The brother of a missing ex-NFL player whose mother was found dead in a creek near their Illinois home remembered the woman in a heartbreaking Instagram post and pleaded with the former defender to return home.
Nick Brown posted a photo of his mother Myrtle Brown on his social media account on Sunday and thanked everyone who supported him.
“It's a sad but hopeful time and we will all get through this together,” Brown wrote in the caption to his mother's photo. “Mom always told me, ‘Hard times don't last,' and our recent conversation about how hard times are temporary is a glimmer of hope for me.”
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“Mom, thank you for being strong, caring, hardworking, edgy, funny and for saving my art. I won’t let you down.”
Nick Brown also had a message for his brother Sergio Brown. The former NFL player was reported missing when Maywood police launched a murder investigation into her mother's death.
“My brother Sergio is still missing. If anyone knows where he is, I want them to know that I love you and to please come home,” Nick Brown wrote.
“Guys, please do not come near the property, the Maywood Police Department is still investigating. If you have any information about Sergio’s whereabouts, please send it to the Maywood Police Department.”
Sheila Simmons, Myrtle Brown's sister, told WGN-TV that she last spoke to her on Sept. 14 and that the woman had just celebrated her 73rd birthday. Simmons said she received a call around 3 a.m. local time that her sister and nephew were missing.
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“We will find out what happened because it is not normal for my sister not to answer the phone or respond to text messages. People have been reaching out to her since Friday. No one could reach her,” Simmons said, the station said. “This morning I got the call that she was missing. So I immediately came here and found out that my sister is dead.”
Simmons added that she returned to the house in Maywood and found things were out of place FOX 59.
Family members told WGN-TV they had not heard from Sergio Brown.
Sergio Brown, a former Notre Dame football star and Maywood native, signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2010.
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He played seven seasons in the NFL with the Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills. He last played in the league in 2016.