A former NFL player is missing and his mother was found dead in a suspected homicide after relatives told Illinois authorities they couldn’t reach either family member Saturday.
Ex-pro football player Sergio Brown, 35, and his 73-year-old mother Myrtle Brown were reported missing by family Saturday, Maywood police said, according to local reports.
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After a search was launched for the pair, Myrtle Brown was found dead near a creek behind her home, authorities said, WGN-TV reported.
Her death was ruled a homicide Sunday by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
She reportedly died from multiple injuries tied to an assault, officials said.
Sheila Simmons, the fatal victim’s sister, told WGN-TV that she last spoke to her sister Thursday. She was told early Saturday Myrtle and Sergio Brown were missing.
“We’re going to find out what happened because it’s not normal for my sister to not answer her phone, not to respond to text messages. People have been reaching out to her since Friday. No one was able to reach her,” Simmons told the station.
“Now, I got the call this morning saying that she’s missing, so immediately I came out here and find out my sister is dead.”
Sergio Brown, a former safety, appeared in 94 games including for the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills.
He played in the league from 2010 until 2016.
The Notre Dame alum played his high school ball at Proviso East High School in Maywood, a Chicago suburb.
Nick Brown, Sergio’s brother, urged him to come home in a Facebook post, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“I want him to know that I love you and please come home,” Nick Brown wrote.
This story first appeared in the New York Post and was republished with permission.
Originally published as Ex-NFL player Sergio Brown missing as mum found dead in homicide