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Murder charge filed in Taney County, victim identified

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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 5:16 am | Updated: 4:25 am, Thu Feb 28, 2013.

Police have identified the woman found dead in the Ramada Resort and Conference Center Sunday, and her missing husband, who is charged with murder.

Police reported Marilyn J. Brown, 63, of California, was found dead in her hotel room, and her husband, Thomas P. Brown, 68, of California, is at large. Marilyn Brown died from a gun shot wound, according to police.

Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell filed charges against Thomas Brown Tuesday. The charges are first-degree murder and armed criminal action. An address for Brown is not listed on the Missouri Courts website.

The date of the offenses is listed as Feb. 21, last Thursday, the day the California couple was said to have checked in to the hotel.

Police say there is no reason at this time to believe anyone else is involved.

Police reported the couple recently moved from California, which police learned Thomas Brown did not want to do. They were forced to live out of a motel because they had been displaced from the place they had expected to live in Branson.

Police say the room showed no signs of struggle, but Thomas Brown, their pet, car and his belongings were all gone from the room when police arrived.

At approximately 1:42 p.m. Sunday, police responded to the report of a body found by hotel employees.

Crutcher said they checked in Thursday and were scheduled to leave Sunday, and it is believed they were then searching for a permanent residence.

An approximate time of death has not been determined, but Crutcher said it appeared the woman had been dead for more than 24 hours.

Police are currently looking for help in locating the husband. He is believed to be driving a blue 2006 Dodge Durango, with California license plate number 5WRF678.

Anyone with information regarding the case can call detective Sean Barnwell at 417-337-8593 or an anonymous hotline number at 417-334-1085.

"Right now our goal is to locate the husband," Crutcher said.

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