New York authorities announce resolution of 32-year-old missing person case out of Brooklyn

Family happened to get in touch with authorities by chance encounter.

Updated: September 7, 2022 - 3:21pm

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A more-than-three-decade old missing person case in New York City was recently solved after family members had a fortuitous chance encounter with a news broadcast. 

Authorities announced recently that they had determined the fate of Myrtle Brown, a woman who had disappeared while visiting friends in Brooklyn in 1990. 

Brown, who was epileptic, had gone to King's County Hospital in Brooklyn to get a medication refill. She was never seen by her family again, though loved ones came to New York and consulted authorities in repeated attempts to find her. 

Brown's fate remained unknown until earlier this year, when her brother Robert happened to be watching a broadcast of NBC Nighty News With Lester Holt. Thinking he had seen his sister's face on a report about New York cold cases, he contacted authorities in that city.

The individual seen on television was not Myrtle Brown, but the Brown family was able to give New York authorities enough information that they were able to identify Brown as the woman who suffered a seizure passed away at King's County Hospital while waiting for her medication. 

"As soon as I saw the photo ... just, you know it, you knew it was her,” Brown's daughter, Eboney, told NBC News.