Sat. May 25th, 2024

Ex-NFL player Sergio Brown missing, mother found dead in Illinois creek, officials say

Sergio Brown a 7-year NFL veteran; homicide investigation launched

A former NFL player is missing and his mother is dead as police in Illinois launched an investigation over the weekend into the mysterious circumstances.

Family members of Sergio Brown and his mother, Myrtle, contacted authorities on Saturday to say they couldn’t find or make contact with either person, Maywood police said. A missing persons search was started and 73-year-old Myrtle Brown was found dead in a creek near her home, according to FOX 59.

Authorities were investigating Myrtle Brown’s death as a homicide.

Sheila Simmons, the sister of Myrtle Brown, told WGN-TV that she last talked to her on Sept. 14 and that the woman just celebrated her birthday on Sept. 8. Simmons said she received a phone call around 3 a.m. local time that her sister and nephew 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.”

Simmons added that she went back to the home in Maywood and noticed things were out of place.

Family members told WGN-TV they hadn’t heard from Sergio Brown.

Sergio Brown, a former Notre Dame football standout and Maywood native, signed with the New England Patriots in 2010 as an undrafted free agent.He played seven seasons in the NFL with the Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills. He last played in the league in 2016. source

‘A lovely lady’: Maywood mother found dead from assault as her ex-NFL player son remains missing

Maywood neighbors say former NFL player Sergio Brown lived with his mother, Myrtle Brown

MAYWOOD, Ill. (WLS) — Neighbors of Myrtle Brown spoke highly of the woman who was a longtime resident of Maywood.

“Just a lovely lady. Very soft spoken, outgoing. Always on the go,” said neighbor Kevin Grayer. “Just a happy person. Her personality was just wonderful.”

Now, there’s shock after Maywood police said Myrtle died from injuries related to an assault, and her son, Sergio Brown, is missing.

Police said family members told them on Saturday that they couldn’t locate Sergio or his mother.

After a search, the body of 73-year old Myrtle was found near a creek behind her home.

Sergio, 35, is a former safety in the NFL, playing for seven seasons with the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills. Residents said he lived with his mother, and would often take walks in the neighborhood.

West suburban police are searching for missing former NFL player Sergio Brown.

Police have not said if he is a person of interest.

“I would always see him walk around and everything. I would say ‘hi’ to him, and he would wave at me and stuff like that. Seemed like a nice guy,” said neighbor Miguel Lopez.

Neighbors said Myrtle was a sharp dresser who loved to go dancing and was well known in the stepping community.

“She didn’t deserve that. She was too good of a person to die like that. That’s just sad,” Grayer said.

Police are still searching for Sergio, and asked anyone with information to call Maywood Police Investigations’ Dennis Diaz at 708-368-4131 or the Maywood Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 708-450-1787.