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Missing Tallahassee Woman: UPDATE

Updated 6:18 p.m. 3-3-10 by Lanetra Bennett

A month after a Tallahassee woman disappeared, authorities say their search and commitment to finding her continues.

Leon County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson SGT Tony Drzewiecki said, "The passage of time does not deter us from our end goal."

That end goal is finding 21-year-old Danielle Brown.
That passage of time is exactly one month.

Brown was last seen February 5th leaving her home on Springhill Road in Tallahassee.

Whitney Chastaine lives off of Springhill Road, and can't help but think about the missing woman as she walks along that same street.

Chastaine said, "When I heard that she went missing, it's very sad. That could've been one of my kids and she is a child to somebody. I think it's good that they're still trying to find her. I don't think they should give up that easy."

Leon County deputies say they haven't given up, and it hasn't been easy.

SGT Drzewiecki said, "In a lot of ways, this investigation is unprecedented for its scope. You're dealing with two states, several law enforcement agencies from several different counties, all working together for the same goal; and that's to find Danielle Brown and find answers for her family."

On February 8th, three days after Brown's disappearance, her car was found at the Pavo, Georgia dump with the license plate removed.

Thirty-five year-old Elijah James, who authorities called her on again, off again boyfriend, is charged with stealing and burning Brown's car.

Authorities and community members have searched Miccosukee, Florida; and more than 100 officers sifted through garbage in landfills in Thomas County.

"Hopefully they'll find her because I know she's got a family." Said, Chastaine.

Pieces of Brown's driver's license and her cell phone were found in Beachton, Georgia on February 15th.

But, deputies still need more pieces of the entire puzzle to resolve her disappearance.

Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward. Anyone with any information in the case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

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Updated 12:30p.m 2-26

There are no updates at this time.

We will have more information as soon as it becomes available.

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UPDATED 2.25.10 7:15pm by Julie Montanaro

There is now a five thousand dollar reward being offered for information that leads to Danielle Brown, a Tallahassee woman who has been missing for nearly three weeks now.

LCSO today released a more detailed timeline of the activities of Elijah James, an ex-boyfriend and a person of interest in Brown's disappearance.

They also released surveillance photos of James and a friend as they stopped at the Circle K in Bradfordville at 5:47 the morning after Brown disappeared.

Detectives say the have identified the friend and talked to him, but say they don't have any reason to believe he is involved in Brown's disappeareance.

Detectives revealed today that James, who is currently behind bars, was in Wacissa and Waukeenah in Jefferson County between 1 and 4 a.m. the night Brown disappeared, and was in Monticello the next day between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

They're hoping someone out and about in the early morning hours remembers seeing James either with or without Danielle Brown.

The sheriff is hoping the new timeline, coupled with the reward, will motivate folk to talk and generate some new leads.

"If Joe Blow the stranger ... this is an early morning hour ... came riding by and saw somebody ... these are not metro areas that are gonna have a great deal of traffic at that time. They saw this Buick and saw him in it or saw he and her in it, whatever, saw it in a particular location we'd really be interested in it," Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell said.

Here is the timeline released by the sheriff today:

Friday, February 5th, 11:30pm: Danielle Brown leaves her house on Springhill Road. Brown was driving a 1984 silver Buick and Elijah James was in the car with her.

Friday, February 5th, 11:40pm: Brown talks to a friend on her cell phone. Says she is taking James to his mother's house on King Post Way in Miccosukkee. Friend says Brown and James are in the midst of a heated argument.

Saturday, February 6th, 1:00am: Brown's car spotted in Miccosukkee

Saturday, February 6th, 1:30-4am: Brown's car was in Wacissa and Waukeenah in Jefferson County.

Saturday, February 6th, 5:45am: James and a friend stop at the Circle K in Bradfordville to buy a case of beer. Brown's Buick is plainly seen parked outside.

Saturday, February 6th, 8:45am: James parks Brown's car in front of his sister's house on North County Line Road in Pavo, Georgia

Saturday, February 6th, 11:30pm: James leaves in Brown's car and drives to another sister's house on North Roberts Street in Pavo, Georgia. Spends the night there.

