POLICE have collected footage of ex-NFL star Sergio Brown burning clothes in a self-started fire following his mother’s death and own disappearance.
On Saturday, his mother, Myrtle Brown, was found dead next to a creek behind her home in a Chicago suburb.
Myrtle’s sister Sheila Simmons said that the family had looked on the property for Myrtle, but came up with no results.
When the family went back to look again later, Shiela said they found Myrtle dead.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Sergio’s mother’s death a homicide, sharing that she had died following multiple wounds from an assault.
Local police have yet to release more information specific to Myrtle’s murder.
A neighbor spoke to CBS regarding this new development on the missing mother-son pair.
Carlos Cortez lived near Myrtle and says that he last saw her and Sergio on Thursday.
Myrtle’s sister had also last spoken to her on Thursday.
Cortez also spoke to the family when they were looking for the missing pair.
“Her family came and knocked on the door and was looking for her cause they put out a police report because she was missing for 72 hours,” he explained.
He and other neighbors spoke to the police to help establish a timeline of events for Myrtle and Sergio while the search for Myrtle was ongoing.
“Myrtle, she was an outstanding woman, and I’m hoping she’s in the right place and she’s with God. Like I said, I never would’ve expected this in a million years,” Cortez spoke about the now-dead woman.
“You only watch this on TV. And to know this happened next door, it’s a tragedy,” he finished.
When speaking to the family, Cortez claimed they spoke about how Sergio’s behavior had been the recent months.
“They said he wasn’t himself the last few months. He was out of his mind,” he said.
Cortez also noted that the police had been called out to the house before Saturday, although he did not divulge the reason for these calls.
The concerned neighbor gave the investigating police access to his ring doorbell camera.
“They seen him taking out the trash, and they seen him have a bonfire where he burned all her clothes,” Cortez claimed of the allegedly retrieved footage.
“I just hope that the family has closure, and I’ll be praying for them. I hope the family gets through this. And I’ll keep them in mind in my prayers.” said Cortez, voicing similar sentiments as other friends of the family.
Sergio’s brother recently posted to Facebook pleading with his brother to come home safely.
“My brother Sergio is still missing. If anyone knows where he is I want him to know that I love you and please come home,” Nick Brown wrote in a post also memorializing his mother.
“My prayers and deepest condolences to you and family! We love you and the ENTIRE Maywood community is with you!” commented a community member on Nick’s post, joining over 300 people in sharing their support.
Maywood police department has yet to respond to The U.S. Sun for comment.