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‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Subject Alonzo Brooks' Body Exhumed After Officials Reopen Case

The FBI has reopened the investigation into Alonzo Brooks' unsolved killing, claiming it was a hate crime.

By Connor Mannion
Alonzo Brooks

There has been another update in the much-publicized Alonzo Brooks case covered in the Netflix revival of "Unsolved Mysteries," as authorities unearthed the young man's body from his Kansas grave site. 

Crews were seen digging up Brooks' grave on Tuesday morning in Topeka, according to local outlet KSNT. Authorities appear to be actively investigating the 16-year-old cold case.

Brooks, 23, disappeared after he went with a group of friends to a party in a rural area outside of La Cygne, Kansas in April 2004, the FBI said. The group traveled about an hour to attend the farmhouse party, Brooks’ friends noted in “No Ride Home” — the new “Unsolved Mysteries” episode about the case.

At the party, Brooks got into a verbal altercation with another attendee. His friends claimed he was the subject of racial slurs and abuse, but his friends lost track of him afterward and left the house.

A month later, his body was found in a creek in Linn County. Brooks' death was ruled suspicious but the case was ultimately closed — until it was reopened by the FBI in June ahead of the release of the mystery series on Netflix. 

"The FBI is investigating Brooks’ death as a potential racially-motivated crime," the Department of Justice said in a press release in June.

Authorities previously said they reopened the case after receiving new leads in their investigation.

“We are investigating whether Alonzo was murdered,” U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in June. “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 FBI is offering a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the individual or individuals that may be responsible for Brooks’ death.

“Someone knows something and we are hopeful that with the passage of time and this significant reward this renewed effort will produce results and provide closure for the Brooks family," FBI Special Agent In Charge Timothy Langan previously said at a June press conference.

Terry Dunn Meurer, the co-creator and executive producer of "Unsolved Mysteries" , told Oxygen.com that the series is encouraged by the update in the Brooks case.

“We hope that the re-examination of Alonzo's body will reveal a much-needed clue to solving the mystery of his death. And we continue to ask anyone who has information about this case to contact the FBI or unsolved.com. Someone, somewhere knows the truth," Meurer said in a statement.