Sunday, February 7th, 9am- 2pm: Investigative leads place James in Monticello, Florida

Sunday, February 7th, 6:30pm: James seen walking away from city dump in Pavo, Georgia

Monday, February 8th, 10am: Brown's car found abandoned and torched at city dump in Pavo, Georgia

Monday, February 8th: James arrested at his mother's home in Miccosukkee and charged with arson in Georgia

Sheriff Campbell said they will not stop the search for Danielle Brown until they find her or collect enough evidence to charge someone with her murder.

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Updated 2:25p.m 2-25

The Leon County Sheriff's Office is now offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads them to Danielle Brown.

They also released a detailed timeline Thursday of the movement of person of interest Elijah James.

The Sheriff's Office will be releasing surveillance photos of James and a friend buying beer at the Bradfordville Circle K the morning after Browns disappearance.

The photos clearly show Brown's car parked outside. We will post those as soon as we have them.

We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

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Updated 10:50a.m 2-25

Information provided by LCSO:

This afternoon at 2:00p.m., Sheriff Larry Campbell will brief the media on the status of the investigation into the disappearance of Danielle Brown.

Be sure to check out WCTV and Eyewitness News for more details.
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Updated 11:45 p.m. 2/22/2010

There are no updates at this time.

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Updated 7:52a.m 2-22

LCSO Press Release:

This past Thursday, February 18, 2010 and Friday February 19, 2010, over 150 law enforcement officers and volunteers with the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Wildlife Commission, Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Thomas County Emergency Medical Survives, Thomas County Fire Rescue, Thomas Correctional Institute, Pavo Police Department, Tallahassee Fire Department, Wiregrass Chapter of the American Red Cross, City of Thomasville Sanitation Department and landfill employees searched the Thomas County Landfill for evidence related to the disappearance of Danielle Brown.

During the search of the landfill several items of interest were located and turned over to Leon County Sheriff’s Detectives.

These items of interest will be examined to determine if they are connected to the criminal investigation into the disappearance of Brown.

As was reported by many media organizations; a purse was found during the search of the landfill on Friday afternoon. A preliminary evaluation of the purse has revealed that it is not connected to this investigation.

“I want to thank the many agencies, law enforcement officers and volunteers for their invaluable assistance and dedication to the mission of finding Danielle Brown. This investigation is unprecedented in Leon County in its scope and the multi-jurisdictional cooperative efforts of first responders from many disciplines. These first responders and citizen volunteers represent many communities and have worked diligently toward the common goal of finding Danielle” said Sheriff Larry Campbell.

“The thorough and exhaustive efforts of law enforcement officers from Florida and Georgia have produced valuable investigative leads. Our
commitment to uncovering the truth of what happened to Danielle remains unwavering.”

While the ground search phase of this investigation has been suspended, detectives will be evaluating all the investigative information and evidence gathered thus far.

This investigative evaluation will include forensic analysis of possible evidence which will be conducted by the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement.

Anyone who may have seen Elijah James or Brown’s 1994 Silver Buick after Friday February 5, 2010, is asked to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 922-3300 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.
Tips may also be submitted at the Missing Person-Danielle Brown web page at www.leoncountyso.com.
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Update 7:30a.m 2-22

Deputies say the brown and gold Coach handbag found in the landfill did not belong to Danielle Brown.

We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
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Update 5:30 p.m. 2-19 by Julie Montanaro

Two days of sifting through garbage may have paid off as search crews hunt for clues in the disappearance of Danielle Brown.

The 21- year- old was last seen in the company of her ex-boyfriend Elijah James.

There's been no sign of Brown since February 5th, but Friday search crews may have found a critical clue.

It's a daunting task. A pile of trash 30 feet tall and one acre wide.

Search crews are looking for any sign of Danielle Brown.

From the plates off her car to her high heel sneakers.

Why here?

They found Brown's cell phone and license on Old Beachton Road and the dumpsters on the corner are dumped here.

"There were two dumpsters located there. And we're now trying to rule out or see if something was put in those two dumpsters," said Thomas County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Steve Jones.

