Emergency dispatchers in Roanoke received a 911 call early Thursday morning detailing a suspicious man dressed in a black lace-linked coat near Patrick Henry High School in the city's Grandin Court neighborhood, according to Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones told reporters at a press conference.
Police speculated Brown may have been in SC because of military friends, but these military members have been vetted. "As well as we know, he's out of vehicles in that regard so he's going to be looking for other opportunities to go mobile again".
"We have reason to believe he continues to be armed and unsafe, and if he is confronted or pushed into a position where he feels he has no other alternative, he may use force", Jones said.
"Children's welfare, faculty welfare are all a concern so those facilities will remain closed", Jones added.
Rodney Brown's girlfriend - who is Michael Brown's mother - called police after finding Rodney's body in the house, said Capt. Phillip Young with the sheriff's office.
The Marine is now likely on foot or searching for alternative modes of transportation, as all of the vehicles he would have access to have been cleared, according to Jones.
"He is navigationally savvy", the chief continued. He knows how to maneuver around. Police describe him as a white man, about 6 feet tall with brown hair and wearing a black jacket. He's not afraid to change his location.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Marine Corps confirmed that Brown was classified as a "UA" or an "unauthorized absence" - the equivalent of the Army's AWOL (Absent Without Leave) - on October 25.
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Vachon declined to comment on the allegations against Brown or the nationwide search for the former Marine, but noted that Brown had been under internal investigation for a separate matter prior to facing murder charges.
Police have since advised that schools in the area can open Friday, according to a statement from Roanoke City Public Schools.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office warned the public Monday that Brown was armed with a high-powered firearm and possibly other weapons.
There have been pleas from a local lawyer - who has pledged to represent Brown - as well as family, urging him to turn himself in. Police say there's no direct threat to schools, but there are several in the neighborhood.
The US Marshals Service is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Brown's apprehension, Jones said. "We can do this the easy way". "He may at this point and time feel like he has run out of alternatives, but he does have alternatives".
It was a day with roadblocks, and the drone of a helicopter flying overhead, as officers pressed their search for Michael Brown.