New Information Surfaces in the Alonzo Brooks Case

On the evening of April 2, 2004, Alonzo Brooks rode with his friend Justin to a party at a farmhouse in LaCygne, Kansas. This small, rural town is about 45 miles away from Gardner, Kansas where Alonzo was living with his mother. The party turned out to be a festive night, where Alonzo was said to have been having a great time by his friends. As the night went on, Alonzo’s friends started to leave the party and assumed that someone would give Alonzo a ride back home. However, Alonzo never made it back home and his mother noticed that he was not home the next morning, which was not in his character.  

Alonzo’s mother followed up with his friends, questioning why they left him at a party with people he didn’t know, considering he was one of the few Black people at the party. Thereafter, Alonzo’s friends and family raced to La Cygne to search for him, but found only his boots and hat in the weeds across the road from the long driveway to the farmhouse. Nobody at the farmhouse or in the small-town claimed to have seen Alonzo. Rumors quickly surfaced that racial slurs and threats were tossed around at the party after Alonzo’s friends left…that Alonzo was flirting with a white girl and was dragged or chased down the driveway and murdered…that he was beaten to death…that he went swimming in the nearby creek and drowned. 

The search for Alonzo did not immediately provide results. Law enforcement searched multiple areas, but Alonzo did not turn up. It wasn’t until a month after law enforcement searches died down that Alonzo’s family decided to put on their own search. They found Alonzo within 30 minutes of starting their search. He was in a creek, which law enforcement said they had thoroughly searched previously. Even though Alonzo had been missing for a month, his family and friends noticed that there was not much decomposition to his body, thus fueling rumors that maybe his body had been previously frozen. The coroner who assessed Alonzo’s body was not able to confirm a cause or manner of death at the time.  

The last update came in July of 2020, when Alonzo’s body was exhumed from his grave. Now, on November 13th 2020, the FBI has released another update. Through new interviews and eyewitness accounts, the FBI has learned that there was a second party happening that night, not far from the party Alonzo had attended. Party goers say an altercation took place at the second party, and many people from that event later attended the farmhouse gathering, where Alonzo Brooks was last seen alive. The FBI is now asking for information from anybody who attended either party, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. They are offering a $100,000 reward for tips that lead to the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for Alonzo’s death. 

If you have any information regarding the death of Alonzo Brooks, please contact the FBI at 816-512-8200 or Or submit a tip to If you’d like to familiarize yourself with Alonzo’s case, the episode is now streaming on Netflix at 


  1. Ashley Tinney

    This makes me sick, Justin & the other friend i feel like know more than what is being said.. no one at this point was ever able to find out how they heard about that party ? No one was able too figure out whos house they were at , and how long did it take for them too move outta that house ? Why are they covering up for 40-50 people ? Why is law enforcement not releasing any of those kids names ? Or the result of any of the interviews ?? How does the fbi not know any of their names if in the episode they said they interviewed and gave lie dector tests too a bunch of kids there ?? What friend did justin think alonzo was with ? What happened to him and why are we not tracking him down for more answers ? He had to at least be able to verify one name from the party. What we have to do is fight for that information for Alonzo. This case keeps me up !!


  2. Clara

    what about the first argument when his friend went between them? wasnt there already a problem because of a girl and his apparent boyfriend? why does anybody talk about it anymore? you remember? was right at the beginning of the party just before the first friends of Zo have left…