At about 11:30 Friday morning, the raking and sifting suddenly stopped.
Someone found a Coach bag with a white handle.

Investigators pulled out some papers and then asked us to stop filming.
Danielle Brown was carrying a Coach bag the night she disappeared.
Investigators will not say whether this is it.

"Any items and all items that have been or will be found in the search of the landfill are being sent to the Leon County Sheriff's Office and then forwarded to the FDLE crime lab. Until we get these results back, we have no way of knowing what we found."

The search has wrapped up for Friday, and investigators say they are done searching the landfill.
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Updated 11:51a.m 2-19

Moments ago, our cameras were there when deputies discovered a brown and gold Coach handbag in the landfill... similar to one Brown was carrying.

Officials don't know yet it if it was hers.

We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
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Updated 10a.m 2-19

LCSO Press Release:

Thursday approximately 100 law enforcement officer and volunteers with the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Wildlife Commission, Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Thomas County Emergency Medical Survives, Thomas County Fire Rescue, Thomas Correctional Institute, Pavo Police Department, Wiregrass Chapter of the American Red Cross and the City of Thomasville Sanitation Department searched the Thomas County Landfill for evidence related to the disappearance of Danielle Brown.

Today the search continues at the landfill and is expected to be completed Friday afternoon.

A media briefing to discuss the progress made in Thomas County will be conducted today at approximately 11:00a.m.

Leon County Sheriff’s Detectives have determined that James was in Thomas County on Saturday February 6, 2010 and Sunday February 7, 2010.

Also evidence, such as Danielle’s cell phone and pieces of her driver’s license, has been located in Thomas County.

Anyone who may have seen Danielle Brown, Elijah James or Brown’s 1994 Silver Buick in Thomas County during these times is asked to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 922-3300, Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS or the Thomas County Sheriff Office at (229) 225-3300.

Tips may also be submitted by visiting the Missing Person-Danielle Brown web page at www.leoncountyso.com.
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UPDATED 2.18.10 4:50pm by Julie Montanaro

The search for a missing Tallahassee woman already spans two counties in two states, and now it may stretch to the east too.

Deputies have just reported that person of interest Elijah James may have been spotted in Jefferson County the night Danielle Brown disappeared and may have been spotted there again the next day.

LCSO detectives say James may have been in Wacissa and Waukeenah - possibly in Brown's silver Buick - just hours after Brown's last known phone call from a friend. They want to hear from anyone who may have seen him Saturday between the hours of 12:30am and 5am or Sunday between 8am and 8pm.

If you saw James in that area, call Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

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Updated 11:45a.m 2-18

Officials are at the Thomas County Landfill off County Farm Road looking for anything related to the disappearance of Danielle Brown.

About 110 law enforcement agents from Florida and Georgia are searching for Brown who disappeared almost two weeks ago.

This is the second landfill in Georgia to be searched since last week.

Brown's car was found burned and abandoned in Pavo, Georgia, and a man her father calls her on-again, off-again boyfriend was arrested.

35-year-old Elijah James was charged with arson and is considered a "person of interest" in Brown's disappearance.

Through previous search efforts, investigators have been able to collect some evidence but they say they are still looking for answers and hope today's search will lead to Brown or major clues that will crack the case.

They expect to be out there for the next several hours.

Officials believe it's possible Brown's body was put into a dumpster and it may have been taken to this landfill.

We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
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Updated 8:45a.m 2-18

LCSO Press Release:

Since the search for Danielle Brown began law enforcement officers, with many agencies, and citizen volunteers have searched large areas of Leon County, Florida and Thomas County, Georgia.

Other locations have also been searched as investigative leads have been received.

These search efforts have resulted in evidence, such as Danielle’s cell phone and pieces of her driver’s license, being located in southern Thomas County.

As part of this investigation a search for evidence related to the disappearance of Danielle will be conducted Thursday at the Thomas County landfill located on County Farm Road.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Danielle Brown is asked to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 922-3300 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted by visiting the Missing Person-Danielle Brown web page at www.leoncountyso.com.
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UPDATED 2.17.4:15pm

The search for a missing Tallahassee woman continued in the woods of Leon County today.

