Updated: Nov 22, 2020
Brooke S Naylor, 19
3/11/1998 - 3/4/2019
Brooke had a loving family with many friends in Carmi, Illinois. She worked at a Restaurant where she made many friends and people seemingly enjoyed her. She began dating a man named Cameron just two months before she'd never be seen alive again.
Sunday, March 3, 2019 11:50 AM
Ten minutes before the start of her shift (noon), he attempted to call in to her work saying she had a panic attack, but the boss wasn't having it. She made it clear that Brooke would lose her job if she didn't come in. Brooke went to work.
Cameron picked Brooke up after her shift ended and reportedly went home. Cameron said just before 11:00 PM Brooke wanted to pick up some items at Wal-Mart. She made a list for him and he went inside to Wal-Mart while she waited in the car alone with her puppy. Cameron said that when he came back out, Brooke and the vehicle were gone. He had walk home. With the items he purchased, he rode the shopping-cart till it was too cold, so he left the cart with the groceries in a field and continued walking home.
11:02 PM - Wal-Mart Videos
Brooke's vehicle is seen backing out of its parking spot and exiting the Wal-Mart parking lot out the west exit and traveling north on Route 45. (This was Brooke leaving while Cameron was still inside the Wal-Mart)
11:18PM Cameron is seen pushing a shopping cart throughout Walmart placing items into the cart, checking out self-check kiosk, (he was by himself)
11:24PM Cameron is purchasing phone card at the on duty associate at self-check kiosk
11:32-11:45PM Cameron is seen entering and exiting the store two more times and once purchases a lighter.
11:45PM Cameron is seen walking across parking lot west pushing shopping cart with items he purchased.
11:47PM Cameron leaves the parking lot and crosses the Citgo gas station parking lot.
11:24 PM - Brooke is pulled over in Ridgway, Illinois
A man named Jacob called 911 reporting that a vehicle was following him. Police directed him to drive to the Ridgeway Police Department where he was at the time. The Chief himself pulled Brooke over about the 1000 block of East Main Street in Ridgeway, Illinois. He directed her to also follow him to the police station. Brooke reportedly seemed nervous but did not appear to be intoxicated.
Brooke explained that she thought Jacob was her boyfriend that walked out of Wal-Mart and in to a vehicle, so she thought Cameron left Wal-Mart in a car with another girl and was cheating on her, so she decided to follow him. Police reported that Brooke wasn't making any sense, giving several different accounts of where she was coming from and where she was going to the point that the officer was unsure that Brooke even knew where she was going after she left the Ridgway PD.
Monday, March 4, 2019
6:30 AM - Cameron reports that he woke up and Brooke was still not home. He called her work and her family. The neighbor would later share his surveillance cameras to law enforcement which confirmed that the vehicle left just before 11:00 PM and the vehicle never returned.
It was impossible for Cameron to have anything to do with Brooke's disappearance.
9:37AM – vehicle located but not yet reported missing.
The Illinois State Police located an abandoned vehicle parked on the south side of the Ridgway/Eldorado Blacktop about ¼ mile east of Will Road and determined to be registered to Brooke. The two front windows were partially rolled down and the keys were not in the vehicle. It was tagged as abandoned. Brooke had not yet been reported missing. Later when the vehicle was tested and started up immediately. There was a quarter tank of gas. There was nothing wrong with the vehicle.
7:46PM 911 Call
A co-worker, Robin called 911 and reported Brooke missing. She said that no one has seen or heard from Brooke which is uncharactistic behavior for her. Brooke left work Sunday March 3, 2019 about 9:00 P.M.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 1PM ISP arrived at the scene of abandoned vehicle
Brooke's vehicle was a 2009 Chevy Malibu Dark Blue was abandoned about ¼ mile east of Will Road in the grass just south of the roadway. Both front windows were open, doors unlocked, the vehicle was shut off and there were no keys at the time.
Another witness reported that about 8:45 AM the vehicle was also parked there close to the fog line on the roadway and the driver side windows were rolled down halfway. The person in the drivers seat was very short. She saw the driver looking over their shoulder as if they were going to back out of the field entrance and back on to the roadway. She continued on to work. On her way back about 3:00 PM the vehicle was still there but was moved further out in the road way.
Another woman came forward and reported that about 5:35AM she was on the Ridgeway/Eldorado blacktop when she saw a vehicle pulled in to a field entrance. She was traveling slow because of the weather conditions. She stopped in the roadway and positioned her headlights on the vehicle. She believed one of the windows may have been down, but she could not see anyone in the vehicle when she shined her lights on the car. The car was not running. The car was as close to the roadway and parked at an angle as if the vehicle was traveling east. She didn’t feel comfortable getting out of her car and went to work.
The residence near where Brooke’s vehicle was parked shared information. They said that the vehicle had been sitting there about 7:15AM on Mon 3/4/2019 when she left for work. No one was around the car when she drove by.
Two more neighbors reported seeing the same vehicle there at 6:00 AM and 7:15 AM Monday morning.
