Native American actor Cole Brings Plenty, 27, found dead after family declared him missing

 April 6, 2024

Cole Brings Plenty, a Native American actor who appeared in Paramount's "1923" TV series, was found dead by law enforcement on Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

He had been reported missing earlier in the week by his family, and his actor uncle, Mo Brings Plenty, who stars in Paramount's "Yellowstone" TV series, of which "1923" is a spin-off, had repeatedly posted messages on social media throughout the week about his missing nephew.

At the same time that Cole's family was searching for him, so too was the Lawrence Police Department, which had declared Cole, 27, a wanted suspect in an alleged domestic violence incident around the same time that he disappeared.

Reported missing by family; also wanted by the police

On Friday, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office in Kansas announced in a Facebook post that Cole's body had been found that morning when deputies responded to a report of an "unoccupied vehicle" and subsequently discovered a "deceased male in a wooded area away from the vehicle."

That announcement noted that crime scene investigators and the medical examiner were taking part in an ongoing investigation and urged members of the public to contact the sheriff's office if they had any information that might aid the probe.

Likewise, the Lawrence Police Department updated its Facebook post on Tuesday that declared Cole a wanted suspect in a domestic violence incident on Sunday, and stated, "Officers responded to reports of a female screaming for help, but the suspect fled before officers arrived. The investigation identified Brings Plenty and traffic cameras showed him leaving the city immediately after the incident, traveling southbound on 59 Highway."

The post added, "This incident involves allegations of domestic violence, which limits the amount of information we can share to protect the victim. No further details will be provided. Brings Plenty’s family has contacted officers, expressed concern, and reported him as a missing person."

Family confirms death, thanks those who aided search

According to CNN, the death of Cole was further confirmed by a statement released by his father, Joe Brings Plenty Sr., who said, "I am deeply saddened to confirm that my son, Cole, has been found and is no longer with us."

"We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone for the prayers and positive thoughts you sent for Cole. We would also like to thank everyone who came to walk beside us as we searched for my son and provided the resources we needed to expand our search areas. I learned this week how many people knew the goodness in Cole’s heart and loved him," the grieving father added.

Just one day earlier, in a lengthy Instagram post on Thursday, Cole's uncle Mo had similarly expressed deep appreciation on behalf of the family toward everyone who had contributed to the efforts to find his missing nephew.

He also urged everyone to refrain from jumping to conclusions about the criminal allegations against Cole or that he was "on the run" from the police, which the family vigorously denied.

Cause of death remains unknown

According to his IMDb page, Cole Brings Plenty had only just begun his career in the entertainment industry last year and had three acting credits to his name.

That included two appearances in "1923," one appearance on the TV series "The Tall Tales of Jim Bridger," and appearances in two episodes of the TV series "Into the Wild Frontier."

Per The Hollywood Reporter, a cause of death for Cole has not yet been revealed by law enforcement authorities due to the ongoing investigation.

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