The SWAT canceled its practice today and searched woods and ponds along a four mile stretch of Proctor Road for any sign of 21 year old Danielle Brown.

The dirt portion of Proctor Road stretches between Centerville Road and Thomasville Road.

Deputies say they bagged a few items as evidence and took a closer look at what appeared to be a piece from inside a car trunk, but don't know if any of the items are linked to Danielle Brown's disappearance.

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UPDATED 2.17.10 10:30am

Search crews are returning to roadsides in Eastern Leon County and Southern Thomas County today. We'll let you know what, if anything, they find.

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UPDATED 21.16.10 5:50pm

An LCSO Spokesman says there have not been any new developments in the case today.
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Updated 11:52a.m 2-16

There is still no sign of Danielle Brown.

We do not have any new information at this time but will continue to update this story as more details become available.
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UPDATED 2.15.10 7pm

The search for a missing Tallahassee woman has yielded some critical new clues, but there is still no sign of Danielle Brown herself.

The sheriff says he doubts they'll find Brown alive, but he's determined to find her and give her family some answers ... despite a trail of clues that covers lonely roads in two states.

A piece of Danielle Brown's drivers license turned up along the side of this two lane country road, Old Beachton Road just over the Georgia state line.

A firefighter found her cell phone in a ditch here too.

So Monday, volunteers, many from the Brown's church in Crawfordville, were combing the roadside again, with umbrellas in hand.

"I hope to find something that would help bring them closer to bringing this to a conclusion. I know that I would want that and I'm sure that Tommy and the family, all the family does," said Daniel Cooksey, the pastor at Ivan Assembly of God Church in Crawfordville, where Brown's father attends services.

The sheriff shared the news about the drivers license and cell phone at a briefing Monday morning.

He also revealed that person of interest Elijah James, stopped at convenience store in Bradfordville the morning after Brown disappeared, showing up in her car, alone, at 5:30am to buy a case of beer.

Investigators would not confirm which convenience store it was or if there was surveillance tape of James, but only the Circle K is open at the time of morning on Saturday.

The sighting further pinpoints the time of Brown's disappearance, between 11:30pm Friday and 5:30am Saturday, but it also means the search is widening. And James isn't talking.

"Mr. James is not giving us any indication that he is willing to help us and he's asked for an attorney," Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell said.

We caught up with deputies and volunteers on horseback near Loveridge Plantation.

It's off Old Centerville Road, a muddy red clay road flanked by oaks and pines and not much else.

If James was familiar with backroads and backwoods like this, there's no telling where Brown might be.

"The longer it takes that there's no contact with anybody, the more bleak it appears," Campbell said.

We must point out that at this point James is charged with stealing Brown's car and setting it on fire, but has not been charged in her disappearance.

The sheriff says it is possible to proceed with murder charges without finding a body, but clearly he hopes that is not necessary.

The sheriff said Brown's cell phone did reveal some clues, but they would not disclose them. He also said there has been no activity on any of Brown's credit cards or other accounts since her disappearance.

Volunteers searching along Old Beachton Road this afternoon said they did find a few things which deputies bagged as evidence, but they weren't sure if they were linked to this case or not.
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Updated 12p.m 2-15

Leon County Sheriff's deputies say a piece of Danielle Brown's drivers license and cell phone were found in Beachton, Georgia.

Elijah James, the person of interest in her disappearance, was seen alone in Brown's car at a Bradfordville convenience store at 5:30a.m Saturday.

He bought a case of beer.

Deputies say Brown's cell phone has revealed some clues to her whereabouts but they are not releasing that information at this time.

The search for Brown is now being spread to Beachton which is just north of Bradfordville.

No other charges have been filed against James at this time.

We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
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Updated 11:38a.m 2-15

A news conference is underway at this hour in the case of a local missing woman.

Leon County Sheriff's deputies are discussing the disappearance of Danielle Brown.

She's the Tallahassee woman who went missing over a week ago.

Deputies and local volunteers searched for clues all weekend in a Miccosukee neighborhood.

