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.
For the full report from WWL-TV, click here.
Anyone with information on Brown's whereabouts is asked to contact Fourth District detectives at 504-658-6040.
In other matters recently handled by local law enforcement:
• Kristen Williams, 44, received a nearly six-year prison sentence Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to robbing the Gulf Coast Bank and Trust branch at 201 N. Carrollton Ave. in Mid-City of $4,983 on Nov. 5, 2016, said U.S. Attorney Duane Evans' office in New Orleans.
• Dan Pizarro, 48, of California, received a sentence of life imprisonment Wednesday after a jury previously found him guilty of partaking in a plot to deal methamphetamine and heroin in the local area.
Pizarro was charged in the case after deputies in St. Bernard Parish arrested two men on counts of selling meth in Arabi, and the men said Pizarro was the source of their drugs, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
• Gabriel Carreto Sanchez, 41, of New Orleans, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to distribute at least one kilogram of cocaine and one count of possessing cocaine with the intent to deal it. He faces a sentence of between five and 40 years in prison.
Carreto was stopped in April 2017 as he traveled to Houston bring back cocaine to New Orleans, prosecutors said.
• The New Orleans coroner's office on Wednesday identified a pair of men who were killed in recent shootings.
Michael Hunter, 30, was fatally shot at the corner of Josephine and Clara streets in Central City on Tuesday morning while walking. Police said someone shot him multiple times.
Marion Hutson, 21, died Tuesday after being shot three days earlier in the 5100 block of Bundy Road in New Orleans East.
News of Hutson's death Wednesday afternoon brought the number of murders reported in New Orleans this year to at least 26. According to local crime analyst Jeff Asher, at that time, that was the same number of murders reported in Baltimore, which is larger than New Orleans and similarly plagued by violence.
• A 38-year-old man was robbed of his car at gunpoint in the 6000 block of Pratt Drive in Gentilly about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, New Orleans police said.
• About 1:50 p.m. in the 7800 block of Sail Street in New Orleans East, a man threatened his ex-girlfriend's life and told her to get off the phone before being followed out by his sister's ex. He allegedly pointed the gun at the sister and threatened her as well, police said.
• A 22-year-old man standing outside in the 2700 block of Canal Street in Mid-City handed money over to a person who got out of a car with two others and demanded cash about 3 p.m. Sunday, police said Wednesday.