ROANOKE, Va. (WWBT) - The search for a Marine wanted in a Franklin County murder closed schools in the city of Roanoke on Thursday and forced residents to shelter in place.
Michael Alexander Brown is wanted for questioning in the Saturday death of Rodney Brown in Franklin County. Authorities say Brown is a combat engineer who deserted his Camp Lejeune post last month and was later spotted in Franklin County.
WDBJ reports that residents in the 2100 block of Grandin Road SW were told to lock their doors and shelter in place on Thursday morning as the search for Brown focused on that neighborhood.
Roanoke police also urged the public to avoid the area of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Grandin Village after finding that propane was leaking from a camper believed to have been driven by Brown.
The shelter-in-place order was lifted Thursday afternoon, but police urged residents to stay vigilant and reminded them to lock their cars and homes.
WSLS reports that “military devices” were found.
Police confirmed the search for Brown during a press conference.
Police said that Brown should be considered “armed and dangerous.”
Authorities said this weekend that anyone who spots Brown should act with “extreme caution.” Anyone with information should call 540-483-6662.
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