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    I don't know how many of you have heard anything about this but it's starting to get more attention. As it should! It's another instance that you look around and think "REALLY? This is where we STILL are?"
    Family wants answers in man's mysterious death in Texas - CNN.com
    (CNN) -- On a cold, rainy night in late November, Douglas Wright sat amid brambles and thick East Texas underbrush, watching over the body of his 28-year-old son, Alfred, who had disappeared almost three weeks earlier.
    "His spirits got to me: 'Daddy, I knew you would find me,'" Wright says, recalling the relief that had washed over him.
    Sabine County sheriff's deputies had searched for Alfred Wright but didn't find him, and volunteer searchers later found his body, his family says.
    A medical examiner says the death was accidental, but the family rejects that notion, citing what a different pathologist says appears to be "severe trauma" to his body. The Texas Rangers and FBI are investigating.







    Mystery surrounds Texas man's death
    Alfred Wright was last seen around dusk on November 7. The physical therapist was on his way to treat a patient. He had been having trouble with his pickup and pulled into CL&M Grocer, one of the few stores along an isolated stretch of Route 87.
    He called his wife, Lauren, and gave her directions to the store. Because their two young sons were home sick, she called his parents, who immediately left on the hourlong drive. What happened next changed everything.
    "The last time I called him, I just heard heavy breathing. He was in distress of some sort. He was not responding to anything I was saying," Lauren Wright says.
    Around 6 p.m., Alfred Wright disappeared from where he was last seen alive. When his parents arrived about 20 minutes later, his truck was in the parking lot, but he was nowhere to be seen. His father asked the store clerk what happened. He says she told him that she was out having a smoke when Wright "all of a sudden put his cell phone in his sock and took off like the truck was going to blow up."
    The clerk did not want to be interviewed on camera but did tell CNN that Wright "left on his own free will," a phrase she repeated several times.
    The next day, his personal effects, including his watch and ID, turned up on a nearby ranch. Deputies searched the property with cadaver dogs. His family says it was told by the deputies that Wright's scent had "disappeared" at a nearby creek.
    Four days after Wright vanished, Sabine County Sheriff Thomas Maddox called off the search, telling the family, "Your son's just a missing person. My guys are tired. We've exhausted our resources and funds. We're done," family lawyer Ryan MacLeod says.
    Family members say the sheriff told them that "there was no foul play" and that Wright's disappearance was probably "drug-related," most likely related to methamphetamine.
    The sheriff's daughter and Wright apparently knew each other through their health care jobs, which made the sheriff's actions even more surprising to the Wrights, who were left to search for their son on their own.
    He had been missing for 19 days when, during Thanksgiving week, dozens of volunteers did their own search in the cold and rain. Wright's body was found nearly three weeks after his truck broke down, in an area of the ranch supposedly already searched by deputies.
    'He was neatly laid'
    Walking to the spot, Douglas Wright describes the position in which his son lay: "His head was in this area, and his feet was back here. He was just, if I might say, he was neatly laid. He was neatly laid."
    Alfred Wright was wearing only boxer shorts, tennis shoes and a single sock, inside of which was his cell phone, just as the clerk had described. The second sock was under the body. "I was told by the mortician at the autopsy that when they pulled off his left sock, his keys was under his left foot in his shoe," his father says.
    "What was weird about his sock," says his father, is that it "was clean, and his sock was pulled up with his phone stuck in it as if he was in a Sunday school class. Neat. His tennis shoes was very clean."
    And not just the position of the body seemed strange. "This is the first thing I noticed -- how smooth his forearms and his back was. No scratches at all," his father says. After just one day, he and the other volunteers were caked in mud and their clothing torn from brambles, he says.
    Alfred Wright was missing an ear, two front teeth, and his throat appeared to be cut. The medical examiner attributed the trauma to "animal and insect activity." What's more, in an echo of the sheriff's prediction, the coroner's toxicology report described Wright's body as filled with drugs -- cocaine, meth and amphetamines. His death was ruled "accidental" due to a "combined drug intoxication."
    His family doesn't believe it. Family members say they never saw him do drugs, nor had his personality changed to suggest he was using drugs. They say he was the fun-loving, hardworking father he had always been. They want to know if the drugs entered his body while he was missing.
    Suspicious of the investigation, the family hired their own pathologist, who ultimately did a separate autopsy and, contrary to the medical examiner, found what appears to be "severe trauma to the neck and head."
    A month after Wright's body was found, Maddox handed the investigation over to the Texas Rangers. They have called the death "questionable" and say the autopsy is just one part of an active investigation. The week CNN was in Sabine County, the Texas Rangers announced they had called in the FBI to assist.
    After Alfred Wright's death, wife Lauren went through bank records. She found three charges her husband made at local hotels when she and the children were away the month before he died. Texas Rangers are pulling video from one of the hotels to review it for possible evidence.
    Feds, family seek answers a year after teen's mysterious death


    CNN's Ross Levitt contributed to this report
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    dammit! he's not missing, he's dead.
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    Alfred Wright was missing an ear, two front teeth, and his throat appeared to be cut. The medical examiner attributed the trauma to "animal and insect activity."

