Jennifer Brown of Limerick Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States has died. She was 43.
In 2002, Brown gave birth to her first son. In 2014, she gave birth to her second son.
On August 28, 2022, Brown entered into a business partnership agreement with her fellow Limerick Township resident Blair Anthony Watts, 33, to invest money in his restaurant which they were planning to open in a building in Phoenixville, Chester County, Pennsylvania by the end of January 2023. The owners of the building never signed a lease with him and when they informed him that they would not be moving forward with the lease, he threatened to sue.
Instead of Brown, it was Watts who picked up her younger son at the school bus stop on January 3, 2023. The son saw Watts with his mother’s personal phone.
Between 4:23 p.m. and 4:35 p.m. that day, there were two cash transfers totaling $17,000 from Brown’s cellphones to Watts. It was never part of a written agreement between the two.
On January 4, 2023, Watts showed up at the property in Phoenixville and said he had money to put down on a lease. Later that day, he reported Brown missing.
A search of Brown’s home on January 5, 2023 uncovered several broken pieces of a hair clip embedded in a carpet. On the same day, two of Watts’ cellphones spent time in a warehouse in Royersford, Montgomery County and a grey Jeep Renegade vehicle linked to him was caught on camera being in the same area that day.
Detectives used a cadaver dog to search the floor mat behind the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The dog signaled human remains or human biological material had previously been in that location.
On January 6, 2023, detectives searched Brown’s home with a K-9 cadaver dog that signaled to investigators in the kitchen that a cadaver, human remains and human biological material had previously been in that location and at the exterior of the home near trash receptacles. On January 8, 2023, a search by a cadaver dog of a red Jeep Cherokee vehicle also linked to him signaled human remains or biological material had previously been in the back seat area.
Shortly after 11:00 a.m. on January 18, 2023, Brown’s body was discovered by police in a freshly dug hole at the rear of the warehouse in Royersford. Several wooden pallets had been placed on top of the hole.
Brown suffered three broken ribs. The cause of death was attributed to homicide by unspecified means with compression and asphyxia, a mechanism that would account for the fractured ribs.
On February 9, 2023, Watts was arrested. He will be held without bail at the county jail and is awaiting arraignment on charges of first-degree murder, third-degree murder, theft by unlawful taking or disposition and access device fraud before District Court Judge Richard H. Welsh.
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