Missing Illinois Man Arrested After Month-Long Search


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KANKAKEE, IL – A month-long search for missing 47-year-old Barry L. Brown of Kankakee, Illinois, has come to a surprising close with his arrest. 

Brown, who allegedly fled the scene of a car crash, leaving two young children behind, was discovered and taken into custody. The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office, along with multiple agencies and volunteers, dedicated extensive efforts to locate him.

Initially reported missing on July 13th after abandoning his crashed vehicle, Brown prompted a massive search operation involving K9 units, drones, and volunteers combing through cornfields. However, it was later revealed that his disappearance was motivated by an outstanding arrest warrant related to an incident before the crash.

Sheriff Mike Downey expressed disappointment in the turn of events, stating, “It’s unfortunate that this subject, and those that reported him missing, were irresponsible enough to lead everyone into believing that his whereabouts were still unknown simply due to his fear of prosecution for his actions that evening. We do appreciate everyone that assisted our officers during the search.”

Brown was arrested Thursday afternoon on a warrant charge connected to a reported Domestic Battery.  He’s now being held at the Jerome Combs Detention Center on $100,000 bond.


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