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Nearly 34 years after Algiers toddler's disappearance, NOPD opens missing persons case

Tribune News Service logo Tribune News Service 2/8/2018 The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

New Orleans police have opened an investigation into the disappearance of a 3-year-old child following an Algiers house fire in 1984.

Remona Brown, who went missing on March 6, 1984, had just escaped a house fire that killed two of her brothers when she was last seen by her family.

The NOPD released an image of what Brown is believed to resemble in the present day at age 37. Brown was one of several siblings to escape from a fire in the 2600 block of Memorial Park Drive the day she went missing, according to her sister, who was 8 years old at the time.

Brown walked away from the scene, her sister said. At that point a vehicle occupied by a man and a woman stopped and asked the children if they needed assistance. The pair offered to watch Brown, her sister said, and Brown entered the vehicle.

The vehicle left the scene, and Brown has not been heard from since. A search of the home and the immediate area after Brown's disappearance didn't yield any results, according to the report from New Orleans police.

A WWL-TV investigative report identified the sister as Simona Brown, who filed a missing persons report this week.

Police did not open a missing person case at the time of Remona's disappearance, although investigators told the family they could open one, but that was never done, according to the report.

Anyone with information on Brown's whereabouts is asked to contact Fourth District detectives at 504-658-6040.

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