Police are currently investigating a video that appears to depict Sergio Brown, a former NFL player who was missing along with his mother, later dead in an apparent homicide.

The video, on instagram by an individual resembling Brown, contains an incoherent message and with a location in Mexico. Before his disappearance, neighbors had reported that the 35-year-old was displaying erratic behavior.

The Maywood police department, based in the Chicago suburbs, has been leading the investigation and confirmed to Deadspin that they are examining the video.

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A statement from the Maywood police department reads, “Detectives are aware of a video that has surfaced on social media in relation to Mr. Sergio Brown, who is still considered a missing person, and are also looking into its authenticity. Currently, this is an active investigation, and the department is unable to share any further details at this time.”


The case began when the Maywood police issued a missing persons report on Saturday after family members couldn’t locate Sergio Brown and his 73-year-old mother. A medical examiner later discovered Myrtle Brown, Sergio’s mother, deceased near a creek close to her residence, and determined that her death resulted from a homicide following an assault.

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Carlos Cortez, a neighbor of Myrtle Brown, expressed shock, saying, “Myrtle, she was an outstanding woman, and I’m hoping she’s in the right place and she’s with God. I never would’ve expected this in a million years.” No suspects in the case thus far.

On Sunday, Sergio Brown’s brother Nick shared a tribute to their mother on social media and mentioned his missing sibling, stating, “My brother Sergio is still missing. If anyone knows where he is, I want him to know that I love you and please come home.”

Sergio Brown entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent from Notre Dame in 2010 and played seven seasons as a safety, including stints with the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and Jacksonville Jaguars. His final NFL season was in 2016, during which he appeared in eight games for the Buffalo Bills.