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Body Of Missing Pennsylvania Mother Found In Shallow Grave Two Miles From Her Home
Jennifer Brown was last seen on Jan. 3 in Limerick Township, according to NBC News.
The body of a Pennsylvania mother who disappeared more than two weeks ago was discovered partially buried in a shallow grave near a warehouse on Wednesday, the Montgomery County District Attorney told NBC News.
Jennifer Brown’s body was discovered in Royersford, less than two miles from her home in Limerick Township — about 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia — according to NBC News. Her body was wrapped in plastic, according to CBS News, and was taken to the coroner's office for autopsy. Results of the autopsy, including cause and manner of death, have not yet been released.
The presence of a body was reported to police by a passerby on Wednesday afternoon, the Pottstown Mercury reported. Aerial video from Philadelphia NBC affiliate WCAU showed police in hazmat suits searching a wooded area behind a warehouse along North 5th Street in Royersford Wednesday afternoon.
"I can't tell you how many people have worked through this and have helped in this case to try to locate her," Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele told WCAU. "We hoped and prayed that she would be safe. And she is not."
The 43-year-old was last seen around 2:00 p.m. on Jan. 3 in Limerick Township by a friend, according to the district attorney’s office. She was supposed to pick up her son from his bus stop on the afternoon of Jan. 4, but never showed up.
“She is a doting, I call her, helicopter mom,” Brown’s friend Tiffany Barron told WCAU. “She loves her son. She would never leave her son.”
Antonio Watts-Richardson told WCAU that he was the one with Brown on the afternoon of Jan. 3 and that he took her 8-year-old son to his house for a sleepover that night and put him on the bus the next day. He said Brown — with whom he'd planned to open a restaurant — never called that night to speak with him or her son.
“It seems like I’m being the one poked at,” Watts-Richardson told the station. “And it’s frustrating because I’m the first person that was the one calling the police, trying to kick down windows. Trying to find my friend. Trying to make sure her son is covered.”
Brown’s vehicle was found parked outside of her home on Stratford Court in Limerick Township, with her keys, wallet, purse and work cellphone inside, according to the district attorney’s office. Brown’s personal cellphone hasn’t been found, but hasn’t been communicating since the morning of Jan. 4.
Neighbors told Philadelphia CBS affiliate KYW that detectives removed a dumpster from near Brown’s home and, last Thursday and Friday, detectives searched the Berks County landfill where trash from Brown’s complex is taken. The station was told several items were loaded onto trucks for investigation.
Police have not announced any arrests in the case.
Some neighbors told KYW that the discovery of her body is making them feel unsafe.
“We’ve been on edge the whole two weeks — making sure to not go outside alone, being really safe with that. Because the person is still out here,” Grace Taylor told the station.
Oxygen.com reached out to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office for more on the investigation but did not immediately hear back.
If anyone has any information that could help the investigation, call the Limerick Township Police at 610-495-7909 or Montgomery County detectives at 610-226-5553.