The Department of Justice is being asked to join a family’s fight for truth regarding the mysterious disappearance and death of Alfred Wright, CNN reports.
The 28-year-old Jasper, Texas, father disappeared last November. After the police called off their search, Wright’s family took up the cause, launching their own search team.
His family found his remains a few miles from where they reported him missing. The local sheriff has stated that there was no foul play involved in Wright’s death, but Wright’s family believes that he was murdered.
Last week, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 launched an in-depth three-part report that had investigative reporter Deborah Feyerick shining a national spotlight on the facts surrounding the case. Feyerick reported Thursday night that Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee met with Wright’s family Wednesday for several hours after seeing the show.
Now the Texas congresswoman’s chief of staff says they’re drafting a letter to the Justice Department, Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. attorney in Beaumont, Texas.
“We have no specifics just yet on the kind of investigation or assistance they’re going to ask for from the Justice Department,” Feyerick reports, “but it would include things, for example, like civil rights violations, hate crimes, public corruption—for example, corruption within law enforcement.”
According to KLTV News 7, the East Texas News obtained a copy of the first page of an autopsy report performed on Nov. 26, 2013, and prepared by Dr. John W. Ralston, a forensic pathologist with Forensic Medical Management Services of Texas’ Beaumont office. The pathologist listed “combined drug intoxication, including cocaine, methamphetamine, and amphetamine.” Ralston’s report also stated that Wright’s body had shallow puncture wounds to the abdomen, left thigh, left lower leg and palm of the left hand, KLTV News 7 reports.
The report also stated that there was no evidence of severe trauma.
Wright’s family issued a statement via their attorneys not long after the East Texas News published the findings from the autopsy report.