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Decomposing body of missing Fort Pierce woman found in serial rape suspect's car

Kano Brown arrested in multiple attacks
Kathleen Black
Posted at 11:57 AM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 23:28:19-04

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office revealed gruesome new details Wednesday in the case of a serial rape suspect arrested last week.

Kano Brown was arrested last week on multiple rape charges after violent attacks on women dating back to 2016.

Sheriff Ken Mascara said the property owner of the apartment where Brown was arrested called family members and asked them to remove his car, which was parked at the apartment.

A member of Brown’s family moved the car to their house, but on Sunday family members began to notice an odor coming from the vehicle.

They began searching Brown's car, opened the trunk and found a decomposing woman's body later identified as Kathleen Black, 49, of Fort Pierce.

Black had been reported missing to the Fort Pierce Police Department last week.

"The autopsy of Black proved she died from injuries consistent with Brown’s violent attacks reported by other victims,” said Mascara. "We think these were random attacks."

Kano Brown
Kano Brown is a suspected serial rapist who was charged with murder on July 28, 2021.

Mascara said they believe Brown picked up Black prior to his arrest on Thursday, violently attacked and killed her before hiding her body in the trunk of his car.

“Currently, our detectives are working closely with the State Attorney’s Office to determine the best was to charge Kano Brown, build a solid case against him and hopefully seek a Grand Jury indictment for the death penalty, because that’s what he deserves,” Mascara said.

The car Brown was driving is described as 2002 light Blue Mercury Grand Marquis.

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If you have had any interaction with Brown, you are urged to contact our St. Lucie County detectives at 772-462-3230.

It will be up to the state attorney’s office to determine if Brown is ultimately charged in connection with Black’s death.

The sheriff said last week that DNA linked Brown to all three sexual assaults.