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2578DFVT - Iris Leslie Brown

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Name: Iris Leslie Brown
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: March 15, 1976
Location Last Seen: Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont

Physical Description

Date of Birth: August 26, 1948
Age: 27 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 127 lbs.
Hair Color: Dark brown.
Eye Color: Hazel
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown


Dentals: Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: A long green wool coat and blue jeans.
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

Iris Brown was last seen leaving her apartment in Burlington in March 1976 with William Posey. Posey had recently been released from a federal penitentiary in Danbury, Connecticut, where Brown's boyfriend, Martin Gold, was also incarcerated. After Posey told Iris that Gold was being released early and needed a ride, Iris agreed to go with Posey and left with him later that same day.

William Posey was convicted of the kidnapping of Iris in 1981, but not murder, since Brown's body had not been found, and was sentenced to life in prison.

Although blood believed to be Iris’ was found in Posey’s car after her disappearance, police had no proof of what happened to her, or where her body might be.

Posey confessed to the killing in April 2008. Posey, who initially claimed to have driven Brown to Springfield, Massachusetts, now maintains he never left Vermont, and may not have driven much beyond Barre, the last place he was seen the night Brown disappeared.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Burlington Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Det/Lt. Art Cyr
Agency Phone Number: 802-658-2704
Agency E-Mail: lance.burnham(at)
Agency Case Number: 7612263

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 20111

Information Source(s)

Vermont State Police
Burlington Free Press News Archive
CNN News Archive
WCAX News Archive

Admin Notes

Added: 5/2/08; Last Updated: 5/28/16

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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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