Why Alonzo Brooks’ Death Needed Further Investigation—and Not Just From Unsolved Mysteries

Justin recalled a “constant stream of law enforcement officers” he and his friends worked with, but also said that the investigators told him Alonzo was probably drunk and decided to go barefoot.

“Total Bulls – t, we kept trying to tell them,” Justin said. First, that would have been unusual for Alonzo, and second, he had pinched his ankle while playing basketball and was limping that night. So “he’ll just take off his boots and then trucks, I don’t know how many miles at home?”

After weeks of requests from the sheriff’s office to leave the search to the authorities, according to Maria Ramirez, a search organized by friends and family found Alonzo’s body in a tangle of brushes and branches on the bottom of a dam on the edge of Middle Creek on May 1 2004.

“My God, it was terrible,” said Alonzo’s father. Billy Brooks Sr., told Date line. “To find my boy like this. Nothing can describe this pain.” But he added: “At least we had found him. We didn’t want to find him that way, but at least we did.”

Alonzo’s wallet with cash was still with him, as were other personal items like a ring he always wore.


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