'Unsolved Mysteries' Update: FBI Reopen One of the Netflix Show's Cases

Unsolved Mysteries has been fairly successful in getting its cases solved over its nearly 35-year history. Of the nearly 1,300 cases featured on the show over the years, co-creator Terry Dunn Meurer has estimated that about 260 of them have been solved, with many of these solutions coming due to tips offered by viewers.

Now, we are one step closer to the first case from the show's Netflix season being solved. In June, just before the first six episodes of Unsolved Mysteries 2020, the FBI announced it was offering a reward in the case of one of the subjects of the true-crime show.

In a press release, the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Kansas said: "The FBI is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the death of Alonzo Brooks. Brooks' body was found in a creek in La Cygne, Kan., on May 1, 2004."

They later added: "[U.S. Attorney Stephen] McAllister and the FBI reopened the investigation over a year ago. They have reviewed evidence going back 16 years, re-interviewed many witnesses who attended a party at a farmhouse where Brooks was last seen alive, interviewed new witnesses, and collected all available physical and forensic evidence."

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The case of Alonzo Brooks was featured in Unsolved Mysteries Episode 4, titled "No Ride Home." In that episode, we learned that Brooks had gone missing after walking home from a party, in what was suspected to be a racist hate crime.

In the press release, a number of theories of what happened to Brooks, as detailed in Unsolved Mysteries, are listed, all of which have a racist element. Some have said that Brooks was seen flirting with a white woman, others have said that a drunk group of white men wanted to fight a black man, while a third theory has it that white men attacked Brooks just for being at the party, where he was one of three African-American men at a party of about 100 people in La Cygne, Kansas.

McAllister said of this: "We are investigating whether Alonzo was murdered. His death certainly was suspicious, and someone, likely multiple people, know(s) what happened that night in April 2004. It is past time for the truth to come out. The code of silence must be broken. Alonzo's family deserves to know the truth, and it is time for justice to be served."

He later added: "I am convinced, however, that there are people who know the answers, people who have been keeping terrible secrets all these years and bearing a horrible burden. We are asking one or more of them to come forward now and to lay down that burden at last, so that we can ease a family's suffering, and serve the cause of justice."

People with information in the case are encouraged to call the FBI at 816-512-8200 or 816-474-TIPS or submit a tip online at fbi.tips.gov. Unsolved Mysteries is also asking for viewers with information on any of the crimes shown on the series to submit tips at unsolved.com.

Unsolved Mysteries is streaming now on Netflix.

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