Autopsy fails to discover cause of Brown’s death

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By John Whitlock

An autopsy has failed to reveal the cause of death of a former Owen County resident whose remains were found in the trunk of her brother’s car earlier this year.

Georgetown Police and the Scott County Coroner’s Office feared that because of the condition of Penny Brown’s body, it would be impossible to determine an exact cause of death.

Penny Brown, who suffered from cerebral palsy and was confined to a wheelchair, was reported missing after state officials filed a report following an investigation centering around her brother, Timothy Brown, and the living conditions at his Georgetown apartment.

On Oct. 18, Timothy Brown’s car was found in St. Louis. When the car was hauled back to Georgetown, the body of Penny Brown was discovered wrapped in quilts and plastic sheeting in the vehicle’s trunk.

Police allege Timothy Brown kept the death of his sister a secret and continued to cash her Social Security checks. Before her body was discovered, it had been over two years since anyone had reportedly seen her.

Timothy faces charges of endangering the welfare of a minor in connection with the conditions at his home and has pleaded not guilty.

Georgetown Police have said Timothy Brown could face other charges in the case including federal charges for allegedly cashing his sister’s Social Security checks.