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Breaking: Prime suspect in Esme Barrera murder dead, DNA links to other assaults
A deceased man by the name of James Loren Brown is now considered a suspect of the Jan. 1, 2012 murder of Esme Barrera. Reports state he was 25.
Police were called by his roommate on Jan. 12 who had returned from holiday break and found Brown dead from apparent suicide.
A detective noticed a photo in the shared house that resembled sketches that circulated the media after Barrera's death. Brown lived in the 3000 block of Guadalupe — not far from the King Street crime scene.
KXAN reports: "On January 25, DNA scientists were able to confirm that the tests results linked Brown to the E. 31st Street case. Because Brown is linked to that particular case, APD believes Brown is also a suspect in the four other unsolved cases in south Austin that have been connected through DNA evidence."
Those four additional assaults in Central Austin were on female joggers on South Congress and Barton Springs Road (July) and Comal and Haskell (September).
APD is asking if anyone saw or had contact with James Loren Brown on New Year’s Eve or during the early part of January 2012 to contact the Homicide Tip Line at (512) 477-3588.
Keep up with the investigation on KXAN.com. A benefit is being held this weekend at Beerland for Barrera, "A Night For Esme: The Crack Pipes, Ted Leo, The Golden Boys, Royal Butchers."