The sheriff’s workplace shared new particulars within the case, citing “public curiosity.”
Authorities mentioned they’ve obtained video proof within the murder investigation of a lacking Black teenager that confirmed him alone close to the place his physique was later discovered.
Fifteen-year-old Quawan “Bobby” Charles went lacking from his Baldwin, Louisiana, house on Oct. 30. His physique was present in a sugarcane discipline about 20 miles away in Iberia Parish a number of days later, his household mentioned.
A graphic picture of his physique circulated on-line this week, drawing consideration to the circumstances round his demise, which the native sheriff’s division had deemed “suspicious.”
The household has known as for extra solutions in Charles’ demise, and the American Civil Liberties Union is demanding a full, impartial investigation amid what the group claims is a ‘lack of transparency demonstrated by native officers.”
On Saturday, Iberia Parish Sheriff Tommy Romero issued an replace on the investigation, citing “public curiosity” within the case.
The sheriff’s workplace mentioned it has obtained video proof of Charles close to the realm he was discovered that signifies he was alone “for a while earlier than, or after, he’s seen on the recording.”
The sheriff’s workplace mentioned it has additionally carried out a number of interviews with and is “actively monitoring” the whereabouts of people that have been reportedly with Charles proper earlier than his disappearance. They’ve additionally collected proof from these folks’s house, officers mentioned.
Investigators have moreover interviewed individuals who might have interacted with Charles earlier than his demise, in addition to a minimum of one eyewitness who reportedly noticed him within the space the place he was discovered, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.
“I wish to guarantee the general public that I, and my staff, are doing the whole lot we will, and following each lead, to assemble proof into what occurred within the premature demise of Quawan ‘Bobby’ Charles,” Romero mentioned.
One among Charles’ mother and father notified Baldwin police of his potential disappearance on Oct. 30, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned. One among his mother and father notified the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Workplace on Nov. 3, and Charles was discovered a number of hours later, officers mentioned.
No different particulars could possibly be shared right now as a result of ongoing nature of the investigation, authorities mentioned.
On Friday, the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Workplace launched the preliminary findings of Charles’ post-mortem, which dominated his doubtless reason behind demise as drowning. The report famous no proof of trauma earlier than demise, and mentioned that postmortem accidents on his face have been “doubtless aquatic exercise.”
The report famous that the outcomes might change relying on ultimate post-mortem findings and any proof offered by regulation enforcement.
A toxicology report continues to be pending.
The household’s legal professionals mentioned in an announcement Saturday night that they didn’t authorize the preliminary post-mortem report back to be launched to the media earlier than that they had informed prolonged household the outcomes. The legal professionals, Ronald Haley, Chase Trichell, Dedrick Moore and Ryan Thompson, additionally mentioned the household was requesting a gathering with Romero no later than Monday to debate the findings of the case.
An impartial post-mortem is being carried out by American Forensics of Mesquite, Texas, The Related Press reported.
Romero is urging anybody with info to contact the sheriff’s workplace at 337-369-3711.