Ex-missionary and accused killer Jason Derek Brown may be hiding among Mormons

Interesting story this morning from the Salt Lake Tribune on accused killer Jason Derek Brown.

This FBI age-enhanced photo show what Jason Derek Brown might look like today. (Courtesy of the FBI)

Brown is an interesting character, an ex-Mormon missionary and full-time con artist. In 2004, police allege, he shot armored-car guard Robert Keith Palomares in the head, killing him, outside a movie theater in the Phoenix suburb of Ahwatukee, then fled on a bicycle with $56,000 in cash. He and his grin made the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list, but investigators are still looking for the Mormon missionary turned accused murderer who, after a lavish life of parties, expensive cars and the spotlight, vanished.

“With the commonness of his name and how he looks, like a surfer dude in California, we’ve had more tips [about this] fugitive than any other on ‘America’s Most Wanted.’ It’s caused us to chase leads all around the world,” said Lance Leising, the lead FBI agent on the case.

The FBI suspects that he could be hiding among Mormons. Good at lying and convincing people that he’s someone else, Brown could be taking advantage of a gullible member’s philanthropy. His ability to blend is one reason Brown’s on the Top 10 Most Wanted, Leising said.

Check out the rest of the story here.

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.
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