Former NFL safety Sergio Brown was arrested in San Diego on Tuesday on suspicion of the murder of his mother, Myrtle Brown, in their hometown of Maywood, Ill.
Brown, 35, was taken into custody Tuesday as he was reentering the United States from Mexico after a warrant was issued for his arrest on first-degree murder, according to the Maywood Police Department.
The agency had been investigating the death of Brown’s mother after discovering her body near a creek in the vicinity of the house the two shared in Maywood, a Chicago suburb. Police began the search for Brown on Sept. 16 when family members reported neither he nor his mother could be found.
Brown played in the NFL as a safety from 2010 to 2016, first joining the New England Patriots, then going on to play for the Indianapolis Colts, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills.
Brown remains in custody at the San Diego County Jail, where he awaits extradition to Illinois. The Associated Press reported Brown agreed to be extradited during a court hearing Wednesday. Illinois authorities have until Nov. 13 to extradite him, according to online jail records.
The homicide investigation by the Maywood Police Department continues. Anyone with information about the case can call the Maywood police anonymous tip line at (708) 450-1787.