A 28-year-old physical therapist went missing back in November, and 18 days after the search began to find him, his body was discovered in the woods.
When his father, along with volunteers, found his Alfred Wright, he was stripped down to only his boxers and a single sock with his cell phone tucked in it, along with both his shoes. Wright was missing one ear, his two front teeth were gone, and his throat was slit in a straight line. With all of this evidence pointing to foul play, authorities still dismissed the case as a drug overdose.
"What is so troubling to us: before the body was even found Sabine County sheriff was saying 'Oh I think this is a drug overdose,'" said Cade Bernsen, the Wright’s attorney. "And the problem with that is they had nothing to base that on."
The family says that after four days of initially searching, police in the small Texas town were ready to give up the search after, as the sheriff’s office said at the time, they exhausted all of their options.
The county had a forensic pathologist perform an autopsy on Wright, and according to him, Wright’s death was accidental, the result of a drug overdose. They said his missing ear and teeth could have been due to animals ravaging his dead body for 18 days in the woods, but they couldn’t offer an explanation of the slit across his throat. Wright’s family had their own autopsy performed, and that pathologist concluded that his death was from severe trauma to his neck and head as well as from his slashed throat.
Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee wound up meeting with the Wright family to discuss the case, and after that meeting, Lee wrote a petition to Attorney General Eric Holder to get the federal government’s help in the investigation.
"I am confident that the Department of Justice will conduct a thorough and independent investigation into all the circumstances surrounding this tragedy,” said Lee in a press release, “and to take appropriate action necessary to vindicate the federal interest, protect the civil rights of all Americans, ensure that all persons receive equal justice under law. We are all better off when the facts are discovered, the truth is discerned and the family and the community are at peace.”
Wright’s wife and three sons are now left wondering what happened to their loving provider, and with the federal government helping them, hopefully they will soon find answers.