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Cold case: Michele Brown

Learn about the murder of Michele Brown and assist Victoria Police with any information you may have to help solve the case.

  • On the 14th of March 1992, the body of Michele Brown was discovered in an old shed at the rear of Mialls Gun Shop in Frankston North.

    Michele’s body was found in a state of severe decomposition, and it was determined that she had been murdered by a person or persons unknown.

    Michele was one of five children and lived with her mother, father and younger brother at the time of her death.

    She was a natural athlete and played for the under 17’s Victoria State Netball side, until a knee injury stopped her from continuing.

    As a result of Michele’s injury, her lifestyle deteriorated, and she began to associate with persons involved in criminal activity.

    Michele was described as a loyal friend, so much so that it often led to people taking advantage of her good will.

    Homicide detectives are seeking your help in solving this murder.

    Michele was last seen alive on the evening of Sunday the 1st of March 1992 – which was her 25th Birthday.

    At around 12pm that day, Michele was picked up from her home in Baxter by a friend, and driven to another friend’s house in Frankston North, where she stayed until around 7pm.

    Michele and a female friend then walked to the Food Plus store on Frankston-Dandenong Road, which took them about five minutes.

    Michele borrowed 30 cents from her friend and made a call to her brother, asking for her mother to pick her up from the Frankston Railway Station.

    Michele’s friend left her at the Food Plus store and was then given a lift home by friends passing by.

    Michele was seen walking away from the Food Plus Store between 7pm and 7.15pm.

    It’s not confirmed how she travelled to, or even if she arrived at the Railway Station in Frankston, which is approximately 3.8km from the Food Plus Store.

    A taxi driver saw a woman who he believed to be Michele, near the phone boxes at the Frankston Railway Station between 8pm and 9pm.

    We are asking for anybody who saw a female fitting Michele’s description in or around the public telephone box at the Frankston Railway Station between 8.00 – 9.00pm on Sunday the 1st of March 1992, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

    A witness who resided near Playne Street in Frankston North, reported hearing two separate screams at a time shortly after 9pm, and we are asking for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious or unusual in the vicinity around, and including Playne Street Frankston North, on the evening of Sunday the 1st of March, 1992, to please contact Crime Stoppers.

    Michele’s mother arrived at the Frankston Railway Station shortly after 8pm to pick up Michele but could not locate her daughter.

    It was unusual for Michele not to be waiting when asked to be picked up, and Michele’s mother drove around looking for a while before returning home.

    It wasn’t uncommon for Michele’s parents not to see her for a few days at a time, and as a result, she wasn’t reported missing by her mother until 12 days later, on the 13th of March 1992.

    On the 14th of March 1992, a staff member who worked at Mialls Gun Shop in Frankston North discovered Michele’s body in an old shed out the back.

    The shed was accessible from the railway line and surrounded by blackberry bushes.

    Homicide Detectives would like to speak anyone who may have seen anything at the rear of gun shop in Frankston North or the vacant block of land at the rear of that location.

    Michele was just 25 years old at the time of her murder,

    After 28 years, it could be your information that helps us solve the murder of Michele Brown.

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing to appeal for information in relation to the 1992 murder of Michele Brown in Frankston.

About 12pm on Sunday, 1 March, 1992, 25-year-old Michele was driven by a friend from her home in Baxter to another friend’s house in Frankston, where she stayed until about 7pm.

Michele and a female friend walked to the Food Plus store on Frankston-Dandenong Road, which took them about 5 minutes.

Michele borrowed 30 cents from her friend and made a call to her brother, asking for her mother to pick her up from the Frankston Railway Station.

Her friend left her at Food Plus and was given a lift home by friends passing by.

Michele was seen walking away from the Food Plus store between 7 and 7:15pm, however it’s not known if or how she travelled to Frankston Railway Station, which was just under 4km away.

A taxi driver saw a woman whom he believed to be Michele near the phone boxes at the Frankston Railway Station between 8 and 9pm.

Michele’s mother arrived at the Frankston Railway Station shortly after 8pm but could not locate her daughter.

She then drove around looking Michele for a while before returning home. It was unusual for Michele not to be waiting after making arrangements to be picked up.

A witness, who resided near Playne Street in Frankston, only a few hundred metres south of the station, reported hearing two separate screams shortly after 9pm.

It wasn’t uncommon for Michele’s parents not to see her for a few days and as a result, she was not reported missing by her mother until 13 March, 1992.

The following day, a staff member who worked at Miall’s Gun Shop on Playne Street in Frankston discovered Michele’s body in an old shed at the rear of the premises, which was about 400m south of the railway station.

The shed was accessible from the railway line and surrounded by blackberry bushes.

Michele’s body was in a state of severe decomposition and it was determined that she was murdered by a person or persons unknown.

Police are especially keen to speak to anyone who saw a female fitting Michele’s description in or around the public telephone box on at the Frankston Railway Station between 8-9pm on Sunday, 1 March 1992.

Investigators would also like to speak to anyone who noticed any suspicious or unusual activity in the area around Playne Street, Frankston on that night, or any activity at the rear of the gun shop or in the vacant block behind it.

Detectives are hopeful that over 30 years after Michele’s death, someone will be able to provide information about who was responsible for her murder and why.

In 2022 Victoria Police announced a $1M reward for information in relation to those responsible for Michele’s death.

A reward of up to $1M will be paid at the discretion of the Chief Commissioner of Police, for information leading to the apprehension and subsequent conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Michele Brown.

The Director of Public Prosecutions will consider, according to established guidelines, the granting of indemnification from prosecution to any person who provides information as to the identity of the principal offender or offenders in this matter.

Police are hoping the reward will encourage someone to come forward with information.

Anyone with information relating to Michele’s murder is urged to contact Crime Stoppers Victoria on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report via the Crime Stoppers Victoria website.External Link

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Reviewed 22 January 2024

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