehicles and homes.
Also, Franklin County Schools released the following message this afternoon to parents:
"As you may have heard, Roanoke City Police are currently looking for a murder suspect in the Roanoke Valley area.
"We have been working closely with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department and have exercised precautionary measures such as keeping children inside and providing additional law enforcement presence at some schools. The Sheriff and I believe that these are the appropriate measures to take at this time. We will keep you informed if we need to take a more serious posture; however at this time, our school day will continue to operate under normal schedule and protocols."
Update 11/14/19 1 p.m.:
On Thursday, the Roanoke Police Department held a press conference regarding the situation on the whereabouts of Michael Alexander Brown.
Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones gave an update about the situation near Patrick Henry High School.
This is not a school shooting or a school incident. Police are merely using Patrick Henry High School as a staging area. Roanoke city schools are closed today and all school activities have been canceled due to these circumstances.
Police are searching for Brown. He is considered armed and dangerous.
If anyone sees him or have information about his whereabouts, call 1-877-926-8332 or 911. A vehicle he was driving was discovered on Tillett Road. Police believe he may be on foot in the area. Residents are asked to use extreme caution, lock all doors and be on the lookout.
There is a $10,000 reward by the U.S. Marshals for information leading to the apprehension of Brown.
According to Franklin County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshals received information Tuesday that Michael Alexander Brown may be operating a recreational vehicle (RV) and pulling an enclosed trailer in the area of Clarendon County, S.C.
Later that evening, agents observed an enclosed trailer abandoned on the side of the road on Governor Richardson Road in Clarendon County. Closer inspection of the trailer revealed the 2008 black Lincoln Town Car inside.
Investigators secured the vehicle and obtained a search warrant. On Thursday shortly after midnight, officers located the recreational vehicle in Roanoke.
According to Roanoke police, the vehicle was cleared by tactical assets.
Brown is believed to be seeking transportation or on foot in the Roanoke area.
Brown is a veteran and is able to navigate around and change his appearance.
Any contact with Brown should be reported to law enforcement immediately. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 352-5139.
The sheriff’s office is working closely with numerous agencies in Virginia and North Carolina in the ongoing search for Michael Brown. Those agencies include: U.S. Marshals, FBI and NCIS as well as numerous other local agencies.
Although the focus is currently in Virginia and North Carolina, this is a nationwide search. Brown could be on the move, and the search could expand as evidence and tips continue to come in.
Numerous interviews have been conducted with neighbors, family, friends and acquaintances, and tips are being followed up on as they come in.
Update 11/11/19, 10 a.m.: The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant today of second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for Brown in connection to the homicide of Rodney Brown on Saturday.
Charges may be modified as additional evidence is received and evaluated.
The public is urged to use extreme caution if contact is made with Michael Brown as he is considered armed and dangerous.
Update 11/10/19, 1 p.m.: On 11/9/19 just before noon, Rodney Brown was shot and killed at his residence on Woodthrush Cir. in Hardy. The suspect is Michael Alexander Brown, the son of Rodney Brown’s live-in girlfriend.
It is currently unclear what the motive is for the death of Rodney.
Michael Brown is a former Marine and was last stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Around Oct. 18, Michael Brown deserted his post at Camp Lejeune where he served as a combat engineer. He has been seen in and around Franklin County in the past two weeks.
It is unknown where Michael Brown may be headed or where he has been staying since leaving his post. He has been known to live in the woods and frequent National Parks and National Forest.
He is believed to be armed with a high-powered rifle and may have access to other weapons.
Anyone having contact with Michael Brown should use extreme caution and contact law enforcement immediately. He has recently been driving a 2008 black Lincoln Town Car with a possible North Carolina license plate, EHP-4877.
Anyone with information on this homicide or the location of Michael Brown is urged to contact Sgt. Nolen at (540) 483-6662.
Update 11/9/19, 10:08 p.m.: The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has received additional information that indicates Michael Brown is no longer operating the white Cadillac. New information obtained this evening is that he parked the white vehicle a while back and may possibly be operating a black 2008 Lincoln Town Car.
Original: The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for a Michael Alexander Brown, 22, with a last known address of Woodthrush Cir. in Hardy. He is a person of interest in a homicide case.
Today at approximately 12 p.m., the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting call on Woodthrush Circle in the Hardy community of Franklin County.
The call was placed by a family member that found the home owner deceased at the scene.
Anyone coming in to contact with Brown should use extreme caution and notify local law enforcement immediately. He is described as the following:
Height: 6’ 00”
Weight: 145 lbs.
Brown owns a 1976 Cadillac which is white in color. There are no license plates registered to Michael and his direction of travel is currently unknown.
The case is currently under investigation, and additional information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.
Anyone with information on this homicide or the location of Michael Alexander Brown is urged to contact Sgt. Nolen at (540) 483-6662.