Case: Deptford murders: Noel and Marie Brown
Victim
Name:
Noel Brown
Gender:
Male
Date:
2017-12-04
Nationality:
British
Weapon:
None
Victim
Name:
Marie Brown
Gender:
Female
Date:
2017-12-04
Nationality:
British
Weapon:
None
Killer
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Noel Brown, 69, and his daughter Marie Brown, 41, were found dead in Deptford on 4 December 2017.

Police forced entry to Mr Brown's home in New Butt Lane at 2.45am after Marie's family reported she had failed to return home after checking on the welfare of her father.

Their bodies were found at the scene. Postmortem examinations confirmed that both Noel and Marie died of strangulation.

Mr Brown, who was well known in the area and frequently visited the nearby Paddy Power betting shop, had not been seen since 30 November.

His daughter Marie, who lived in Southwark, was last seen when she went to visit him at midday on 2 December.

Detectives appealed for witnesses and information about two men who visited Noel's flat in the days before his death.

Detective Superintendent Paul Monk, who is overseeing the investigation into their murders, said:
"I am asking for the public's help as part of our investigation into the murder of Noel and his daughter Marie.

"We know that Noel was last seen alive and well at his home by a neighbour at about 20:00hrs on Thursday, 30 November. Marie, having grown increasingly anxious about her Dad's wellbeing, went to visit him at about midday on Saturday, 2 December. That is the last sighting of Marie alive.

"Our investigation is fast moving and making progress every day. I want to reassure people that we are doing all we can to find those responsible for the murders of Noel and Marie.

"I am asking the public to help us with any information they may have that could assist our investigation - specifically about two men who visited Noel's flat in the days prior to his death. If that was you, or you know who it was, please get in contact with us.

"At this early stage we are keeping an open mind regarding the motive, however it was clear to the responding officers that there were no signs of forced entry to the property. One of our key lines of enquiry is to establish if the suspects or suspects were known to Noel and if Marie disturbed them."

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that Noel Brown had a conviction for sex offences in 1999 but said they were keeping an open mind as to motive.

Detective Superintendent Monk continued: "One of the key strands of our investigation is understanding all we can about Noel's life. He was well known and liked locally.

"We know that Noel used to go to his local betting shop, Paddy Power, in Deptford High Street and had in fact been there during the day he was last seen alive on 30 November.

"There has been speculation that his murder was as a result of a large gambling win, however at this time there is no evidence to suggest this was the case.

"I am keen to hear from anyone who saw Noel in the days leading up to his death or saw anyone or anything unusual in or around New Butt Lane, SE8 during that time.

"This is a deeply distressing time for Noel and Marie's family as they come to terms with their loss."

If you have any information that will assist the investigation, please call the incident room on 020 8721 4205 or 101. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or tweet @MetCC.

Noel Brown and his daughter Marie

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