About 20 volunteers helped in Sunday's search, off Veterans Memorial Drive and nearly 50 people took part in Saturday's search.

Brown's burned car was found at a dumpsite in Pavo, Georgia one week ago today.

Her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Elijah James, is charged with arson and is considered a person of interest in her disappearance.

Our own Julie Montanaro is at the news conference and will join us live from the Sheriff's Office during our noon newscast.

We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
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Updated 8:15a.m 2-15

LCSO Press Release:

Sunday, Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies, Firefighters with the Tallahassee Fire Department and volunteers continued the search for Danielle Brown in the Miccosukee Community and eastern Leon Country.

Sunday evening detectives evaluated the progress made this weekend and determined what areas remain to be searched.

Monday morning at 11:30a.m, Sheriff Larry Campbell will brief the media on the status of this investigation and the search for Danielle.

We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
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Update 2-13-10 12:55 p.m.

The following is a press release form LCSO:

Saturday, February 13 Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies and volunteers, comprised of family and friends of Danielle Brown, will continue to search for Danielle or any evidence related to her disappearance in the
Miccosukee Community.

Detectives have compiled a list of items which are being sought during the search for Danielle. These items include Vehicle Information Number Plates or VIN Sticker ending with numbers 9740, Florida license Plate 694YBX and a maroon colored vehicle arm rest.

These items were removed from Danielle’s vehicle which was discovered in Pavo, Georgia. Other items of interest include property which Danielle may have had in her possession; a purple Boost
Mobile cell phone, a key ring with a teddy bear and other trinkets, a brown and gold purse with Coach brand emblems, a brown and beige wallet with Coach brand emblems, South Pole brand jeans, yellow shirt and designer high heel sneakers.

Anyone who locates any of the listed items or who has any information about the disappearance of
Danielle Brown, is asked to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 922-3300. Tips may also be provided through the LCSO web page at www.leoncountyso.com

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UPDATE 2.12.10 3:30pm

Billboards are now going up all over town to try to solicit tips in the disappearance of a Tallahassee woman.

Pictures of a smiling Danielle Brown are now flashing on billboards along Thomasville Road, North Monroe Street and West Tennessee Street.

An LCSO spokesman says they hope someone will remember seeing Brown with - or without- person of interest Elijah James since she disappeared one week ago today.

LCSO is expecting dozens of citizen volunteers to join deputies in Miccosukee again tomorrow to continue searching for Brown.

Volunteers can gather at the Old Concord School on Highway 59, just north of the Cal-Mart.

LCSO has also created a dedicated web page with information about this case, which includes a form for e-mailing tips.

To find it go to the Leon County Sheriff's Office web site at www.leoncountyso.com, then click on the red header at the top of its homepage which says "Missing Person - Danielle Brown."

It will lead to a missing persons poster, a tip form and all the information LCSO has released to the public about the case so far
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Updated 12:34p.m 2-12

Leon County deputies are back in the small town of
Micosukkee today resuming their search for 21 year old Danielle Brown.

They are searching the area in and around the old concord school house.

A search of property near Elijah James' mother's home Wednesday didn't turn up any clues.
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UPDATE 2.12.10 10:30am

It has been one week since anyone has seen or heard from 21 year old Danielle Brown.

She was last seen leaving her home on Springhill Road at about 8:30pm Friday, February 5th with Elijah James, a man her father calls her on again, off again boyfriend.

James, who is considered a person of interest in Brown's disappearance is being held at the Leon County Jail.

He appeared before a judge via video link this morning to face newly filed charges for stealing Brown's car. The judge set bond at $25,000, but James won't be getting out of jail anytime soon.

James is being held without bond on an arson charge out of Georgia. This morning he also agreed to waive extradition to the Peach State.

James is accused of setting Brown's car on fire and abandoning it a dump site in the small town of Pavo, Georgia. A search of the dump and nearby ponds Thursday did not yield any new clues to Brown's whereabouts. Neither did a search of woods near James's mother's house in Miccosukkee a day earlier.

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UPDATE 2.11.10 7pm

The search for a missing Tallahassee woman crosses the state line into Georgia.

