DNA confirms bodies found in burned car are Asia Brown and toddler son

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — DNA tests confirmed Tuesday what police suspected for weeks: The bodies found in a burned out Buick Lacrosse on Feb. 23 are that of 22-year-old mother Asia Brown and her 2-year-old son, Ashton.

Greensboro police got the positive DNA results on Monday night through testing at a local lab, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

Autopsies of Asia and Ashton Brown still have not been completed by the N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh. However, police said the pair are the victims of homicide.

The pair was found by city workers on Feb. 23 in Asia Brown’s 2005 Buick Lacrosse. The newly-purchased vehicle was parked on a service road off Thurston Avenue near South Buffalo Creek. Asia had been reported missing the day before by a coworker. Asia and Ashton were found in the body of the vehicle, which had been set on fire. According to court documents, the license plate of the vehicle was not on the car, but nearby.

Police have interviewed family members and close friends of the mother and son. Neither the interviews nor the evidence have yielded any suspects or motive to this point.

Police are still asking anyone with information about Asia and Ashton Brown’s whereabouts on Feb. 20 or potential suspects in the homicide to call law enforcement, or Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000.

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