Remona Brown, a three-year-old girl, wandered away from the scene of a fire in 1984 and vanished. Now, 34 years later, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) has opened a new investigation into that little girl’s disappearance. Investigators have created a rendering believed to represent what Remona would look like today, and are seeking the public’s help.
On March 6, 1984, Remona Brown, age three, escaped a house fire in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans. The fire killed two of her brothers, but seven other children lived. In the chaos of the fire, Remona wandered away while the rest of the siblings huddled together outside.
One of Remona’s siblings, Simona Brown, remembers a couple in a bronze or brown vehicle offering to help watch Remona, but then drove away after she climbed into their vehicle. However, going on the assumption that the little girl may still be close by, investigators searched through the charred remains of the house multiple times and searched the surrounding areas. Nothing was found. She has not been seen or heard from since.
Remona would be 37 years old today.
An investigative series by WWL-TV looked at problems with the investigation that looked into Remona’s disappearance.
Deputy Louisiana State Fire Marshal Brant Thompson said, “It’s really inconceivable to think that in a house fire, all that existed of a human being, even a child between the ages of 3 and 4, would be completely consumed by that fire.”
Even though a joint NOPD and New Orleans Fire Department task force searched for Remona’s remains for four days, the case was never handed over to the NOPD as a possible kidnapping or homicide.
Local police did not open a missing person’s case at the time, but did tell the family they could open one. But that never happened.
Now, 34 years later, Simona Brown, still wanting answers, has filed a missing person report with police and has jump-started the investigation into her sister’s disappearance.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Remona Brown is asked to contact Fourth District detectives at (504) 658-6040.