For all of my fellow true-crime junkies, WE HAVE AN UPDATE!

Full disclosure - I've been watching Unsolved Mysteries since it was first on the air. Hearing the music in the living room after dinner would make me SO HAPPY; my favorite category was always "The Unexplained." Needless to say, I am STOKED that there are new episodes.

In case you're like me and blew through EVERY SINGLE EPISODE in the new season last weekend when you weren't outside, blowing off fireworks, you're probably wondering if the shows have brought any new tips in on the cases featured in every episode.

The short answer is YES YES YES YES.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is officially re-opening the case of Alonzo Brooks, the young man who was found dead in a creek in rural Kansas, 16 years ago.

Brooks was featured in the new season's episode 4; he had gone to a party about 45 minutes away from his house in Kansas with some friends back in May of 2004. He got into an altercation, which was likely racially motivated (he was one of the only black men at the party) and, afterward, his friends left to go to another party.

Brooks' body was found a month later in a creek, not far from the house where the party was held.

In a statement, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas said, "The FBI is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the death of Alonzo Brooks. Brooks' body was found in a creek in La Cygne, Kan., on May 1, 2004.[U.S. Attorney Stephen] McAllister and the FBI reopened the investigation over a year ago. They have reviewed evidence going back 16 years, re-interviewed many witnesses who attended a party at a farmhouse where Brooks was last seen alive, interviewed new witnesses, and collected all available physical and forensic evidence."

Maybe it's because of the show, maybe it's not. Either way, if you know something, you're encouraged to call the FBI at 816-512-8200 or 816-474-TIPS or online at

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