Justin remembered a “fixed barrage of legislation enforcement” that he and his buddies had been cooperating with, but in addition mentioned that investigators instructed him that Alonzo had most likely gotten drunk and determined to stroll house, barefoot.
“Whole bulls–t, that is what we saved attempting to inform them,” Justin mentioned. One, that might have been out of character for Alonzo, and two, he had tweaked his ankle enjoying basketball and had been limping that evening, so “is he simply gonna take off his boots after which truck I do not know what number of miles house?”
After weeks of the sheriff’s workplace telling them to go away the looking to the authorities, in line with Maria Ramirez, it was throughout a search organized by family and friends that Alonzo’s physique was discovered mendacity in a tangle of brush and branches on the backside of an embankment on the fringe of Center Creek on Might 1, 2004.
“My God, it was terrible,” Alonzo’s dad, Billy Brooks Sr., instructed Dateline. “To seek out my boy like that. Nothing can describe that ache.” However, he added, “At the least we had discovered him. It wasn’t how we needed to seek out him, however no less than we did.”
Alonzo’s pockets, with money, was nonetheless on him, as had been different private objects, reminiscent of a hoop he all the time wore.