Danielle Brown has been missing for six days now and despite an extensive search, the tiny town of Pavo did not yield any new clues to her whereabouts today.

Men and women in uniform trudged through thick underbrush looking for any sign of 21 year old Danielle Brown.

Dozens of them fanned out into the woods and bamboo thickets surrounding a dump site in Pavo, Georgia ... a dump site where Brown's car was found burned and abandoned earlier this week.

"We're searching the dump, which has been done before but we want to make sure every rock we turn over that we don't miss anything and we're looking for any evidence that might lead back to this case," said Pavo Police Chief W. Sydney Turner.

Teams also searched the roads between the dump and the home of Elijah James's sister. James showed up there Saturday night, claiming to have hitch hiked from Tallahassee.

James is Brown's on-again, off-again boyfriend and a person of interest in her disappearance.

He has already been charged with arson for torching Brown's car and Thursday, Leon County deputies added grand theft auto charges too.

Dive teams searched a pond near the dump, admittedly looking for a body or any other evidence that might have been tossed in the water.

With the water temperature registering a cool 54 degrees, divers could only stay in the water for ten minutes at a time.

"Right now, they're looking at three to four feet of muchk, zero visibility and everything they're doing is by hand right now, by feel," said Lisa Maxwell, Commander of the Thomasville-Thomas County Dive Team.

The Pavo Police Chief says since Danielle Brown's disappearance hit the news, two witnesses have come forward who saw James alone in Brown's car in Pavo.

This town may not hold the key to her whereabouts he says, but perhaps it can add some critical pieces of the puzzle.

The search has wrapped up for the day. We'll keep you posted on any new developments out of Georgia or Florida.

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UPDATE 2.11.10 6:20pm

The search of a dump site in Pavo and the surrounding woods has wrapped up.

An LCSO Spokesman says it did not yield any new clues to Danielle Brown's whereabouts.

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UPDATE 2.11.10 3:30pm

A man deputies call a "person of interest" in the disappearance of Danielle Brown is now facing more charges.

35 year old Elijah James, who family members describe as Brown's off-again, on-again boyfriend, was charged with arson in Georgia for setting Brown's car on fire. It was found abandoned at a dump site in Pavo, Georgia.

Now, Leon County deputies have charged James with grand theft of a motor vehicle too. An LCSO Spokesman says several witnesses reported seeing James alone in Brown's car in Pavo, Georgia. The car, deputies say, belongs to Brown's father and James did not have his permission to drive it.

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UPDATE 2.11.10 10am

The search for missing Tallahassee woman Danielle Brown has resumed and today police officers and deputies are focusing their search on the Pavo, Georgia dump site where maintenance workers found her abandoned car.

Pavo Police Chief W. Sydney Turner says there will be a ground search and an air search of the area conducted this morning.

Leon County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Tony Drzewiecki says deputies will also be searching Highway 59 from Miccosukkee to the Georgia line for any sign of Brown.

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UPDATED 2.10.10 7pm

Search crews spent the day scouring the woods in Miccosukkee, looking for a missing Tallahassee woman. That search has been called off for the night and will resume in the morning.

Deputies say they don't know if Danielle Brown is dead or alive, and family members anxious to join the search were advised not to for fear of what they might find.

Deputies on horseback, volunteers on foot and helicopters in the air blanketed the woods and plantations of Miccosukkee looking for 21 year old Danielle Brown.

Brown disappeared on Friday, her car was discovered burned and abandoned in Pavo, Georgia on Monday, and a man her father calls her on-again, off-again boyfriend was arrested Tuesday.

35 year old Elijah James was charged with arson and is considered a "person of interest" in Brown's disappearance, but deputies say they don't have proof of foul play yet.

"The fact that he is being charged with the arson of Ms. Brown's vehicle does provide us a greater sense of concern for her welfare and does make him a person of interest in our investigation," said LCSO Spokesman Tony Drzewiecki.

James was arrested at his mother's home on King Post Way. The search fans out from there. A command post is set up across the street and Brown's father was anxiously awaiting word not far away.

