Mom of Marine deserter accused of killing her boyfriend makes public plea to turn himself in
The mother of a man accused of killing her live-in boyfriend made a public plea for him to turn himself in to authorities.
"Michael, if you see this, please turn yourself in. I'm scared for you," Vanessa Hanson told WFXR-TV on Friday. "I love you, baby. We will get you a lawyer. We will help you. I won't leave you. Just please, turn yourself in. Please, I can't lose you."
"We still care about you. Nobody wants you hurt," said Diane Hanson, his grandmother.
The nationwide search for 22-year-old Michael Brown started Nov. 9 after Rodney Brown was killed in Franklin County, Virginia.
A federal court filing showed Vanessa Hanson witnessed her boyfriend Rodney Brown's death and named her son as the killer, according to WSLS.
The TV station reported that Michael Brown grew up believing Rodney Brown was his dad but recently learned that he was not his biological father.
The car Michael Brown was driving was found in Claredon County, South Carolina, on Wednesday.
Brown was then spotted Thursday morning tapping on the window of his grandmother's home in Roanoke. His RV was later found at St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church nearby.
Authorities also searched parts of railroad tracks Friday after a call came in with a reference to a man walking along the side of the tracks carrying a duffel bag and a rifle, according to WSLS.
No evidence was found that supports Brown was ever there, according to police.
Federal and local agencies are continuing to search around Roanoke for Brown, and offer tips to help the public capture him.
Agents said Brown's military experience as a Marine could be a factor in his behavior, something they are considering as they try to track him down.
Brown, who is a combat engineer with the Marines, abandoned his North Carolina post last month.
The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Brown's arrest.