Killing of mother, son unsolved after 1 year in Greensboro

The Associated Press

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GREENSBORO – Police are still trying to figure out who killed a mother and her 2-year-old son found dead a year ago in a burned car in Greensboro.

Asia Brown was last seen alive with her son, Ashton, on Feb. 20, 2015, at an AutoZone store. Before that, she stopped at the Department of Motor Vehicles office in High Point to register the car she was found dead in three days later and she did not have her son, lead detective Mike Matthews told the News & Record of Greensboro.

“Did she stop somewhere to let someone keep Ashton?” Matthews asked. “That’s going to be very important to this investigation. We would love that information.”

The car was found near a creek in an area full of businesses. But the timing and the condition of the bodies also hampered investigators, Matthews said.

It began to snow as investigators checked the car, forcing them to take more than a week to gather all the evidence. And Brown and her son were burned so badly, police had to use advanced DNA techniques to identify them, causing more delays, Matthews said.

There also is the sadness of a child dying with his mother. “This is probably the most challenging case since I’ve been in homicide,” said Matthews, who has investigated homicide cases for more than 10 years.

Police have not ruled out Brown and her son were attacked at random. They also are still examining her text messages and social media postings to try and connect with everyone involved in her life.

“I have lots of leads and avenues I’m pursuing. There’s more than one avenue of investigation,” Matthews said.