Danielle Tamara Brown

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Above Images: Brown, circa 2010

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 5, 2010 from Tallahassee, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: August 30, 1988
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Auburn/red hair, brown eyes. Brown has tattoos on her right foot and her back. Her ears are pierced.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A yellow South Pole shirt, South Pole blue jeans and designer high-heeled sneakers. Carrying a purple Boost Mobile cellular phone, a key ring with a teddy bear and other charms attached, a brown and beige Coach wallet and a brown and gold Coach purse.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Brown was last seen leaving her residence in the 7200 block of Springhill Road in Tallahassee, Florida at 8:30 p.m. on February 5, 2010. She was driving her father's silver 1994 Buick LeSabre with the Florida license plate number 694YBX. She was with her ex-boyfriend, Elijah James III, at the time. Brown's last contact was when she spoke with a friend on her cellular phone at 11:35 p.m. She said she was dropping James off at his mother's home in the 7000 block of King Post Way in Miccosukkee, Florida. Brown has never been heard from again.

    On February 8, Brown's car was found abandoned at the Pavo City Refuse Site in Pavo, Georgia. The vehicle's license plate, vehicle identification number and one armrest had been removed and the interior had been intentionally burned; an accelerant was used. There was no sign of Brown at the scene, but her blood was on the driver's seat, on the driver's side window and in the trunk. James had been seen driving the car after her disappearance, and he was charged with arson in Georgia and grand theft in Florida. Later, the theft charge was dropped, as authorities aren't sure in which state he stole the car. On February 15, Brown's cellular phone and pieces of her driver's license turned up on the roadside in Beachton, Georgia, just over the Florida state line. The other belongings she carried are still missing. Authorities reclassified Brown's case from a missing person to a homicide a month after her disappearance.

    James and Brown met about five years before her disappearance. He lived with her for six months in 2007, until he was arrested for cocaine possession and incarcerated for fifteen months. He admitted he had a drug problem. After his release, he violated probation when he tested positive for marijuana in June 2009 and was jailed until November. Brown's friends stated they weren't romantically involved when she disappeared and she was only trying to assist him with his life.

    James was convicted of the arson of Brown's car in February 2011. A short time later, he was charged with her murder. He was tried in the spring of 2013. The prosecution introduced DNA evidence from Brown's car and from a shovel James had bought the day after her disappearance; her blood was on the blade. James was convicted of second-degree murder; the prosecution had sought a first-degree murder verdict and the death penalty. He was sentenced to life in prison.

    Brown graduated from the North Florida Cosmetology Institute. Prior to her disappearance, she maintained daily contact with her family. It's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning and foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.

    James
    Above: Elijah James III

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Leon County Sheriff's Office
    850-922-3300

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    Source Information
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    Leon County Sheriff's Office
    The Tallahassee Democrat
    WCTV
    WJHG 7
    Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 15, 2017; picture added, clothing/jewelry description updated.

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