former NFL player is missing and his mother was found dead in a suspected homicide after relatives told Illinois authorities they couldn’t reach either family member Saturday.

Ex-pro football player Sergio Brown, 35, and his 73-year-old mother Myrtle Brown were reported missing by family Saturday, Maywood police said, according to local reports.

After a search was launched for the pair, Myrtle Brown was found dead near a creek behind her home, authorities said, WGN-TV reported.

Her death was ruled a homicide Sunday by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

She reportedly died from multiple injuries tied to an assault, officials said.