Missing former NFL player Sergio Brown posted a bizarre video on Instagram after his mother was found dead in a creek behind their Illinois home.
Mr Brown, 35, and his mother Myrtle Brown, 73, were reported missing on Saturday by a concerned family member.
A day later, Myrtle’s body was found in Addison Creek Reservoir, less than 100 yards from her home in the small suburban village of Maywood.
The Cook County Coroner’s Office confirmed her death was a homicide.
Mr Brown went missing after his mother was murdered and there was no trace of the former New England Patriots star.
Now, in a shocking turn of events, Mr. Brown has appeared on Instagram and posted a bizarre video in which he claims he believes his mother is on vacation and that he has been kidnapped by law enforcement.
The video was first reported by Fox32 and appears in an Instagram story on the account “intplayerwithapassport” rather than the former player’s verified account.
The Independent could not independently verify whether the account belongs to Mr. Brown.
In the video, Mr. Brown first denounces “fake news” before launching into incoherent ramblings about the FBI.
He claims he thought his mother was on vacation and makes allegations against the Maywood police and the FBI, saying he was “kidnapped” by one of them twice.
The Independent has reached out to the FBI and Maywood police for comment.
Mr. Brown has not been named as a suspect in his mother’s murder.
The 35-year-old had an NFL career that began in 2010 when he was signed by the New England Patriots. He also played for the Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars before being dropped by the Jaguars in 2016.
Since then he has led a quiet life away from the sporting spotlight.
Before he and his late mother disappeared last week, neighbors claimed they had noticed a strange change in his behavior.
Carlos Cortez told WBBM that Mr. Brown’s family said, “He hasn’t been himself these last few months.”
“He was crazy,” he said.
The neighbor said he also gave authorities a doorbell video in which Mr. Brown was reportedly seen burning his mother’s clothing.
“They saw him taking out the trash and they saw him making a bonfire where he burned all their clothes,” he said.