Left: Brown, circa 1985; Right: Age-progressed image of Brown to unknown age
Barry Michael Brown
Missing since July 16, 1985 from Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County, Florida
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Barry, his mother, Carolyn and his two siblings, Brandon and Sheketa, disappeared from Port St. Lucie, Florida on July 16, 1985. Foul play is suspected in all of their disappearances.
James Michael Brown, the father of the Brown children and the husband of Caroline, confessed to murdering all four of the victims. James stated that he killed Caroline and Brandon first, placing their bodies somewhere near West Palm Beach, Florida. James claimed that he then drove to Georgia and murdered Sheketa and Barry, placing their bodies somewhere along Interstate 95. No sign of any of the victims has been discovered.
James was found not guilty of four counts of murder by reason of insanity by mental defect in late 1985. A court-appointed psychiatrist diagnosed him as paranoid schizophrenic. James claimed he was hearing voices in his head at the time of the murders, something which has continued in the years proceeding the killings as well. He was committed to a mental hospital in Florida after being found not guilty and was moved to a halfway house in 1996.
If you have any information concerning the Browns' whereabouts, please contact:
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
You may remain anonymous when submitting information to any agency.
Agency Case Number: 8508339
NCMEC #: NCMC600459
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding Barry's case.
Florida Department Of Law Enforcement
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Florida Missing Children Information Clearinghouse