WASHINGTON (KSLA) - The Department of Justice will investigate the death of Alfred Wright, the East Texas man whose body was found 18 days after he was first reported missing that had allegedly been searched more than 17 days before by local law enforcement officials.
That's according to TX Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who asked U.S. Attorney General last week to look into the case and "all the circumstances surrounding this tragedy."
The case has been making national headlines in the weeks since the 28-year-old physical therapist and married father of 3 turned up dead just 25 yards where he was last seen on the day of his disappearance.
In a 3-page letter from Congresswoman Jackson's office, she asked for a thorough investigation to see if Alfred Wright's civil rights were violated. On Monday afternoon, Lee confirmed that the DOJ has agreed to conduct an independent investigation, which she says she is confident will be thorough, "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," says Rep. Lee, who represents the 18th District of Texas and serves as a senior member of the House Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees.
Wright's family believes he was murdered and they say law enforcement knows something. KSLA News 12's Domonique Benn went to Sabine county, TX to investigate and found new details into this backwoods mystery. Click here to view the full story.