Tommy Brown says he and several other relatives wanted to participate in the search, but were told no. Several family friends and co-workers did join the search.

Tommy Brown says his daughter and Elijah James had dated on and off for a couple of years. He says he was never a fan of James, and told his daughter so, but to no avail.

"I just hope they find her," he said, though he didn't have much hope of the search ending well.

Deputies revealed Wednesday that Brown was last seen leaving her Tallahassee home with James Friday night.

James's mother, Ira James, tells us he arrived at his sister's house in Pavo late Saturday night, claiming to have hitch-hiked from Tallahassee.

The Pavo Police Chief confirms they did search the sister's house for clues.

"The evidence was obtained, which I cannot discuss because of the ongoing investigation, but there were several bags of evidence obtained," said Pavo Police Chief W. Syndey Turner.

James's mother says her son told her that the last time he saw Danielle Brown, the two had argued and she had kicked him out of the house.

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Updated 1:12p.m 2-10

Leon County deputies along with help from Danielle Brown's family and friends are searching the woods near King Post Way in Miccosukee.

They are searching the area by foot, horseback and helicopter hoping to find Brown.

Deputies say the man arrested for torching Brown's car, 35-year-old Elijah James was arrested at his mothers house on King Post Way Tuesday night.

They say James and Brown were friends and James lived with Brown off and on at her Springhill Road home.

Deputies say she was last seen leaving her home with James Friday night.

After James' arrest for arson, police in Pavo, Georgia served a search warrant at the home of James' sister who lives on Roberts Street in Pavo.

The Pavo police chief says they did recover several bags of evidence but would not disclose what they found.

Right now deputies are calling Elijah James a "person of interest" in Brown's disappearance.

We'll bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
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Updated 11:05a.m 2-10

Leon County deputies have set up a command post in Miccosukee as they search for Danielle T. Brown.

Deputies and FDLE agents are gathered at the corner of King Post Way and Old Miccosukee Road.

They will be making an announcement shortly after noon Wednesday with the latest on the investigation.

LCSO spokesman Tony Drezewiecki says they have not yet found Brown and wouldn't comment further on why they are searching in Miccosukee.

We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
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Updated 7:36a.m 2-10

LCSO Press Release:

Danielle T. Brown was last seen on Friday, February 5, 2010, at 8:30p.m., leaving her residence in the 7200 block of Springhill Road. Brown was driving a 1994 Silver Buick with Florida Tag 694YBX and wearing South Pole brand jeans and a yellow shirt.

Brown’s family reported her missing Sunday, February 7, 2010, at approximately 7:30p.m.

On Monday, February 8, 2010, at approximately 10:00a.m. the Pavo, Georgia Police Department responded to the report of an abandoned vehicle found at the Pavo City Refuse Site.

Pavo Chief of Police W. Sydney Turner responded to the site and during his investigation traced the vehicle back to Danielle Brown. The
Pavo Police Department found no sign of Brown in, or near, the vehicle.

The vehicle had been damaged by fire and was secured as possible evidence.

Due to indications that Brown’s vehicle had been damaged as a result of arson, Investigators with the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office Arson Unit conducted an investigation.

As a result of that investigation the fire which damaged Brown’s vehicle was determined to be an act of arson.

Elijah James was identified as a suspect during the arson investigation and a warrant for his arrest was obtained by Investigators with the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office Arson Unit yesterday evening.

Leon County Sheriff’s Detectives had identified James as a person who may have information about Brown’s whereabouts and interviewed him yesterday.

James was arrested by LCSO Detectives once the 1st Degree Arson
warrant had been obtained.

James was arrested at a residence on King Post Way, which is located in eastern Leon County.

James will be booked into the Leon County Jail to await extradition to Georgia.

Detectives continue to search for Brown and ask anyone with information on her whereabouts, or have had contact with her since Friday, February 5, 2010, to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 922-3300.

Arrested:
Elijah James
DOB: 05/31/1974
Charge:
1st Degree Arson
(Georgia Arrest Warrant)

To see Elijah James' photo, click on the camera icon at the top of the story.
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Updated 7:23a.m 2-10

Authorities have arrested a man suspected of setting fire to a missing woman's vehicle and they say he may have knowledge of her whereabouts.

