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Alonzo Brooks' death, whose case was featured on Netflix's 'Unsolved Mysteries,' is ruled a homicide

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The death of Alonzo Brooks, whose body was exhumed in 2020 after Netflix's "Unsolved Mysteries" series brought his case to the forefront, has been ruled a homicide, federal authorities announced Monday.

(CNN)The death of Alonzo Brooks, whose body was exhumed in 2020 after Netflix's "Unsolved Mysteries" series brought his case to the forefront, has been ruled a homicide, federal authorities announced Monday.

In 2004, Brooks, a Black man, went missing after attending a party.

The official autopsy at the time didn't determine a cause of death and the case went cold.

"We knew that Alonzo Brooks died under very suspicious circumstances," said Acting U. S. Attorney Duston Slinkard in a news release.

Alonzo Brooks was killed.

His body was transported to Dover Air Force Base for examination by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner after it was exhumed, according to the news release from the Federal Bureau of Investigations Kansas City Division.

While the details of the examination are being withheld for investigative purposes, the new autopsy focuses on injuries to Brooks' body that the examiner concluded are "inconsistent with normal patterns of decomposition," according to the release.

Brooks was 23 years old at the time of his death.

It wasn't until a month later, after a group of his family and friends organized their own search, that his body was found on top of a pile of brush and branches in the creek, according to the FBI.

After the official autopsy performed in 2004 didn't determine a cause of death, Brooks' case went nowhere.

But in 2019, the Department of Justice and FBI reopened the investigation into his death.

"We are investigating whether Alonzo was murdered," then-US Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release at the time.

From the beginning of his case, rumors swirled that Brooks was a victim of foul play.

Brooks' mother, Maria Ramirez, believes her son was targeted for his race.

After the documentary series "Unsolved Mysteries" on Netflix aired a special about his case, Brooks' family said tips have been coming in, according to CNN affiliate KSNT.

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