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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.

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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.

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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.