    So what kind of insect will slit a grown mans throat?
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    the crazy WHITE texas ones who are set on hating a black man.. especially one that had the audacity to marry a honky.
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    Fucking disgusting. Why do people have so much hate in their hearts? So sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHELLEE View Post
    Alfred Wright was missing an ear, two front teeth, and his throat appeared to be cut. The medical examiner attributed the trauma to "animal and insect activity."

    So what kind of insect will slit a grown mans throat?
    And knock out his teeth?
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    So what kind of insect will slit a grown mans throat?
    A very large, pissed off one.
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    I am curious about the three hotel charges the victim made, the month before he died. But the cops didn't do their job if volunteer searches (EquuSearch?) found the victim in a place the cops claimed to have searched. Reminds me of an Aussie girl who "went missing" in Croatia; the local law enforcement were so incompetent and full shit that it's obvious the witness who identified two cops as abductors was right, and the police and coroner were covering something up.

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    What I'm curious about is how smooth and clean they say he was when he was found. Is it possible his body was put there after the police searched the area? I find it hard to believe his body was lying in bramble and muck for weeks, exposed to animals and insects, and yet his socks stayed clean. Were they able to definitely say how long he'd been dead?

    I really hope there isn't a chance he was alive when the police called off the search. I want to believe he was dead the whole time and moved later on, because the alternative is the police either never searched the area or were so negligent they missed him. Either possibility seems rooted in bigotry.
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    His financials showed he'd been using a hotel while his wife and kids were away.

    He was friendly with the Sheriff's daughter.

    The Sheriff's people seem to be engaged in some sort of coverup.

    Hmmm. I'd be looking at local law enforcement for more than just mishandling the search.
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    His body was full of drugs. Sounds like a drug deal gone bad. And the cops just didn't give two shits about a black man missing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CornFlakegrl View Post
    His body was full of drugs. Sounds like a drug deal gone bad. And the cops just didn't give two shits about a black man missing.
    OR, he was taken from the store "of his own free will" by "someone" who had access to drugs (COPS) and he was forced to do them... a drug deal goes bad, they don't let you DO the drugs, they beat you, kill you - whatever. This sounds as if he was abducted at that store, taken someplace (held for an indeterminate amount of time) where he was given drugs (and potentially FORCED to take them so that they would be found in his system) and killed... and IMO, bathed, clothes laundered, redressed and then dumped in those woods. And for the sheriff's department to predict that a black man who was missing was off on a drug bing - specifically METH - and then for him to be found with that shit in his system (even though there's no evidence he'd EVER done it before) is pure bullshit. AND why was the first autopsy missing the detail about severe neck trauma? Something stinks out there, jack!
    And as much as I don't like to stereotype... this area is NOTORIOUS for racism... blech, I just saw an article where these people marched in Beaumonth with that horrid Quanell X... "Justice for Alfred" holds rally for Jasper man found dead in Sabine County - Beaumont Enterprise
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    ^^^^^

    It irks me how the witness is so insistent that he left of his own free will. Police intimidation, maybe?

    Even if he did appear to leave the store by himself, the way she describes it is weird. People don't generally flee quiet grocery stores like they're running from a bomb because they want to. It seems pretty clear he was afraid of something. Also strange to me is that he called his wife/parents for help when his car broke down. If you're hiding a drug habit from your family, you don't call them with car trouble from a score. The whole narrative the police are giving makes very little sense. And I know people will say drug addicts aren't usually very logical, but I know from experience that they are sneaky. They go to great lengths to conceal their addictions. This guy doesn't sound like a user, IMHO. Maybe he was wrapped up in something shady or knew something he shouldn't have, but I don't buy that he was on drugs.
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    Ok, sure, the facts are screwy but what on god's green earth would be the motivation for the police to abduct, drug, murder, clean up, launder, hide and then place in the woods, this particular man?

    Let's say he was banging the Sheriff's daughter and pops finds out. Just kill him. And get rid of the body where it will never be found. Why increase the risk of getting caught by employing this elaborate, and nonsensical, hide and seek with the body?
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    ^^^^^

    That's the part I'm not sure about. I don't know if I buy the police involvement theory so much as I think they know the investigation was hindered by prejudice and now they want to cover it up. It sounds like another Trayvon Martin situation where cops think they can ignore evidence or possibly even reject witness statements that don't fit in with the story they want to tell. Again, I'm just speculating, but I remember reading then how police "corrected" neighbors that it was a man's voice yelling for help and not a child. I wouldn't be surprised if they led this woman to state that he left of his "own free will" since he appeared to be alone. Nothing about the way he left that store sounds voluntary.
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