Homicide detectives in Maywood, Illinois, are currently investigating the death of a former NFL player's mother, Myrtle Brown, after both her and her son, Sergio Brown, were reported missing from their Chicago suburb home. The 73-year-old Myrtle Brown was discovered unresponsive near a creek behind her house on Saturday during the police search for her and Sergio Brown, who is a 35-year-old former player for the Buffalo Bills.
According to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, Myrtle Brown suffered from "multiple injuries due to assault," leading them to classify her death as a homicide. Family members, who were unable to locate or contact the pair, reported them missing earlier on Saturday, prompting the Maywood Police Department to launch a search operation. Myrtle Brown's body was found during the second round of the search, but the police statement did not provide details about what led them to investigate the case as a homicide.
Currently, Sergio Brown's whereabouts remain unknown, and the Maywood Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in locating him. Sergio Brown, a former NFL player, held various positions during his career, including defensive back, free safety, and strong safety. He played for his high school football team in Maywood and later attended the University of Notre Dame, where he played football before moving on to play for multiple NFL teams, including the Indianapolis Colts and the Buffalo Bills. In 2016, it was announced on NFL on Fox's Facebook page that Brown had earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Miami.
The circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Sergio Brown and the death of his mother have left the community shocked and searching for answers. Family members express their concern over the unusual silence from Myrtle Brown, describing her as someone who would always answer her phone and respond to messages. Sheila Simmons, Myrtle Brown's sister, revealed that she had last spoken to her on September 14, just days after her birthday on September 8. Simmons received a phone call at around 3 a.m. on the day they were reported missing, alerting her to their disappearance.
Simmons immediately went to Myrtle Brown's home in Maywood and noticed that things were out of place. The family is eager to uncover the truth about what happened to their loved ones and find closure. Sergio Brown, a respected former Notre Dame football standout and a Maywood native, began his professional career in 2010 when he signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent. He went on to play seven seasons in the NFL for the Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Buffalo Bills, before his last season in 2016.
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