Iris Leslie Brown
Missing since March 15, 1976 from Burlington, Vermont
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Iris Brown was last seen leaving her apartment in Burlington on March 15, 1976 with William Posey. Posey had recently been released from a federal penitentiary in Danbury, Connecticut, where Brown's boyfriend, Martin Gold, was also incarcerated. Brown agreed to go with Posey and left with him later that same day day.
William Posey was convicted of kidnapping Brown in 1981, but not murder, since Brown's body has't been found, and was sentenced to life in prison. According to witnesses and police reports at the time, Posey arrived at Brown's apartment that day and told her he had just received a telegram from Gold saying that Gold was being released early from prison and wanted Posey to drive her to Connecticut to meet Gold. Posey offered conflicting stories about where he and Brown supposedly parted ways.
Although blood believed to be Brown’s was found in Posey’s car after her disappearance, police had no proof of what happened to her, or where her body might be.
Posey confessed to the killing in April 2008. Posey, who initially claimed to have driven Brown to Springfield, Massachusetts, now maintains he never left Vermont, and may not have driven much beyond Barre, the last place he was seen the night Brown disappeared.
Investigators Burlington Police Department
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Detective Lt. Emmit Helrich
Burlington Police Department
Burlington Free Press
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