Cold Case Symposium To Revisit Four Escambia Murders

March 13, 2023

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office will hold a two-day cold case symposium this week as they seek to solve four murders, three of which are North Escambia related.

Anna Louise Brown, 38, was found dead on Gibson Road off Crabtree Church Road in Molino on April 30, 2017 (pictured above and inset). Brown, 38, was pronounced deceased at the scene; her body was discovered face down by the roadway. Investigators believe the murder was not a random act of violence, and they believe Brown knew the person that killed her. No suspect has been named by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Kenneth Deshun Underwood, 9, and three companions went bird hunting in the woods near their Cantonment home on January 2, 1981. Everyone returned home that afternoon except for Underwood. Escambia County Search and Rescue personnel were called. The area where Underwood was last seen alive was canvassed. His body was discovered about 5:45 the next morning  in an area near Booker Street. His cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma.

Connie Annette Slaughter, 43, was found dead in the backyard of her home in the 400 block of East 10 Mile Road on the morning of December 10, 2010. She had been strangled to death.

Steven R. Davis was shot at a Winn Dixie at 400 North Navy Boulevard during the early morning hours of August 26, 1998. He suffered a single gunshot wound to his head and two to his back.

The symposium, to be held March 15-16, will enlist the expertise of retired certified law enforcement detectives in the area.

“We have a number of retired deputies and law enforcement professionals who have offered their expertise in the past,” Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said. “We look to take advantage of the years of experience these veteran law enforcement professionals bring. Just because someone is retired, doesn’t mean they have lost their experience and intuition. We hope that our current cold case investigators combined with volunteer experienced retirees can help close these cases and bring closure to the families.”

The ECSO considers a case to be cold when all leads have been exhausted without establishing probable cause for an arrest.

Anyone with information on any of the cases is asked to call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP.

Pictured above: The body of Anna Louise Brown was found here on Gibson Road in Molino on April 30, 2017. photos, click to enlarge.


7 Responses to “Cold Case Symposium To Revisit Four Escambia Murders”

  1. Mack M on March 15th, 2023 4:02 pm

    In Danielle Bell’s disappearance, the EVIL MONSTER Robert L Bassett is mentioned. He has been arrested in Santa Rosa also. But, no arrest in connection
    with Danielle’s disappearance even though he was hosting the party.

    For the story on Danielle Bell:

    For the news on Robert L. Bassett:

    It’s been long enough now, that these cold cases should be checked out to the fullest. Anna, Kenneth, Connie and Steven you are not forgotten. Hopefully a lead in the near future will bring some arrests in solving the cases on these people. May God be with you.

  2. Vicky on March 15th, 2023 3:48 pm

    Praying for everyone in this situation I hope they solve these cases . I don’t understand about the 9 year old boy that’s sad I think there’s more than what they saying the guys said they looked for him but couldn’t find him but the cops searched and found him not far from where they were hunting. I just hope they find justice for everyone God Bless

  3. concerned citizen on March 15th, 2023 11:19 am

    Dear Jack, IF you have info or other sources, you should call them and tell. It could help any of these cases. “See something…say something” is a good rule of thumb.

    Dear Tony, Danielle is always on my mind….I pray for her case and a resolution for her parents and family. It doesn’t cost anything for someone with information to come forward. Somebody out there is holding out….for whatever reason.

  4. Tony Montana on March 14th, 2023 1:28 pm

    ANIELLE BELL DANIELLE BELL DANIELLE BELL! Has everyone forgotten about this child too! Never found her or her body. Went to a party and just vanished. Where are the Feds and GMA at or a large sum of money would get people talking ijs its been like 20yr

  5. Jack on March 13th, 2023 8:27 pm

    I wish they would let outsiders to help a outside in look my be important

  6. dave lamb on March 13th, 2023 2:03 pm

    Anna has not been forgotten by her large family. Nothing would please us more than ESCO to solve this case. I pray that evidence can be found to put the murderer away for good. The person responsible has six years of freedom not deserved..

  7. Terra Mcdaniel on March 13th, 2023 7:40 am

    Thank you for doing this! Our daughter was shot and killed and the police did not work the crime scene appropriately. They botched the investigation and her killer is walking around free.

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