Sheila Keen Warren: Killer Clown Cold Case Returns to Love Triangle

Woman Arrested in 27-Year-Old Florida Killer Clown Case

The crime was considered a cold case until 2014, when it was reopened by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Unit.

On May 26, 1990, a person dressed in an orange wig and white face paint parked a white Chrysler convertible in Marlene Warren's driveway at 14570 Takeoff Place in Wellington. Investigators said they had been living in Tennessee operating a restaurant together.

In 1991, Michael Warren denied having an affair with Keen and told the Miami Herald he could not say whether she killed his wife.

Fast-forward 27 years to September 26, when police arrested Sheila Keen Warren in Virginia.

Sheila Keen Warren, 54, who had previously been named as a suspect in the 1990 fatal shooting of Marlene Warren, was arrested at her Virginia home on Tuesday for first-degree murder, Palm Beach County authorities announced.

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Warren was in a jail cell in Abingdon, Virginia, near the Tennessee state line on Wednesday morning, awaiting extradition to Florida. But there was never enough evidence to charge her until DNA evidence could be retested recently with new technology. The clown gave her the flowers and balloons. The clown was holding a flower arrangement and two balloons. Aherns didn't remember what he said, but he remembered the clown's brown eyes. Marlene sustained a gunshot wound to the face and was transported to Palm West Hospital where she died two days later.

The white convertible driven by the clown, which was later found abandoned, was eventually linked to the vehicle dealership Michael and Marlene operated. However, no fingerprints, or gun, or blood, or the clown suit had been discovered.

A spokesperson for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office declined to comment further on the investigation, saying the indictment was under seal.

The balloons that the clown carried were only sold at a Publix at Community and Military Trail, near Sheila Keen's home, according to the investigators.

Hours after the killing, workers at a costume shop called police and said a woman had bought a clown costume two days earlier - then picked Keen out of a photo lineup, the newspaper reported in 1990. Store clerks picked her out of a lineup and police found fibers from a bright, orange wig in Keen Warren's home.




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