On March 23, 1981 Steve Brown, age 15, disappeared from Falkner, MS. After school, he went to baseball practice and then went hunting (which was mostly target shooting) in the woods behind Little Hope Cemetery with Mike Miskelley, age 15. Mike later said that he then dropped Steve off in front of the Bank of Falkner, as Steve had a date with Tammy Glissen (in many accounts she is listed as Tammy Nance, but from what I found, Glissen is her maiden name and Nance is her married name from her first marriage), age 16, that night to go to Corinth. He did not show up. Steve’s father talked to Mike around 7:30pm or 8pm to see if he knew where he was. Mike joined in the search for Steve, which became a full blown search around 11pm. Searches continued for about 2 weeks, however, he was not found.
Prior to this, Steve had previously been dating Tammy Glissen. In December they decided to start seeing other people. During this time, Tammy started dating Mike Miskelley. Then on March 21, 1982, Tammy and Steve started dating again. Tammy told Mike on March 22, which he appeared to be upset over. However, after Steve disappeared, Tammy resumed dating Mike. But during this time, she continually accused Mike of being responsible for Steve’s disappearance. She also accused him of killing Steve. She asked him about this daily, at school and at home. Finally, around May 1, he confessed to Tammy that he killed Steve and put him in a hole he had dug in the woods. He said it did it for her, because he felt Steve was coming between them and he loved Tammy.
After Mike confessed to her, she told her father, who let investigators know. Tammy then made a statement to the investigators, who then had Mike take a polygraph test. Unfortunately, without the body, nothing happened until December 27, 1982, when Steve’s skeletal remains were found by Denny Ross, while hunting in Benton County, MS behind the Blackwell Church (Little Hope Cemetery is behind this church). His remains were identified through dental records and also his rifle was identified as belonging to him.
Mike Miskelley was convicted of murder in 1983, but it was overturned by the Mississippi Supreme Court and ordered to be retried. He then pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received a 10 year sentence. By that point, he was eligible for parole.
This Day in History: Steven Vance Brown murder 3/23/81 Falkner, MS
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