Update: Alonzo Brooks Exhumed

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 LaCygne 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 was able 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.  

Update: As of July 2020, Alonzo’s body has been exhumed from his grave. The FBI is also offering a $100,000 reward for information about his disappearance.  If you have any information about Alonzo Brooks, please let us know here

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    Payton

    You know Alonzo is a African America in a highly populated white town but you believe its “ok” to leave your friend at a party.Those r some really bad “friends”. From what I heard Alonzo sounded like a guy that would stand up for himself if he was put in a certain situation. I believe Alonzo got into a altercation with one party goers. More people got involved and jumped Alonzo, but then they realized they had beat him to death (they probably meant to beat him). They hid his body in a freezer and dumped him in the creak when the time was right. This was 100% a hate crime and you’d be crazy to think otherwise. I also believe that the investigation itself was poorly handled. The police couldn’t find the body but it only took the volunteers a few minutes after searching for Alonzo. The officers involved in this investigation just DID NOT CARE. why? because he was black. I hope the family will one day find out what happened to Alonzo brooks.

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    Beth

    The fact the body had no physical signs of an attack should have led investigators to do a toxicology report, anything could have been slipped in his drink at a party making him disorientated and ending up in the creek, however Justin got lost getting cigarettes and he rang adam, why did he not ring zo and explain the situation to him if he was going to get cigarettes for him and also take him home, after he had got lost why did he not return to the party, how did he find his way home? Who is this female also, if he was talking to her then he could have left with her hence adam believing he had already gone home. Or was this all organised to get Zo to the house which was in such a remote area and as they said rife with racism, the female also plays a big part in this and from what it seems she wasnt looked into, it is possible she charmed him, drugged him for one of the other men at the party? Why was the tennants also evicted so short afterwards? Too many unanswered questions that really should have been looked at.

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    Roo Vii

    I think Adam could be the key to this… he was the last to see Zo alive.. he was the last in the group to be there. If Adam said he left thinking that Zo had already left, or that they missed each other… that leads me to believe Adam saw Zo talking to a girl and getting flirty, close, or comfortable with her , which is why he probably thought Zo had left with the girl to do his thing. Therefore that theory about Zo talking to a girl is probably not far fetched. I am sure guys at that party already disliked him cause of his race and were looking for a motive to attack him, and him talking to a girl who one of these guys felt they were entitled to was a good reason to beat him up, and with alcohol involved he was beat up by a group of them. This group did wait to do this though… the phone call by Justin to Adam that made Zo to start ” talking trash” was an announcement from those who were already listening, and waiting to do him harm, they saw this as their opportunity and waited for him to be completely alone to start the fight and or attack.

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    Jennie Collins

    If the body was not as decomposed, and had color still in the skin, there should have been a drug screening or even a toxicology report done on him. You never know if someone put something when he wasn’t looking. Especially if they supposedly found no bruising, broken bones, or lacerations. Phone records, may help with finding who the authorities were in contact with, or even help place people where they said they were. I hope they find who did this, and all that were involved with it.

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    Flavia Carmen Ricceri

    Devono controllare lo sceriffo di quel paesino. Secondo me lui ha coperto tutto, ha fatto in modo che le prove venissero inquinate. Così da non risalire. Sicuramente chi ha ucciso Alonzo sarà un parente dello sceriffo o della polizia di Linn

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    Javier Ruiz

    Maybe Alonso took off his boots and benne when flirting with girl and Justin didn’t like it, got mad took boots and benne and threw them out on the way out of party leaving Alonso behind… and that might started something when Alonso found out that boots were missing and blamed someone else for it

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    Javier Ruiz

    We should start questioning:
    1- who heard or knew about the party and told Alonso?? Who called Daniel about the party? Might know something
    2 – interrogate the guy who had argument with Alonso, his “friend” Justin or Daniel might know, even thu later he said “no animosity” between guests, but suddenly forgot Alonso was on a discussion earlier that Daniel had to step in between… ???
    3 – Justin knows more than what he’s saying… his eyes say so..
    4 – Find “Adam” and question him until “bleeds out”. Justin says talk to Adam to give Alonso a ride… Alonso was close to him, but later Justin says Adam “missed him”

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    Supriya

    Justin left to bring cigarettes he was stuck. He was there at location till morning in that field area its not possible or did he go to home, how can he when his car was not in condition to work , friends are the suspects for this mystery no friend leaves other friend behind unless he is not true friend and they even had chaos how can they leave they are smart enough to make this death mystery .

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    BlackSheep

    You bring Zo, your friend to a party in a town an hour away that you “never heard of before that night” and then you leave him there after one of your crew had to break up an argument between Zo and some guy, ( #1 suspect) to get cigarettes? How does one NOT go back for a friend? Why would you leave the party at all w/o the people you came with? That’s a lie. You got scared about something and wanted to distance yourself from it. (Suspect #2) I don’t believe for a second that Zo’s “friends” are telling the absolute truth. Stop being scared and speak up. I hope the FBI gets to the bottom of it and the family gets closure.

