MARIES COUNTY, Mo. — The search for Brandon Bourbon came to a tragic conclusion on Friday, as the former University of Kansas and Washburn football player was found dead according to the Maries County Sheriff’s Office. Bourbon, 24, was reported missing on Saturday after he didn’t show up for church with his family in the Potosi, Mo., area.
Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman says Bourbon was found on a secluded riverfront property off of Route AA near Vienna, Mo. The sheriff says that Bourbon took his own life based on the preliminary investigation.
Bourbon was a running back for KU until 2014 before transferring to Washburn the next season.
Former Jayhawk and current Oakland Raider Ben Heeney pushed for help in the search for Bourbon on social media, and offered his condolences on Friday night.
KU Head Coach David Beaty gave this statement:
“Our hearts are broken to hear the news of the passing of Brandon Bourbon. Brandon was a wonderful teammate and friend. He was a tireless worker both on the field and in the classroom and was a constant source of inspiration within our program. The entire Jayhawk family cared very deeply for him and he will always be in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon’s family and friends.”
The University of Washburn provided this statement:
“We are sadened to hear of Brandon’s passing,” Ichabod head football coach Craig Schurig said. “In one season as an Ichabod he made an immediate impact with the team coming prior to the start of the 2015 season. He was an extremely hard worker and a leader in the locker room and weight room and was voted a team captain prior to his senior season at Washburn. He was a joy to be around and to coach. The Washburn football family sends it thoughts and prayers to Brandon’s family.”
Bourbon played one season for the Ichabods and led the team in rushing with 937 yards on 219 carries with four touchdowns averaging 4.3 yards per rush playing in 11 games. He had a season-high 143 yards on 18 carries at Pittsburg State in a 21-14 win over the Gorillas. He also had 15 catches for 71 yards.
After his season season at Washburn he was named second team all-MIAA after finishing fifth in the league in rushing. At the Ichabod football banquet he was named Washburn’s co-offensive player of the year.”
Andrew Lynch, Fox 4 KC