  3. Anonymous

    This case is confusing considering that there were so many people at this party. So many eyes. Then it took 16 years for evidence of another party happening in the nearby area, on the same night, but was never mentioned back then. I find that very hard to believe. I also find it hard to believe that the person that Zo had an altercation with was never questioned or the girl that was supposedly involved. I also would like to know the names of the 4 people that were renting the house at the time of the party but later got evicted. One of them on the lease was apparently from Gardner. Who is that?? Were they questioned? Obviously, I am sure some information is not disclosed to the public to protect certain criteria to protect the case. What is also confusing to me is some of these simple questions about who was renting that house? Where was the party that was happening around the same time before or around the time of the party Zo was attending? Was anyone contacted at that other party and questioned? Someone knows something. I do not feel enough digging has been done. It makes me uncomfortable, the lack of investigation. Instead of requesting the people from the party or parties to come forward, how about taking the initiative and start with literally any one person that may have attended those parties and start there and dive into all of the things. I get that it’s a lot of man hours to do something like that with so many people involved but every single one of them should be a suspect until justice is served! Nothing is more frustrating than being half assed, especially when it comes to a person’s life. The people involved in this case, even people that have information that were there that night, and honestly you know who you are, that are either to scared or whatever the reasoning, who probably have a family and children now. CAN YOU IMAGINE IF THAT WAS YOUR CHILD? My goodness, how do you sleep at night. It doesn’t matter how many years have gone by. This case is still unsolved and if you know something and are not bringing it to light, I feel sorry for where you will end up in the afterlife. It won’t be good. Make it right. Speak up, speak the truth. It’s never too late to make a difference.


  4. Wander

    Sou do Brasil e acabei de observar esse caso, como ninguém pensou em fazer uma ligação entre todas as pessoas da festa com as autoridades da cidade? Com certeza quem fez isso tinha ligação forte com o policiamento da cidade, investiguem novamente, puxem o nome de todas pessoas que estavam na festa e pode ter certeza que irá encontrar algum jovem parente da polícia ou até mesmo do prefeito… Eles enrolaram a busca com o FBI, esconderam o corpo do pobre jovem, e quando viu que não tinha outra forma e à decomposição começou a ficar forte, eles liberaram a família para buscar e deixaram lá!


  5. L

    This case is soo weird, so many things to be done and nothing. No interviews, no polygraph… I’m happy that this case re-opened.
    I can’t stop thinking why we don’t know anything about the guy who was supposed to drive him back home? And what about his boots and beanie? They were found near his home, clearly the person who did it knew him or knew where he lived. They put that there so it can be found as they did with the body.

    This was clearly racist. They should’ve looked for him through all LaCygne, not only the creek. But they didn’t care.


  6. Megan

    This girl that he was talking to at the first party, was she interviewed? Would she know the individuals that were upset about their interaction? Also, this shed that one of the volunteers mentioned, do we know if that was searched?


    • Anonymous

      my theory, 100% foul play. I do believe he must’ve flirted with some girl who had a bf (or other way around, she flirted with him) and that is why he was invited to the other ‘gathering’;which is where they did something to him, stuffed him in a fridge and waited to dump his body once they heard his family was doing a search.where his boots and hat were found must’ve been an attempt to throw off the police. there’s just no way after so many thorough investigations done by FBIs and KBIs(I don’t think KBI really bothered looking for him tho) that they didn’t find him??and not even 1 hour into the search by his family… he was found??. ANOTHER, after the first party he could’ve asked the wrong person for a ride back home; where he was lured to that ‘farmhouse gathering’ and killed by a racist cowboy.


  7. Alex-George Zghibolt

    I’m 100% sure that people from that police station covered up that murder because the town was very rasist at that time and wanted to protect their own. I’m sure they were saying like :”who the heck is this guy, just a guy from a different town that is black anyway, who cares, we must protect our own”. I mean like, it’s impossible to not find anything, there were 40-50 people and a different party that was close, and people refusing to take the poligraf, and the police was just like, it’s fine. Dr. Erik Mitchell, this guy was cooperating with the police as well, and of course his limited knowledges, as we know that he was forced to resign in 1993 from his Syracuse practice via New York Times. I think that the guy had just some general knowledge, he was not that good to really identify his cause of death, when he died, if he was hold in another place and moved there after the police stopped to search for him.


  8. BRUNO

    Should investigate the people who argued with Alonzo at the party


  9. kareem

    i wondering Why were not descriptions of the person who quarreled with Alonzo during party and his friend stand between them so ask him about his descriptions.


  10. Andrew

    Can’t believe its been this long with a viable suspect(s).


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