Erika Brown, 14, Vanished From Philadelphia Never To Be Heard From Again

Posted on October 22, 2018, 3:04 pm
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At 14-years-old, Erika Brown went missing from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. The young teen vanished on May 16, 2006, and there are very few details made available in her case. Authorities believed that she was still in the local area, so did they consider her to be a runaway? Endangered? At-risk? We just don’t know. They also said Erika is known to go by the name “Ericka Burton” and an alternative birthdate of May 20, 1990 (her real birthdate is June 20, 1991).

A childhood acquaintance of Erika’s commented on Facebook a memory of the missing girl in January 2018:

“I knew Erica at summer camp at NYSP Temple. In Philly 2004-2006 I believe. She mentioned family members moving in and not feeling comfortable. I was only 14 so you listen but you don’t really know what to say. It wasn’t until 2006 when I saw her missing picture I realized this was my camp friend. I always wondered what happened and occasionally look. This was 10 years ago and a lot has happened in my life so I cant really recall all our interactions. But I remember her being unique and having her own sense of style. I hope she’s safe and sound. It haunts me til this day i almost remember her hinting at running away but I cant be certain of it, it was such a long time ago.”

If this is true, why Erika didn’t feel comfortable? What was it about these family members that made her feel uneasy? And who were they?


Erika was 5’4″ tall and 130 pounds at the time of her disappearance. She has black hair, brown eyes, and a large birthmark on her inner left thigh. Both of her ears are pierced.

Anyone with information regarding Erika whereabouts is urged to contact the Philadelphia Police Department at (215) 685-3257 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.

Please share this story about Erika Brown’s disappearance to continue the conversation about her missing person case. She is our sister and her life matters.

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