Missing Marshall County teen found shot to death in vehicle - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Missing Marshall County teen found shot to death in vehicle

(Source: Chopper 5) (Source: Chopper 5)

Law enforcement officers said the body of a North Mississippi teen at the center of a kidnapping investigation was found dead inside of an abandoned car. The body and abandoned car was discovered in an extremely remote area in Marshall County. It's a rural road with not much on it but an abandoned house. 

Officials said Melvin Brown, 18, was found shot in the left side of the head. He was sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle with the seat reclined when officers discovered him. Investigators had been searching for Brown since around midnight.

Marshall County investigators spent hours gathering evidence, including towing away the car where the 18-year-old was discovered shot to death.

Brown had been missing since Tuesday night. That's when the owner of the vehicle Brown was discovered in reported the car stolen and said Brown had been kidnapped. The man said he stopped off at a house in Holly Springs around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. He said he left Brown in the passenger seat. According to the car owner, he heard gunshots approximately 15 minutes later.

After hearing the gunshots, he ran outside and saw a man wearing a skull cap and driving off in his car with Brown in it. 

Neighbors said it is all very frightening for them.

"It's very scary," neighbor Brenda Ingram said. "When it gets this close to home, it gets real scary."

Footage from Chopper 5 shows the out of the way area where the white BMW was discovered. It's about eight miles from the house in Holly Springs. 

The Marshall County Sheriff said his officers were able to get a helicopter up and just happened to see the car from the helicopter. 

According to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson, the car did not appear to have any bullet holes in it. He said it is not clear if Brown was shot in the remote area he was found, in the driveway, or somewhere else. That is all part of their investigation at this point.

There is no one in custody at this time.

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