Vigil honors missing Nashville woman found dead at trash disposal site

Ashley Brown (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Friends and family members gathered Thursday afternoon to remember a 27-year-old woman who was found dead several days after she was reported missing.

Ashley Brown was last seen leaving a friend’s apartment near West End early Saturday morning. At that time, she said she was going to the store, but she never returned.

She was later reported missing by a friend on Saturday night.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

Police said Thursday they believe Brown’s body may have been in a dumpster in the vicinity of her friend’s apartment before it was transported to the South Nashville trash disposal site. Her remains were found early Wednesday morning by an employee at the facility.

Brown’s cause of death remains under investigation. The preliminary autopsy results are inconclusive, police said.

Her family, who had flown in from Arizona to look for her, held a vigil at Centennial Park in her memory.

They released balloons because Thursday was also her 28th birthday.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said her dad Trever Brown. “We hoped they would find something, anything to figure out what happened.”

Metro Police and her parents are asking for the public’s help.

“Somebody has got to know something and just come forward,” said her stepmom Amy Brown. “Call the number and help solve the case, please.”

Brown, according to her parents, had only lived in Nashville for about a month and was working as a surgical tech.

Anyone with information on where she may have been after 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, is urged to call police at 615-862-7329.