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The remains of a woman and child found in a burned car on Feb. 23 have been identified as Asia Brown, 22, and her twoyear-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 Feb. 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 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.


The St. Philips Heritage Center at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in partnership with Winston-Salem State University will host a luncheon on June 4 in celebration of Juneteenth, the country’s longest-running observance of the abolition of slavery. This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the announcement of emancipation to the African American community in Salem, which took place on May 21, 1865.

The luncheon speaker is Dr. Reginald F. Hildebrand, Associate Professor of African American Studies and History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His topic is “The First Year of Freedom in North Carolina: Pursuing Freedom with the Hoe and the Sword, the Book and the Lord.” He will use firsthand accounts to explain some of the ways in which freedom was experienced in North Carolina in the year 1865. Included are the powerful words of black Union soldiers as they liberated the people of Wilmington; an account of the first 4th of July celebration of the freed people of Raleigh; and a watch night service to bring in the New Year and mark the anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. Dr. Hildebrand is the author of The Times Were Strange and Stirring: Methodist Preachers and the Crisis of Emancipation (Duke University Press, 1995). His research focuses on the period of Emancipation and Reconstruction.

The 2015 St. Philips Cedric S. Rodney Unity Award will be presented to Joycelyn V. Johnson and Rev. Stephen McCutchan. The award was established in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Cedric S. Rodney, a Moravian minister who led the restoration efforts of the Historic St. Philips Moravian Church in Old Salem.. !