Police search for possible victims of slaying suspect

March 04, 1996|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

City homicide detectives are looking through reports of missing children here and in New York as they continue to investigate the case against a convicted child molester who has been charged with strangling a boy and a teen-ager in Baltimore.

Shawn E. Brown, 27, was charged Saturday with the strangulation of Obdul Richards, 16, whose body was found Friday in a boarded-up school at East Eager and Valley streets. A convicted child molester, Mr. Brown was charged last week with first-degree murder in the death of City Springs Elementary School third-grader Marvin Douglas Wise Jr., 8.

Homer Pennington, the city detective handling the case, said Mr. Brown is cooperating with police and answering their questions. Detective Pennington would not say what Mr. Brown had told police or how they believe Mr. Brown met the Richards youth, who was found in the school about 12 blocks from his home.

Police yesterday said they had no indications of more killings, but were continuing to investigate.

The Wise boy was found in a vacant 12th-floor apartment in the Flag House Courts housing project Feb. 25. The child lived with his mother on the 11th floor and Mr. Brown was staying with relatives on the 10th floor, police said.

Mr. Brown was released from a New York state prison in June after serving nine years for child molestation and attempted murder in Syracuse, N.Y. His victims were a 7-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy, police said.

"We believe he came here right after that to stay with his sister at Flag House [Courts]," Detective Pennington said. "This is a very unusual case, and we want to be as thorough as we can. There is nothing to positively suggest that there are more victims."

Since the killings, Mr. Brown's family has temporarily moved out of their apartment because they had begun to receive threatening phone calls, police said. Details of those calls were not given.

Detectives learned of the second killing in what police described as "personal papers" written by Mr. Brown. Police said the papers were not a comprehensive diary of victims but did clue them to the second body.

Mr. Brown agreed to be interviewed Friday without a lawyer, police said. He then led officers to the school. They found the Richards youth's body in a second-floor classroom. It had been there at least a week, police said.

His mother had reported him missing on Jan. 25, two days after he disappeared.

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