ANDERSON — Police have confirmed the dive teams that searched Killbuck Creek in recent months were searching for evidence in connection with a March homicide.
According to Anderson Police Department spokesman Joel Sandefur, APD requested state police dive teams to assist in searching for clues in the murder of Anthony Dewayne Brown, 34, of Lima, Ohio. Brown’s body was discovered on March 21 behind debris on the city’s northwest side off Anderson-Frankton Road. He had been killed by a single gunshot wound to the head.
Since the body was found, APD and state police have visited Shadyside Park twice, most recently in September, based on information from a tip, according to Sandefur. He said he didn’t have the exact dates the searches happened.
At the time the body was found, Anderson Chief of Police Larry Crenshaw said it appeared the body had been placed there by someone.
“We received information there might have been evidence related to that homicide in that area, so we asked the dive teams to come in and help,” Sandefur said. “It’s still something we’re holding close to the vest.”
Sandefur said the search of Shadyside is complete, but the investigation is still ongoing.
Brown had been sought by police in Allen County, Ohio, since Nov. 30, 2011, for trafficking in cocaine, according to the Lima/Allen County Crimestoppers website.
According to public records, Brown pleaded guilty to cocaine charges on more than one occasion in Allen County. There were court cases filed in October 2004, December 2004 and September 2006.
Police said a young girl had seen Brown’s body on a Wednesday and told her father about it. When she told him about it again on Thursday afternoon, he went out to see and then called police.
Sandefur asked anyone with knowledge of Brown or the incident that led to his death to contact APD detectives at (765) 648-6739.
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