EBRO - A Jacksonville man has confessed to the murder of Ebro resident Dennis Brown.

Washington County Sheriff's Office first received a report Monday that Brown, 49, of Ebro, was missing - a case that Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews said was being worked "around the clock" earlier this week. WCSO was advised Brown, who had been at a friend’s house having drinks, had not been seen since leaving the friend’s residence on September 9.

A body was then discovered by a Washington County Public Works employee on Crews Lake Road Thursday morning, lying just 15 feet from the roadway. WCSO did not immediately confirm the remains were that of Dennis Brown, but stated in a press release Friday that confirmation has been made, and Kendreqco Donnell Singleton, 33, of Jacksonville, was charged with an open count of murder Thursday evening.

During the missing person investigation, WCSO received statements that Brown went to a residence located at 5645 HWY 79 in Vernon, where Singleton was staying while visiting his girlfriend’s family.

Following the discovery of the body on Crews Lake Road, the investigation shifted from a missing person case to what investigators believed to be a homicide.

According to the evidence and statements given to WCSO investigators, it is believed that Singleton and Brown engaged in a verbal altercation that led to Singleton shooting Brown multiple times.

“We have gathered evidence that leads us to believe that Singleton attempted to bury Mr. Brown’s body on an adjacent property,” says Sheriff Crews. “It is also believed Singleton later removed Mr. Brown’s body, transporting it to Crews Lake Road, where it was discovered by a county employee yesterday.”

Singleton, who is being held without bond in the Washington County Jail, gave a sworn statement to investigators confessing to the murder of Dennis Brown.