The death of a Kansas man whose body was

found in a creek in La Cygne, Kan., in 2004 was a homicide, according to a

new report by a federal forensic examiner.

As part of a continuing federal investigation of Alonzo Brooks’ death,

his body was exhumed and transported to Dover Air Force Base for

examination by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner. The examiner’s report

concludes that the cause of death was homicide.

“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


“The FBI’s commitment to justice remains at the forefront of each and

every investigation,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Timothy Langan. 

“Our reach is broad, and the strength of our investigative tools are

exceptional.  We remain dedicated to uncovering the truth surrounding the

murder of Alonzo Brooks and ensuring those responsible are held

accountable for their actions.”

The new autopsy focuses on injuries to parts of Brooks’ body that the

examiner concluded are inconsistent with normal patterns of decomposition.

Details of the examination are being withheld for investigative purposes.

 In 2019, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas and the

FBI reopened the investigation of Brooks’ death, which had been dormant for

years. 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.

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 new investigation is focused on determining whether Brooks, an

African-American who was 23 years old when he died, 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. He was one of only three

African-American men at the party, which 100 or more people attended.

Brooks, who lived in Gardner, Kan., rode to the party with friends. They left

before him and he wound up with no ride home.

When Brooks failed to come home the next day, his family and friends

contacted the Linn County Sheriff’s Department.  

According to reports at the time, the Sheriff’s Department and other

law enforcement agencies searched areas around the farmhouse, including

parts of nearby Middle Creek, but did not find Alonzo.

After Alonzo had been missing for almost a month, a group of his

family and friends organized a search. They began on the road near the

farmhouse and walked the two branches of Middle Creek. In just under an

hour, they found Alonzo’s body, partially on top of a pile of brush and

branches in the creek.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the FBI at 816-512-

8200 or 816-474-TIPS or submit a tip online at

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