LCSO Detectives arrested 35-year-old Elijah James at an Eastern Leon County residence on King Post Way Monday evening.

He is suspected of burning 21-year-old Danielle Brown's vehicle.

Brown was last seen last Friday and was reported missing Sunday.

Officers discovered her Silver Buick at a dumpsite in Pavo, Georgia Monday. The car's tag was removed and the insides had been set on fire.

James is charged with first degree arson and currently booked at Leon County jail, awaiting extradition.

Detectives are still searching for Danielle Brown.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Leon County Sheriff's Office at 850-922-3300.
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There is no new information at this time.

LCSO Press Release regarding Brown's located car:
Monday, Leon County Sheriff’s Detectives requested assistance locating a missing person, Danielle T. Brown. Brown was last seen on Friday, February 5, 2010, at 8:30p.m., leaving her residence in the 7200 block of Springhill Road.

Brown was driving a 1994 Silver Buick with Florida Tag 694YBX and wearing South Pole brand jeans and a yellow shirt. Brown’s family reported her missing Sunday, February 7, 2010, at approximately 7:30p.m. and advised that it is unusual for her not to be in contact with them. Brown was entered into the National Crime Information Center as a Missing and Endangered person.

On Monday, February 8, 2010, at approximately 10:00a.m. the Pavo, Georgia Police Department responded to the report of an abandoned vehicle found at the Pavo City Refuse Site. Pavo Chief of Police W. Sydney Turner responded to the site and during his investigation traced the vehicle back to Danielle Brown. The Pavo Police Department found no sign of Brown in, or near, the vehicle. The vehicle had been damaged by fire and has been secured as possible evidence.

Leon County Sheriff’s Detectives are conducting an intensive investigation into Brown’s disappearance and are working closely with the Pavo Police Department to determine the circumstances in which her vehicle was abandoned in their jurisdiction. Brown remains entered into the National Crime Information Center as Missing and Endangered. Anybody with information on the whereabouts of Brown, or has had contact with her since Friday, February 5, 2010, is asked to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 922-3300.

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UPDATED 2-9-10 5PM by Julie Montanaro

The car of a missing Tallahassee woman has been found abandoned across the state line.

21-year-old Danielle Brown was last seen at her home off Springhill Road at about 8:30 Friday night and no one has seen or heard from her since. Her mother reported her missing Sunday evening at about 7:30.

Deputies call her disappearance "suspicious" and say the discovery of her car at a dump site in Pavo, Georgia on Monday is even more disturbing.

The silver Buick is now at an impound lot in Thomasville. The tag was removed and the car's interior was set on fire.

Deputies are working with police in Pavo to try to find out how the car wound up in the small town some 70 miles from Brown's home in Tallahassee.

"We have not found any sign of Ms. Brown in the car or near the car. Obviously, that's going to be an intense focus of our investigation of how that car ended up in Pavo and under what circumstances it was discovered," said LCSO Spokesman Tony Drezewiecki.

Family and friends gathered at Brown's house off Springhill Road Tuesday had no comment.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.
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Updated 9a.m 2-9

As of 5a.m. Tuesday, Danielle T. Brown is still missing.

We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

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PRESS RELEASE

Leon County Sheriff’s Detectives are requesting assistance locating a missing person, Danielle T. Brown. Brown was last seen on Friday, February 5, 2010, at 8:30p.m., leaving her residence in the 7200 block of Springhill Road.

Brown was driving a 1994 Silver Buick with Florida Tag 694YBX and wearing South Pole brand Jeans and a yellow shirt. Brown’s family reports that it is unusual for her not to be in contact with them and is concerned for her welfare.

Anybody with information on the whereabouts of Brown, or has had contact with her since Friday, February 5, 2010, is asked to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 922-3300.
Missing Person
Name: Danielle T. Brown
DOB: 08/03/1988
Race: White
Sex: Female
Height: 5'2"
Weight: 130lbs
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Red/Auburn


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