"GREENSBORO, NC ( May 19, 2015) – The remains of an adult female and young child found in a burned car on February 23, 2015 have been positively identified as Asia Brown, 22, and her two-year-old son, Ashton Brown.
The identification was made through DNA testing by a local certified lab.
Greensboro detectives had been conducting the homicide investigation as though the victims were Asia and Ashton Brown based on the totality of available evidence. The DNA results confirm that the mother and son who were reported missing on February 22 are the persons discovered by City workers in a burned car in an undeveloped area off Thurston Road.
On April 14, Chief Wayne Scott and members of the Greensboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division asked for the public’s assistance in a media briefing that outlined details of a troubling double homicide. They shared the following timeline:
On Monday, February 23, 2015 at approximately 3:30 pm, City of Greensboro workers located a burned vehicle in off the dead end road of Thurston Ave. They observed what they believed to be human remains in the vehicle and called 911. Detectives determined that the badly burned human remains appeared to be that of an adult female and small child.
Approximately 6:43 pm the day prior, a coworker of Asia Brown reported Brown and her son missing to the Greensboro Police Department. The coworker was concerned about Asia Brown because she had failed to report to work on Saturday, Feb. 21 and Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015.
A detective with the Crime against Person Squad began investigating the missing person report Monday morning and learned that Asia Brown had purchased and registered a 2005 Buick Lacrosse in her name at the High Point DMV Office on Friday, Feb. 20 at approximately 1:30 pm. The license plate issued to the vehicle was NC Registration DDA-4732.
A burned NC registration plate bearing DDA-4732 was recovered at the scene. Detectives confirmed that the vehicle found off Thurston Road was registered to Asia Brown.
Richey stated that Asia Brown was last seen alive on February 20 at approximately 3:20 pm at the Auto Zone located at 3033 Randleman Rd.
Police have interviewed family members and close friends of the mother and son. Neither the interviews nor the evidence have yielded any suspects or motive to this point.
Police are asking anyone who may have seen or been in contact with Asia or Ashton Brown between Friday, Feb. 20 and Monday, Feb. 23 to contact them.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword badboyz. All calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous, and may result in a reward up to $2,000.
Persons who want to contact the lead detective directly may call Corporal M.D. Matthews at (336) 574-4030."
- A Police Report