The disappearance of former NFL linebacker Sergio Brown took a tragic turn with the death of his mother, deepening the mystery surrounding the former professional athlete’s unknown whereabouts.
Sergio Brown, 35, was a standout high school football player at Proviso East in Maywood, Illinois, before playing college football at Notre Dame from 2005-2009. He continued to play professionally for the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills between 2010 and 2016.
Brown was a beloved member of the Maywood community; He was known as a hard-working and charismatic young man who was devoted to improving his hometown. This makes his sudden disappearance even more disturbing for his loved ones and the authorities.
Brown was last seen in Maywood on Sept. 15, and family members reported her missing a short time later. Tragically, the same day Brown disappeared, the body of her mother, Myrtle Brown, was found in Addison Creek near her Maywood home. The cause of his death is under investigation.
The uncanny timing added to the mystery of Brown’s disappearance and stunned friends and family. Searches by law enforcement and volunteers in Addison Creek and surrounding areas have so far yielded no clues to Brown’s whereabouts.
Loved ones say Brown and his mother, Myrtle, had an extremely close bond. Myrtle was a beloved figure in Maywood; He was admired for his lively spirit and commitment to community service. The disappearance and death of both mother and son under such confusing circumstances shook the residents and caused the authorities to investigate everything.
At this stage, investigators have not ruled out any involvement in the twin tragedies and are urging anyone with information to come forward. They comb through surveillance footage and follow Brown’s digital footprint for possible clues.
Brown’s former NFL teams also expressed shock and concern over his disappearance, hoping for his safe return. As the news spread across the country, NFL players who knew Brown took to social media to ask fans for potential information.