A new autopsy performed by the FBI nine months after Alonzo Brooks’ body was exhumed concluded his death was not accidental. Continue reading to learn more about this 17-year-old cold case.
In the 17-year quest for the truth about Alonzo Brooks’ death, his family has come one step closer to finding answers.
The FBI released the results of a new autopsy on Monday, April 5, nine months after Brooks’ body was exhumed from his Kansas grave. Brooks died as a result of murder, according to a federal forensic examiner’s report.
Investigators labelled the 23-year-death old’s “suspicious” after his remains were found in a creek in May 2004, around a month after he went missing after attending a party.
The FBI reopened the case in 2019, saying in a statement today that Brooks’ death was “no accident.”
“It was not an accident, according to a recent investigation by a group of the world’s best forensic pathologists and specialists. Alonzo Brooks was assassinated “Duston Slinkard, the acting US Attorney, said. “We are doing everything we can to bring those responsible to justice, and we will spare no resources in doing so.”
Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries, which included interviews with those who were with Brooks the night he went missing in the remote, largely white city of La Cygne, Kans., reignited interest in the cold case.
The FBI’s latest investigation is centred on whether Brooks, who was Black, “was the target of a racially motivated killing,” according to the FBI.
Authorities say that “Brooks was last seen alive in April 2004 at a house on the outskirts of La Cygne during a party. At the crowd, which drew 100 or more participants, he was one of only three African-American guys. Brooks, who lived in Gardner, Kansas, rode with friends to the party. They left before him, so he didn’t have a ride home.”
Brooks was reported missing the next day, but it wasn’t until his friends and family performed their own search on May 1, 2004, that his body was discovered partially buried by brush in a nearby creek.
The FBI is offering a reward of $100,000 to anyone who can contribute to the arrest and conviction of those who killed him.