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Hearing postponed in case of body found mummified

GEORGETOWN — A hearing for the man whose wheelchair-dependent sister's mummified body was found in his car trunk was postponed Thursday because he has obtained private counsel.

Timothy Allen Brown's attorney was not present during his preliminary hearing in Scott District Court, so the hearing was rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Brown had been represented by public defender Doug Crickmer.

Brown, 30, pleaded not guilty Nov. 6 in Scott District Court to knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor related to his 8-year-old son.

Police said the boy was removed from Brown's apartment in September after social workers found filthy conditions there.

Investigators found 31-year-old Penny Brown's body after they towed her brother's car to Georgetown from St. Louis, more than 300 miles away. Someone complained that the car had been left on a street for days.

Penny Brown's body, wrapped in quilts and industrial plastic, was so decomposed that the state medical examiner's office was unable to determine a cause of death. The body might have been in Timothy Brown's apartment in Georgetown for up to two years, police said.

Brown signed his sister out of a nursing home in 2006.

Penny Brown had stopped using her food stamps and she didn't use her medical card after she left Georgetown Healthcare, according to police reports.

Investigators say Timothy Brown had been cashing his disabled sister's Social Security Income checks, which amounted to $600 to $700 a month.

Friends and neighbors told police they had never seen Penny Brown at her brother's house. Her father told investigators he last spoke with her in December.