A former NFL player, Sergio Brown, has been taken into police custody on suspicion of first-degree murder. The 35-year-old defensive back had been missing for nearly a month after the body of his mother, Myrtle Brown, was discovered behind her home in Maywood, Illinois. Relatives contacted authorities after being unable to reach her. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Myrtle Brown’s death was the result of an assault, ruling it a homicide.
Following his mother’s death, Sergio Brown’s brother, Nick Brown, took to social media to alert the public about his brother’s disappearance. In an Instagram post, Nick stated that Sergio was missing and pleaded for his safe return, declaring his love for him. The family expressed hope that they would overcome these trying times together, relying on the knowledge that tough times are temporary.
CNN reported that Sergio Brown had been in Mexico during his absence, and Mexican authorities were monitoring his movements since his mother’s body was discovered. On Wednesday morning, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department held Brown on a felony fugitive arrest warrant upon his return to the United States. He is expected to remain in custody in San Diego until he is extradited to Illinois.
While he was missing, Sergio Brown made social media posts suggesting that his mother was on vacation and dismissing certain media reports about him as “fake news.” However, these posts were contradicted by the investigation into his mother’s death. Last week, Myrtle Brown’s family issued a statement urging a thorough investigation into her murder and pleaded for Sergio’s safe return. They hoped to turn their tragic loss into a catalyst for positive change and justice.
The family expressed relief on Wednesday after hearing the news of Sergio Brown’s arrest and return to the United States unharmed. They issued a statement through NBC News, stating their gratitude for the apprehension of Sergio and their hope for a fair legal process.
Sergio Brown had a seven-year career in the NFL, playing for teams like the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Buffalo Bills. Prior to his professional career, he played college football at Notre Dame.
The Western Journal originally published this article.