Thursday, March 7, 2019
10:00 AM the residence near where the vehicle was found abandoned called the State Police to report they had located a backpack that may have been Brooke's. They found a backpack on his farm property on a routine walk of his property. It was described as a black and blue Everest backpack which they found on the fence line. It was located on a fence row on the east side of the grass field behind the residence. The State Police opened it and saw a ball cap with the logo of the restaurant where Brooke worked, Brooke's Driver's License and a tan/brown wallet. The area was secured and Crime Scene Techs were called in. They found a rose colored iPhone S in the fence row about 10-15 yards south of where the backpack was found. They found the key for the vehicle. There was $232 dollars cash inside the wallet. There was a stuffed animal for dogs, a keychain with two additional keys, and also was found a gray and peach colored blanket in the field about a half mile southwest of the address searching for Brooke
Additional volunteers, certified dog teams and drones were deployed to assist for anything else that could be found.
Friday, March 8, 2019
5:31 PM Brooke's body located by one of the members of the search team on Pool Road south of Pot Hole Road, Equality, Illinois (less than 2 miles from the vehicle). Brooke's 10 week-old Boxer was sitting in the east ditch. The puppy came to the searcher. When the searcher picked up the puppy Brooke’s body was seen in the ditch and 911 was contacted immediately.
The Autopsy was conducted at the Cox & Son Funeral Home, 209 S Jarrell St, Ridgway, IL
A Sexual Assault Kit was completed but the results were never reported. Brooke was wearing a gray t-shirt, a black hooded sweatshirt, a black coat, dark sweatpants, gray tennis shoes and a multi-colored headband. She had a black hair tie on her right wrist and a nose ring.
It was 11 degrees the night she disappeared. Her body was covered in mud and debris. There was no evidence of foul play, meaning, that her body did not show any sign of physical trauma. Both her knees and lower legs, however, did have bruising. She had mild emaciation, but otherwise was a healthy young woman.
Toxicology confirmed methamphetamine, fentanyl/metabolite. At 160 ng/ml and meth 1500 ng/ml.
Cause of death is listed as hypothermia due to environmental exposure.
The manner of death was listed as an accident.
September 16, 2019 the Gallatin County State's Attorney Douglas Dyhrokopp confirmed that his office would not be filing criminal charges resulting from or relating to Brooke Naylor's death. There was insufficient evidence that a crime occurred.
10/24/2019 10:30AM Another vehicle was brought in for processing. Interestingly enough the case file does not explain why this vehicle was brought in or what its relevance to Brooke's case was. It was listed as a 2011 Orange Jeep Wrangler and that it was possibly involved in a homicide a year prior to this date. The vehicle had since been sold. The results of the testing was never reported.
When Brooke Naylor was reported missing we were unable to locate or speak to the family. Our organization requires contact with the family prior to us assisting in the case and creating awareness. After Brooke's autopsy was reported as hypothermia with toxicology reports pending, the case went silent. There were no answers. Many answers were given, but raised many other questions.
It is 100% certain that her boyfriend at the time had nothing to do with her disappearance or death. Something made Brooke believe that while she sat in the car with her puppy, and Cameron went in to Wal-Mart, that she left the store, got in to a different car and left. She followed him only to realize that was not her boyfriend. She never went back to her residence. She never went back to Wal-Mart to pick him up. She never went to a friend or family member, and she never made another call to anyone. She had over $200 in cash, a working vehicle with gas and her puppy.
Her vehicle was found just four and a half miles (just five minutes) away from where she would last be seen, at the Police Department.
What happened to Brooke Naylor after she left the Ridgway Police Department? If she convinced the Chief of Police that she was not intoxicated, then how did she end up out of the vehicle four and a half miles away (where the vehicle was located). and from there, her body was found almost two miles away from her vehicle.
What time did she leave the Police Department? What happened between the time she left there and the first reports of her vehicle seen abandoned about 6:00 AM? What about the witness that said she saw someone short in the driver's seat about 8:45 AM attempting to drive the vehicle out of the grassy area? This same witness that said they saw the vehicle moved from one spot at 8:45 AM and then moved by the time she saw the vehicle again at 3:00 PM that same Monday?
Brooke Naylor, 20, of Carmi passed away on March 8, 2019. She was born March 11, 1998 in Evansville, IN the daughter of David M. and Karla B. (Roser) Naylor. Brooke graduated as a Valedictorian in 2016 from Carmi White County High School where she a member of the Tennis team. She went on to graduate in 2018 from Southeastern Illinois College with an Associates Degree. Brooke worked as a waitress at Morello's Restaurant and Catering in Harrisburg. She had previously worked at the Carmi Veterinary Clinic. Brooke loved all animals, but especially dogs and cats.
Brooke is survived by her parents, David and Karla Naylor of Carmi; maternal grandparents, Lowell and Sue Roser of Carmi; paternal grandparents, Ron Naylor of Carmi and Butch and Mary Stallings of Carmi; aunts and uncles, Kent and Shannon Roser of Carmi, Kyle and Nikki Roser of Enfield, Van and Carol Naylor of Hillsboro, IL, and Stephanie and Andy Higgins of Evansville, IN; a step-uncle and aunt, Michael and April Stallings of Calgary, Alberta; and cousins, Tanner (Morganne), Walker, Kilee, and Kole Roser, Brent (Val) and Michael Naylor, Ian, Evan, Anna, and Addison Higgins and Owen Stallings.
Funeral services for Brooke Naylor, 20, of Carmi will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi. Burial will be in White County Memorial Garden in Carmi. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made in Brooke's memory to Pet's At Risk to assist with the development of the Dog Park at Burrell's Woods and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.