Sonny Delong, a transient Omaha man, has been arrested for the murder of Amanda Brown on Tuesday. He was an ex-boyfriend of the victim, apparently a know meth dealer, and the last person seen with her. According to her friends, the relationship between the two was far from harmonious, even being described as volatile and violent. While there have not yet been any reports of charges filed by Brown, Delong does have a previous criminal record of domestic violence, as well as other pending charges.
Firefighters discovered Brown's body while responding to a brush fire late Tuesday evening, near the homeless encampment at 14th and Mason St. Friends of hers, mostly volunteers and other residents at the Siena/Francis House, are devastated by her untimely death, saying she had just made the choice to get her life together. She was set to enter a rehabilitation program in the coming weeks, with hopes of reuniting with her young son.
Delong was officially booked on on suspicion of criminal homicide and first-degree arson, meaning he likely set the fire that led to the discovery of Amanda's body in an attempt to conceal his crime. Her cause of death has not yet been released, pending an autopsy. The investigation is ongoing, as other witnesses are interviewed, but Omaha police seem confident they've got their guy. Congrats to them on the speedy apprehension of a dangerous criminal!