Camp Lejeune Marine wanted for murder in Virginia

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A search is ongoing for a Camp Lejeune Marine who is wanted in Virginia on a murder charge.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Rocky Mount, Virginia, said Monday they have issued an arrest warrant for Michael Alexander Brown, 22, for second-degree murder as well as use of a firearm in commission of a felony in connection with a Nov. 9 homicide.

Brown, a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, is accused of fatally shooting his mother's live-in boyfriend Rodney Brown at their home, the sheriff's office said.

According to the news release issued, charges may be modified as additional evidence is received and evaluated.

Virginia authorities said around Oct. 18 Brown deserted his post at Camp Lejeune, where he has served as a combat engineer.

Brown has been seen around Franklin County in the past two weeks but it was unknown where he has been staying since leaving his post or what direction he may be headed.

Brown is approximately 6'0, 145lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. Brown's last known address is Craven Street New Bern, according to a news release from the Craven County Sheriff's Office.

He has been known to live in the woods and to frequent national parks and national forests. He has recently been driving a 2008 black Lincoln Town Car with a possible NC license plate, EHP-4877.

Brown is believed to be armed with a high-powered rifle and may have access to other weapons. Anyone having contact with Michael Brown should use extreme caution and contact law enforcement immediately.

Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 540-352-5139 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information provided that's deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and the message to 274637.

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