July 31, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Family of Wayne State law student slain last fall pleads for information

Detroit— Nine months ago, Wayne State University law student and mother of three Tiane Brown was found dead inside her SUV in an overgrown lot on the city’s east side. Her family members said they’ve lived in anguish every day since then.

“We miss her dearly,” Brown’s mother, Sheryl Jones, said during a Crime Stoppers of Michigan press conference Friday. “I wake up some days in tears; some days in pain. We want justice for her. Her children are suffering still. I not only have to deal with my pain, I have to help them.”

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for tips that lead to Brown’s killer. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

“Unfortunately, the tips aren’t coming in like they were,” Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody said. “But it’s still an active case. Our investigators are doing what they can to develop leads, and hopefully arrest the person responsible and get a prosecution.”

Brown’s parents reported her missing Oct. 29, the day before her body was found, when she failed to pick up her children at their West Bloomfield Township home.

Police said Brown, whose daughters are now 15, 9 and 2˝, was last seen taking an online test at the Wayne State law library. The video camera in the library was broken, and it’s unknown if anyone spoke to her or if she left alone.

The day after police discovered Brown’s body, they arrested two men, Michael Booker, 41, and Robert Windsor, 34, who were in possession of Brown’s cellphone. They faced various charges, although investigators said they didn’t believe the two men were involved with her death.

In November, Police Chief James Craig said investigators believed Brown likely knew her killer or killers. The following month, police released photos and videos taken from a gas station surveillance camera, showing two men, described as “persons of interest,” who had used Brown’s credit card shortly before midnight on Oct. 29, a few hours after she was last seen.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAK-UP (773-2587).

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