Former NFL player Sergio Brown is being sought by police after the death of his mother, police said, per reports.
Police in the Chicago suburb of Maywood said (via the Chicago Tribune) that Brown’s mother, 73-year-old Myrtle Brown, was found dead Saturday after family members alerted authorities that neither could be located. She was said to have been discovered in an unresponsive state near a creek behind her residence.
Citing injuries to Myrtle Brown deemed to have been suffered during an assault, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Sunday that her death was a homicide, per the Tribune.
Sergio Brown, 35, was still considered missing as of Sunday afternoon.
Maywood police officials did not immediately respond Sunday night to a request for an update on the search for Brown and for further comment on the case.
A native of Maywood who attended high school there before going on to a four-year career at Notre Dame, Brown played defensive back for four NFL teams between 2010 and 2016. He played in Super Bowl XLVI for the New England Patriots, who had signed him out of college as an undrafted free agent, and in the AFC championship game for the Indianapolis Colts after the 2014 season. Brown ended his NFL career with brief stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills.
Family members told WGN on Sunday they had not heard from Brown. An aunt of his said she last spoke with Myrtle Brown on Thursday, then received word before dawn Saturday morning that her sister and nephew were missing.