Brown's homicide still unsolved four years later

It's been four years and the investigation is no closer to being solved.

The S.C. Highway Patrol is still seeking leads and answers to who killed Jasmine Denean Brown.

Brown was a 13-year-old seventh grader at Blackville-Hilda Junior High School when she was struck and killed by a sedan on S.C. 3 near Wednesday Lane near Blackville April 21, 2005.

A pink wooden cross with "Jasmine" painted on it still stands near the site of the incident.

Brown and her mother, Tabitha Stevenson Brown, had parked their car alongside the road and were retrieving a piece of furniture that had fallen off their car. Brown was on one side of the road and her mother was on the other when the accident occurred.

The car, believed to be a burgundy Ford Crown Victoria built between 1992 and 1997, drove away. The car might have damage on its right front bumper, said Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with the S.C. Highway Patrol, who is still investigating the incident.

Police are still searching for that car.

"The case is still open," he said. "Of all the wrecks, that one stays with me, I guess because I have children."

Brown is remembered as a popular, well-behaved child who was involved in the band, on the basketball team and the Enforcers step team.

The Brown case is the only unsolved vehicular homicide for this area, which includes Allendale, Barnwell, Bamberg and Hampton counties, Jones said.

One theory as to why the case hasn't been solved yet is that the car might be from out-of-state, he said.

Days and weeks after Brown's death, Jones followed leads that took him around the area and into Georgia, he said.

However, nothing substantial has turned up yet, Jones said.

Anyone with possible information is encouraged to call the Bamberg Highway Patrol office at (803) 245-5746 or the SCHP Troop 7 headquarters in Orangeburg at (803) 531-6855 or the Barnwell County Sheriff's Office at (803) 541-1052.