Left: Brown, circa 1985; Right: Age-progressed image of Brown to unknown age
Sheketah Michele Brown
Missing since July 16, 1985 from Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County, Florida
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Sheketah, her mother Carolyn and her two brothers, Barry Michael Brown and Brandon Mitchell Brown, disappeared from Port St. Lucie, Florida on July 16, 1985.
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:
Port St. Lucie Police Department
Detective Scott E. Bartal
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 Sheketa's case.
Florida Department Of Law Enforcement
Missing Children Information Clearinghouse