The FBI says the death of a Kansas man whose body was found in a creek in 2004 was a homicide, according to a new report by a federal forensic examiner.”We knew that Alonzo Brooks died under very suspicious circumstances,” said acting U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard. “This new examination by a team of the world’s best forensic pathologists and experts establishes it was no accident. Alonzo Brooks was killed. We are doing everything we can, and will spare no resources, to bring those responsible to justice.”Netflix’s “Unsolved Mysteries” series also helped bring his case to the forefront.In 2019, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas and the FBI reopened the investigation of Brooks’ death. His body was exhumed and taken to Dover Air Force Base for examination by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner. The examiner’s report concluded that the cause of death was homicide.In the initial investigation, a coroner in Linn County said he was unable to determine a cause of death and witnesses’ interviews failed to produce any arrests. The FBI said the new investigation will determine whether Brooks, a 23-year-old Black man, was the victim of a racially motivated killing. Brooks was last seen alive in April 2004 during a party at a house on the outskirts of La Cygne. His body was found weeks later at Middle Creek by a group of family and friends who organized a search. As part of the new investigation, the FBI is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for Brooks’ death. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the FBI at 816-512-8200 or 816-474-8477 or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

The FBI says the death of a Kansas man whose body was found in a creek in 2004 was a homicide, according to a new report by a federal forensic examiner.

“We knew that Alonzo Brooks died under very suspicious circumstances,” said acting U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard. “This new examination by a team of the world’s best forensic pathologists and experts establishes it was no accident. Alonzo Brooks was killed. We are doing everything we can, and will spare no resources, to bring those responsible to justice.”

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Netflix’s “Unsolved Mysteries” series also helped bring his case to the forefront.

In 2019, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas and the FBI reopened the investigation of Brooks’ death. His body was exhumed and taken to Dover Air Force Base for examination by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner. The examiner’s report concluded that the cause of death was homicide.

In the initial investigation, a coroner in Linn County said he was unable to determine a cause of death and witnesses’ interviews failed to produce any arrests.

The FBI said the new investigation will determine whether Brooks, a 23-year-old Black man, was the victim of a racially motivated killing. Brooks was last seen alive in April 2004 during a party at a house on the outskirts of La Cygne.

His body was found weeks later at Middle Creek by a group of family and friends who organized a search.

As part of the new investigation, the FBI is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for Brooks’ death. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the FBI at 816-512-8200 or 816-474-8477 or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

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