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    Kimberly OG

    Por qué no revisaron bien el luga? ,el cuerpo debió ser examinadas sigilosamente porque un mes ya debería estar a un nivel de descomposición alto, en sus pertenencias habría evidencia de huellas dactilares, se hubiera tomado como tal. Es un caso fuerte cuando proviene de algo tan ovbio como el lugar donde se encontraba.

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    Glenn Stoneham

    the key has to be in the location of the hat and boots…why were they off? Why did they leave them where they easily be found? Did he drop them as clues?

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    Kitty

    The fact his body was not decomposed after a month sounds a lot like the Smiley Face Killer cases

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    Nick V.

    They saw Zo in trouble with someone at the party and let him alone later. Zo’s friends know the truth and they are responsible for this. At least give an answer to his family.

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    Devyn Smith

    Its like everybody, somehow, had it out for Zoe. He was able to tell his mom the party was for someone going into the military, but none of his friends knew why the party was being thrown. Who gave Zoe that information? I doubt he would just make up a lie to tell his mom about a party. If Justin really was lost, why wouldn’t he try to make it back to the party? And if he was lost, it was very convient that he knew his way back home.There was a big cover up and I hope all of the law enforcement involved goes to jail. The town is extremely small, so I know, without a shadow of a doubt, the kids of law enforcement was at the party. They kept telling the family that they couldn’t come down and help the search and told them when they could search for Zoe. To me, this helped with the whole lie of his body being in the water long enough to decompose and to NOT be able to find any evidence. Its just crazy how untrained civilians were able find him.

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    Dorte Olsen

    Very strange that your so-called friends will all just leave you at a party so far away from your hometown. What were they thinking?? Also a little bit odd that Justin drives out to get cigarettes, but ends up getting lost (?). So, he can’t find his way back to the party, but he can find his way home…?! And why does this Adam guy not appear in the programme? If he is told that he has to make sure to give Alonzo a lift home, how can he even think that Alonzo has already left ?? Alonzo had no other person to get a lift from…. !!

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    Penny

    The Missing 411 phenomena really needs to be explored in Mr Brooks’ case. There are so many common factors that happened to Mr Brooks that happens to all Missing 411 that this cannot be ignored.

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    Tasya R

    something’s fishy with this Justin guy. i know you know something or maybe even you know the detail. i can see it in your eyes. your eyes tell something more.

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    Òòṣàkáyọ̀dé Ìṣọlá

    I have heard that this area was a known sun down town. What was the result of the interview with that girl whom the fight started over? Justin seem altruistic but all the other so called friend look suspicious. Even how he was informed Of the party seemed odd. It seems as if this was pre planned homicide. Call me paranoid but I would not be surprised if the local law enforcement is in on this or knew the killers and are attempting to hide them as if they are kin. This whole case is foul.

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    Bolin Rodgers

    FBI interview Adam,

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    Heather A

    I believe there is a cover up and that the coroner has a part in it. The family repeatedly states that they were surprised how little decomposition there was on the body even theorizing that the body may have been frozen to preserve it. Yet the coroner says the body was too decomposed to determine anything. I’m glad they exhumed the body I think an independent autopsy will bring something to light.

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    Danielle

    something is sus with this “Adam” person

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    Mahnoor

    Justin’s account is sketchy. Please look into him and this “Adam” person.

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    Angie

    Something stinks from the “friends” to the incompetent coroner. Like you don’t have to have a medical degree to know a body won’t look normal after 30days in creek water and a wooded area. I hope whoever did this is suffering and they bring them to justice

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    stephen sparrowjack

    Justin saying that he can trade places with Alonzo in a heartbeat made me think something must be bothering him. Maybe he’s feeling guilty not just because he left him at the party, but maybe because he knows more to the story. Nobody could tell whether he’s involved to the death of Zo or maybe he just can’t spill all the information he has on his head to avoid incremenating someone.

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    Harlens M.

    Justin mentioned, that on the night of the party, he got lost going for cigarettes. He allegedly called Adam, to have Adam explain to Alonzo that he was lost. According to Justin, Alonzo hearing this started “talking trash” about him being lost and knowing that he, Justin, wasn’t coming back to the party; consequently, he, Alonzo, should get a ride with Adam. This would insinuate an agreement between Adam and Alonzo that they would be riding home together that night.

    Later in the doc, the next morning, after learning that Alonzo didn’t come home, Justin reaches out to Adam. According to Justin, he “heard” that Adam believed that Alonzo had already left, or that they “missed each other”…

    Let’s think…why would Adam think that Alonzo already left, when Adam knew he was Alonzo’s only ride home at that point in time? Who else would’ve taken Alonzo home???

    Either Justin has something to do with this, or he know what truly happened. And hopefully, they get to interview this “Adam” guy who wasn’t on the documentary.

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    Joseph Shanklin

    I’m impressed by the FBI’s reward. That’s legit!

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