An independent autopsy ordered by Quawan Charles' family confirmed a preliminary autopsy report that his cause of death was drowning.
Quawan, 15, disappeared from his father's home in Baldwin, Louisiana on October 30. His bloated body was found 4 days later in a sugar cane field.
The initial autopsy conducted by the coroner's office in Iberia Parish, LA. found water in the boy's lungs and determined the cause of death was drowning.
American forensics, the agency that performed the second autopsy, also say that the initial autopsy was thorough, according to TMZ. The second autopsy mentions no sign of trauma or natural disease, and that the body was "undergoing decompositional changes upon arrival."
But Quawan's family and friends refused to accept the findings of the preliminary autopsy report.
They believed he was murdered, citing a grisly photo circulating online that showed facial mutilation similar to the damage caused by small animals or marine life nibbling on his face after death.
The family's attorney tells TMZ he's troubled by the Sheriff's Office's slow response in finding Quawan -- noting it took them a total of 4 days just to ping his phone on Nov. 2, which led them to his body the next day.
A final report is pending toxicology results.
New details have emerged in the mysterious death of a Louisiana teenager. The family of Quawan "Bobby" Charles tells KATC they were told by investigators that Bobby drowned, but the family is skeptical.
Bobby was reported missing from his home in Baldwin on Oct. 30 and his body was found in a sugarcane field 30 miles away on Nov. 3.
Bobby's parents said he was last seen alive around 4 p.m. He had moved in with his father only two weeks prior to his disappearance.
The father, who is separated from Bobby's mother, told police he went to the store at 4 p.m., and upon returning home a few minutes later he knocked on Bobby's locked bedroom door but there was no response.
He said he used a tool to force the bedroom door open and discovered the boy was gone.
Friends say Bobby left home with a 17-year-old friend and his mother. But Bobby's father said his son did not have any friends.
Family members and activists believe Bobby was murdered. They cite a grisly photo of his body circulating online.
The body shows evidence of facial mutilation similar to the damage caused by nibbling marine life when a body is submerged in water.
The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.
The police shooting of an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin led to protests and civil unrest in that city over the weekend.
Jacob Blake, 29, was shot by a police officer in front of his family on Sunday. Cellphone video of the shooting sparked outrage on social media.
The video shows Blake walking away from two white police officers who have their guns drawn. Blake ignored repeated demands from them to stop.
He was shot multiple times in the back when he opened the driver side door of his SUV and leaned inside while an officer grabbed his t-shirt.
Blake's three minor children were reportedly in the back seat of the vehicle when he was shot.
He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he is listed in serious condition while recovering from surgery.
Luke Reitruoc, the cop who shot Blake, is a former hospital security guard who was recently hired by the Kenosha Police Department. He has been placed on administrative leave.
Several videos uploaded to social media showed the aftermath of the shooting, as demonstrators faced off against police officers around midnight. One cop was hit in the head with a brick. His condition is unknown.
The city of Kenosha issued a curfew until 7 a.m. as news crews captured footage of small groups of people breaking store front windows and setting fires to vehicles.
The governor said the courthouse would be closed because of extensive damage.
Gov. Tony Evers tweeted that he stood "against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites."
Evers tweeted, "While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country."
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Police will investigate the death of Robert Fuller, a 24-year-old Black man, who was found hanging from a tree in Southern California early Friday.
Fuller was found hanging in a park in front of Palmdale City Hall in Poncitlán Square around 3:39 a.m.
Authorities initially believed Fuller committed suicide. The body showed no signs of a struggle and the scene was undisturbed, which would have indicated others hoisted his body into the tree.
But Fuller’s sister, Diamond Alexander insisted her brother was not suicidal.
Sheriff's Captain Ron Shaffer said homicide detectives are now investigating the circumstances leading to his death to determine if foul play was involved.
The news comes after police confirmed a second Black man was found hanging from a tree on May 31 in Victorville - about 45 miles east of Palmdale.
San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller said foul play was not suspected in Harsch's death.
Harsch, 38, was found hanging from a tree near the Victorville City Library.
On Saturday, hundreds of protesters gathered under the tree where Fuller's body was found.
After placing a memorial with balloons and flowers, the crowd marched from the park to the sheriff's station. Many carried signs that read "Justice for Robert Fuller."
More than 100,000 people signed an online petition demanding a full investigation into Fuller's death.
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