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UPDATE: Remains Positively Identified as Mia Chay Brown

By: Vanessa Nguyen
By: Vanessa Nguyen

Authorities confirm the body found inside the trunk of a Toyota Avalon in Hartford Monday is 24-year-old Mia Chay Brown. Her alleged kidnapper, 33-year-old Johnny Mack Calhoun, appeared in court Tuesday, but he hasn't been charged with her murder.

33-year-old Johnny Mack Calhoun had a bond hearing Tuesday afternoon on charges of evidence tampering and obstruction of justice. Calhoun reportedly returned to his mobile home after authorities seized it as part of their investigation into the death of 24-year-old Mia Chay Brown.

"We're still working on a lot of stuff so I prefer to hold off on that, what the tampering is,” said Holmes County Sheriff Tim Brown. “We're doing everything we can."

Sheriff's officials have secured Calhoun's trailer in an impound lot at the Holmes County Jail. Calhoun has not yet been charged with Brown's death. But many people including Sheriff Brown believe he is responsible.

"I feel like we have the right person."

"I'm 99.9% sure that he killed her,” said Christopher Dozier. “As a character, Johnny Mack, I wouldn't put it past him for five seconds."

Brown was last seen on December 16 at the Charlie's Grocery and Deli in Esto where she worked for several years. Customer Howard Harrison said he remembered seeing her there that night.

"She was real nice, real nice Christian girl, matter of fact, she was too nice,” he said. “I hate to say it but that's probably what cost her life."

Calhoun frequently visited Brown at work and allegedly abducted her that night. Her burnt 2000 Toyota Avalon was found Monday morning in a wooded area in Hartford, AL. Authorities confirmed Tuesday afternoon Brown's body was found inside the vehicle.

"She enjoyed everyday that she got up,” said Brenda Marine. “She always had a smile on her face. She was the kind of person that if you were down, she would pick you up."

Calhoun's bond has been set at $20,000. If he posts bond, he'll be required to check in every other day.


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