Accused killer clown arrested in Virginia after 27-year-old cold case

Accused killer clown arrested in Virginia after 27-year-old cold case”

WASHINGTON COUNTY, VA (WJHL) - Washington County, Va. Sheriff's Office officials announced an arrest has been made in a 27-year-old homicide cold case from Palm Beach County, Florida.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that 54-year-old Sheila Keen Warren was arrested Tuesday in Virginia.

The murder took place on May 26, 1990, the report said, and the victim was Marlene Warren.

Twenty-seven years after a clown carrying flowers and two balloons shot a woman to death at her front door, Florida authorities announced an arrest in one of the more weird cold case investigations in a state known for freaky crimes.

Warren opened the door, ready to receive the surprise gifts, but the clown had other intentions, shooting her in the face before calmly walking back to the Chrysler LeBaron and driving away.

Newman, the Washington County sheriff, said Michael Warren was present when his wife was arrested, but he would give no further details.

The suspect is being held at the Southwest Regional Jail in Abingdon, Virginia, where she is awaiting extradition to Florida. An arrest warrant was obtained for Sheila Warren.

The person dressed as a clown was carrying a flower arrangement and two balloons.

Witnesses said they heard a gunshot before Marlene fell to the ground.

Witnesses heard the gunshot then saw the clown calmly walk back to the auto and drove away, police said.

Sheila Keen was identified as a suspect, but an arrest was never made.

In 2014, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Unit reopened the homicide investigation and witnesses were re-contacted.

Sheila Keen married Michael Warren - Marlene Warren's husband - in 2002, investigators say. Investigators said they had been living in Tennessee operating a restaurant together.

An arrest warrant was obtained for Keen after the August 31 grand jury indictment.

Then the murder investigation led police to unrelated evidence of wrongdoing at Michael Warren's vehicle rental agency, and in 1992 he was sentenced to prison on 43 counts of odometer tampering, grand theft and racketeering, The Palm Beach Post reported at the time.

PBSO Detectives received assistance from the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, U.S. Marshal's Task Force Western District of Virginia, Detectives from the Washington County Virginia Sheriff's and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations.

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