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Attorneys question Alfred Wright death investigation; private autopsy doesn't indicate cause of death
BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull
Attorneys for the family of a man found dead in Sabine County are raising questions over the investigation of Alfred Wright's disappearance and death. Now, the family is seeking answers.
"It is a shame and an abomination that we're having to do this to get justice for them but that is why we're here, is to get answers for the family," attorney Cade Bernsen said. Bernsen law firm is representing the Wright family.
The initial autopsy conducted showed Wright had a number of puncture wounds to parts of his body. The pathologist couldn't determine a cause of death.
Another autopsy conducted on behalf of the family was also unable to find a cause of death.
"My examination was limited due to the somewhat advanced decomposition of the body and due to the fact that it was a second autopsy but I did see findings that were suspicious for homicidal violence," forensic pathologist Dr. Lee Anne Grossberg said.
The first autopsy showed no signs of severe trauma. Grossberg said she disagrees.
"I would not have put that statement I see findings that are definitely suspicious for homicidal violence," Grossberg said.
Wright was last seen alive near CLM packaging store near Hemphill Nov. 7th. Relatives said Wright's truck broke down and witnesses saw him running from it towards town.
The Sabine County Sheriff's Office began a large search. Attorneys for the family said the searchers discovered pieces of Wright's clothing but decided to end the search after a few days. Attorneys said the sheriff told the family his office had exhausted all resources.
Family and friends continued searching and found Wright's body Nov. 25th.
Attorneys for Bernsen Law Firm, representing the family, held a news conference Friday at their offices in Beaumont. Wright's family and dozens of friends crowded inside.
The attorneys displayed a map showing where Wright's body and evidence were found in Sabine County. They pointed out where a piece of Wright's clothing was found near a barbed wire fence. They said it appeared perfectly cut, not they contend, what would be expected if Wright had caught the clothing on a fence.
They also raised questions regarding the lack of surveillance video from a camera that was mounted on the convenience store where Wright was last seen. Attorneys said officials hadn't investigated Wright's truck left there.
They also said investigators haven't taken formal statements from relatives of possible witnesses.
"To call the Sabine County Sheriff's department an investigation is an insult at very best, it's grossly negligent," attorney Ryan Macleod said. "It's horrible, it's offensive."
The case is now in the hands of the Texas Rangers.
Macleod showed a letter he wrote to them that addressed their concerns.
"As of today I have not heard anything. This family has not received a phone call," Macleod said. "What I am asking for right now is that whoever is investigating, whoever it may be, if it's the Texas Rangers, we need someone who has courage, okay, we need someone who has a backbone, who will come out and who will do a full and fair investigation."
Attorneys said they haven't heard from law enforcement in two weeks.
"We're not going to stop, we can't stop," Macleod said.
KFDM was unable to reach the Texas Rangers and the Sabine County Sheriff's Office.