Authorities are searching for ex-NFL safety Sergio Brown after his mother was found dead near her home during search operations for both of them on Saturday.
Myrtle Brown, the 73-year-old mother of the younger Brown, 35, was found dead near a creek behind her home in Maywood, Illinois—a Chicago suburb with just over 20,000 residents—shortly after their family reported them missing on Saturday, according to a press statement the Maywood Police Department shared with Forbes.
The elder Brown’s cause of death was injuries from an assault and the manner of death was a homicide, according to medical examiner’s records obtained by CNN.
The Maywood Police Department, which told Forbes it had no new information at the moment, is still searching for Sergio Brown, and local detectives are requesting that anyone with information reach out.
Sergio Brown is an Illinois native and former college football player for the University of Notre Dame. He had a seven-year stint as a safety in the NFL with the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills. Myrtle Brown’s next-door neighbor Carlos Cortez told local TV station WBBM he last saw the player and his mother alive in-person on Thursday and that his Ring doorbell camera showed Sergio Brown taking out the trash and allegedly burning his mother’s clothes in a bonfire. Cortez also mentioned that police had been called to the home before, but he did not detail the reasons behind those house calls.
“They said he wasn’t himself the past few months. He was out of his mind,” Cortez said members of Myrtle and Sergio Brown’s family told him, according to WBBM.