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The Disappearance of Doris Brown

The Disappearance of Doris Brown


Case File Overview


Doris Brown was last seen on March 16th, 2006 in the Mosby Court area of Richmond, Virginia. Mosby Court is a neighbourhood and public housing project located in eastern Richmond. Later in March, after Doris’s family was unable to locate her, she was reported missing by her sister.

When she disappeared, Doris was 35 years old. Doris is African-American and has brown eyes and brown hair, which she typically wears in braids. She is 5’6” (168 cm), 150 lbs (68 kg) and “has a mole on her left elbow and a long scar near her left eye. She may put her first and middle names together, as in ‘DorisAnn.'”

Although the police have spent considerable time following up on numerous leads and rumours related to Doris’s disappearance, her whereabouts remain unknown.

Case File Theories


There is little detailed coverage of Doris’s disappearance, so it is difficult to thoroughly delve into possible theories. Here is what we do know. After a fight with someone at the Legacy Inn, Doris was seen entering a white Chevrolet truck and has never been seen or heard from again.

Doris is often described as living a “high-risk lifestyle” because she used drugs and stayed at boarding houses, “transient” hotels, and even on the streets. I have mentioned before in another post how much I have grown to detest the term “high-risk lifestyle.” The executive director of the London Abused Women’s Centre has clarified why this term is offensive. Megan Walker explained, “It implies that the women themselves are at fault for what may happen to them because they have pursued or consented to be in a high-risk lifestyle.” As I have noted before, language can carry with it implied judgments, and this is important to remember.

When she vanished, Doris “had no cellular phone, bank account, car or even a fixed address, making her very difficult to track.” However, Doris’s family believes that she did not just pick up and run off to start a new life. Doris had five children and by all accounts it is highly unlikely that she abandoned them.

What do you think happened to Doris?

Doris’s family and the Richmond Police Department are holding out hope that a member of the public will come forward with information that will help to locate Doris.

Photo of missing person Doris Brown
Source: Crime Stoppers

If you have any information about Doris’s mysterious disappearance, please contact the Richmond Police Department at 804-646-7715 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. There is currently a cash reward of up to $1000 in this case.

Related reading

Press release – Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers

Doris Ann Brown – NamUS profile

“Missing persons mystery: This woman vanished 12 years ago in Richmond” – WTVR News

“Missing Richmond woman last seen in 2006” – NBC News

Doris Ann Brown – The Charley Project

Interested in missing persons cases? Check out the disappearance of Asha Degree and the mysterious vanishing of Amy Wroe Bechtel.




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  1. I just started reading these disappearances/murders/kidnappings/etc and this one leaves me the most clueless. Literally, I would be surprised if they got a lead that led to anything, I mean, she did not have a cellphone at all, which is what police officers use a lot to track people. This story gives me chills, I really enjoy reading these these kinds of stories though. The thing I hate though is that so many families of the people in these stories don’t know what happened to their loved ones. Like the stories of Brandon Swanson and Lisa Leckie. Ok, I hope they find the answers to these cases and have a good day!

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Elise. Thanks so much for reading and for taking the time to share your thoughts. I agree with you that Doris’ case is baffling. I hope one day her loved ones get some answers. I too am intrigued by unsolved cold cases and missing person cases. But like you hope above all else they get solved so loved ones can have at least some sense of closure. I like to think our site helps keep stories alive so they get some attention, which rarely hurts when trying to close a case. Have you checked out the Maura Murray case? If you like mysterious cases that will keep you busy for a while! I’ve never written about it, but there is a whole podcast about it. If you check it out, be sure to start WAY back at the beginning.

  2. J.C J.C

    I was looking into this case because I had a school project on crime and I randomly picked on this missing case. While looking into this case I noticed how faint it looked and it feels like there should be more details in this case. For a school project I thought it would be hard to work with so if anyone has anymore sources please let me know because I would like to see it. Well anyways, from looking at what we got and what was said I’m gonna say my theory to what I think happened to Doris Ann Brown on March 16, 2006. So according to the sources provided by the article and what this article said itself, it was said she had five children and no cellular phone, bank account, car, and fixed address. From another source it was said that she was last seen with an older Black Man. Now from this article she was last seen at the Legacy Inn in a White Truck, I would also like to see the footage of her leaving. Knowing the fact she had 5 children I would find it weird for her disappearing and knowing the fact that she didn’t have a car, it would make sense she disappeared in the older black male White Truck even though it wasn’t said in the article she was leaving with someone. If she never had a car I would find it weird how she would have been last seen in one. After thinking about this for a while, I would assume the worse and expect she went missing in a car crash. If so, and knowing she hasn’t been seen for 16 years, I would expect it to be in a Pond or River. There wasn’t much to work with but that’s what I conclude. But this may not be the story because I looked into the missing case files of Richmond Virginia and saw nobody else went missing on March 16th, 2006 or fitting the description. I find this a very interesting case and if there is anymore sources or anything else I could use for this project I would like to know. For the most part I notice many holes in this case and knowing how long this case hasn’t been solved I would find it hard for any lead to show up. But this is what I have gotten from this.

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