Unsolved Mysteries case update: Alonzo Brooks’ body exhumed

Unsolved Mysteries key art. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Netflix.)
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Alonzo Brooks’ body has been exhumed after Unsolved Mysteries airs

In the Netflix original reboot of Unsolved Mysteries“No Ride Home” told the story of Alonzo Brooks, 23, who vanished in 2004 after going to a party. Brooks was later found dead.

E! News reported that Alonzo Brooks’ body had been exhumed on Tuesday, July 21, due in part to renewed from his Unsolved Mysteries episode.

However, back in 2019, the FBI said they were reopening the case. In June 2020 they also offered a $100,000 reward to anyone who provides information.

"“Likely multiple people know what happened that night in April 2004,” U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a statement last month, according to People. “It is past time for the truth to come out. The code of silence must be broken. Alonzo’s family deserves to know the truth, and it is time for justice to be served.”"

The Backstory 

Alonzo lived with his mother in Gardner, Kansas. On April 3, 2004, he told his mom he was going to a party. Like moms do, she wanted more info and asked, “What party are you talking about?”

Alonzo said it was for a guy leaving for the service and “we” are all “going out there.” Again, being a mom, she asked, “Who’s we?”

His friend, Justin Sprague, came to pick him up, but his other friends, Daniel Fune and Tyler Broughard, were also at the party, which was about an hour away in La Cygne. It was such a small town Justin had never even heard of it before that night.

The house was in the middle of the country. Alonzo and his friends didn’t really know anyone at the party, but during the episode, his friend Justin said Alonzo could get along with anyone. It appeared he was doing that at the party. All his friends said he was having a great time.

Although, his friend Daniel did describe an incident where another guy started getting into it with Alonzo, and Justin said there were definitely people at the party who had “problems with people’s skin color.”

Tyler explained race wasn’t an issue to their group of friends, but Alonzo was the only black man at the party in La Cygne, and it was apparent that was an issue with some of the people there.

“No Ride Home” explained

Daniel and Tyler left the party before Alonzo. Tyler figured Justin would give Alonzo a ride home since that’s who’d given him a ride to the party.

At one point, Justin ran out of cigarettes so he left to get more, but he went right instead of left out of the driveway. He got lost and then stuck on some gravel roads. He called another friend, Adam, who was also at the party and told him to tell Alonzo that he’d gotten lost and to give Alonzo a ride home.

Alonzo knew Justin had gotten lost, but Adam never gave him a ride home. That would be the last time any of Alonzo Brooks’ friends saw him.

The search

Friends headed back to where the party had been to search for Alonzo, but all they found was his hat and his boots. The hat and one boot were across the street from the farmhouse where the party had been. The other boot was down the road a little bit but on the same side as the house. It was as if someone had just thrown them out as they drove by or something.

Alonzo’s family then went to La Cygne to look for Alonzo, but they didn’t find anything, and they met with resistance from the sheriff. An officer did go out and allegedly checked the woods and creek behind the house but didn’t find anything.

On April 7, 2004, the case was then turned over to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI). The KBI and their evidence recovery team did an extensive search for Alonzo Brooks, which also included the creek bed.

Because of the possibility Alonzo was the victim of a hate crime, the FBI joined the investigation on April 10, 2004.

On April 12, 2004, the Lee’s Summit County Underwater Rescue and Dive team thoroughly searched the creek, but they didn’t find a body either. Nor did cadaver dogs.

Alonzo Brooks found

On May 1, 2004, Alonzo Brooks’ family finally got the okay to search the property at La Cygne themselves.

There was a white shed that searchers headed toward. That’s when they found Alonzo. He was in the creek behind the house where all of the other search parties had already looked multiple times.

Why wasn’t he found during any of those other searches? No one knows.

The autopsy

The coroner found Alonzo didn’t have any broken bones or any penetrating injuries like a gunshot or stab wound. His soft tissue was gone so the coroner couldn’t assess whether he’d been strangled or anything of that nature.

Basically, the coroner couldn’t find a specific circumstance or cause of death.

The mystery within a mystery

Where had Alonzo’s body been? His brother said Alonzo’s skin didn’t look bloated like he’d been in the water for almost a month.

His mom had his last effects, belongings that had been on him when he died, like his wallet. They didn’t show any wear like you’d expect after supposedly being in water for an extended period of time either.

So, where had he been? His brother believes someone had kept him in a meat locker or other kind of freezer.

However, an expert on the Alonzo Brooks episode, Dr. Mitchell, said Alonzo’s body looked consistent with a body that had been in a creek for 30 days. Also, people generally dispose of bodies in a convenient fashion. Storing it somewhere and moving it later wasn’t convenient. He was of the opinion that it was unlikely anyone had stored it, and that for whatever reason previous searches had just overlooked Alonzo’s remains.

Hopefully, someone will finally break “the code of silence,” as is referenced. It may not bring peace to Alonzo’s family, but answers would surely help.

Anyone with information about Alonzo Brooks’ death can call the FBI at 816-512-8200 or 816-474-TIPS or submit a tip at tips.fbi.gov.

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