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    Quawan "Bobby" Charles' (15) death deemed suspicious after he was found dead in a sugarcane field days after going missing

    Authorities said they have obtained video evidence in the homicide investigation of a missing Black teenager that showed him alone near where his body was later found.

    Fifteen-year-old Quawan "Bobby" Charles went missing from his Baldwin, Louisiana, home on Oct. 30. His body was found in a sugarcane field about 20 miles away in Iberia Parish several days later, his family said.

    A graphic photo of his body circulated online this week, drawing attention to the circumstances around his death, which the local sheriff's department had deemed "suspicious."

    The family has called for more answers in Charles' death, and the American Civil Liberties Union is demanding a full, independent investigation amid what the organization claims is a 'lack of transparency demonstrated by local officials."

    On Saturday, Iberia Parish Sheriff Tommy Romero issued an update on the investigation, citing "public interest" in the case.

    The sheriff's office said it has obtained video evidence of Charles near the area he was found that indicates he was alone "for some time before, or after, he is seen on the recording."

    The sheriff's office said it has also conducted several interviews with and is "actively tracking" the whereabouts of people who were reportedly with Charles right before his disappearance. They have also collected evidence from those people's home, officials said.

    Investigators have additionally interviewed people who may have interacted with Charles before his death, as well as at least one eyewitness who reportedly saw him in the area where he was found, the sheriff's office said.

    "I want to assure the public that I, and my team, are doing everything we can, and following every lead, to gather evidence into what happened in the untimely death of Quawan 'Bobby' Charles," Romero said.

    One of Charles' parents notified Baldwin police of his potential disappearance on Oct. 30, the sheriff's office said. One of his parents notified the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office on Nov. 3, and Charles was found several hours later, officials said.

    No other details could be shared at this time due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, authorities said.

    On Friday, the Iberia Parish Coroner's Office released the preliminary findings of Charles' autopsy, which ruled his likely cause of death as drowning. The report noted no evidence of trauma before death, and said that postmortem injuries on his face were "likely aquatic activity."

    The report noted that the results could change depending on final autopsy findings and any evidence provided by law enforcement.

    A toxicology report is still pending.

    The family's lawyers said in a statement Saturday evening that they did not authorize the preliminary autopsy report to be released to the media before they had told extended family the results. The lawyers, Ronald Haley, Chase Trichell, Dedrick Moore and Ryan Thompson, also said the family was requesting a meeting with Romero no later than Monday to discuss the findings of the case.

    An independent autopsy is being conducted by American Forensics of Mesquite, Texas, The Associated Press reported.

    Romero is urging anyone with information to contact the sheriff's office at 337-369-3711.

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    Whomever did this to this child is evil. I saw this a while ago and it brings back memories of Emmitt Till.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queena View Post
    Whomever did this to this child is evil. I saw this a while ago and it brings back memories of Emmitt Till.
    Agreed. There is no way this was an accidental drowning.

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    The pics are brutal.

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    yes i said i will leave it under you storage he said cuddle with me i said shut up it over??? what am i doing wrong??

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    Family of Black teen found dead in sugar cane field says police didn't take his disappearance seriously

    The family of a Black teenager who was found dead days after he was reported missing believes police did not take his disappearance seriously because of his race. Detectives in Louisiana are now investigating Quawan "Bobby" Charles' death as a homicide.

    There was no Amber Alert after he was reported missing, but police claim "all procedures were followed."

    "People are angry. People are upset," Quawan Charles' cousin Celina Charles told "CBS This Morning" national correspondent Jericka Duncan.

    Celina said her family wants answers in the 15-year-old's death and the investigation that followed.

    The Charles family said Quawan was picked up on October 30 by a woman named Janet Irvin and her 17-year-old son. They allegedly picked him up outside his father's house in Baldwin, Louisiana, but Quawan's parents said they don't know the woman or her son and never consented to him leaving with them.

    When Quawan's family reported him missing that night, they say police brushed off their concerns, speculating he was at a football game.

    Celina said she believes race played a role in how the case has been investigated.

    "Most definitely, because they didn't notify the media. They didn't notify the community," she said.

    On November 2, the 15-year-old's body was found in a sugar cane field in Loreauville, 30 minutes from his home.

    The coroner's office says the teen likely drowned and had no injuries before his death. They also ruled the wounds on his face happened after his death and were likely caused by aquatic animals.

    But according to the family's attorneys, the water in the sugar cane fields is very shallow.

    "Those bodies of water barely go up to your knees. And so this isn't that Quawan tried to go for a swim," said Ronald Haley, one of the attorneys representing Quawan's family.

    The attorneys said Irvin and her son have since packed up and left their home. Investigators said they have questioned the individuals believed to have been with Quawan before he disappeared and "are actively tracking their whereabouts."

    Local activist Jamal Taylor helped the family raise over $250,000 in a GoFundMe campaign for the family to hire its own investigators and get a second autopsy.

    "I was particularly disappointed by the lack of response from police in the matter. And so I immediately said, we need to do something about this," Taylor said.

    "It shouldn't be incumbent upon the family to solve the crime of Quawan Charles," said Chase Trichell, another attorney representing the Charles family.

    Many people, particularly Charles' family members, are pointing out the similarities between Quawan's injuries and Emmett Till's. In 1955 in Mississippi, two White men murdered 14-year-old Till for allegedly whistling at a White woman. His casket was left open at his mother's request so the world could see the brutality.

    The Charles family released a photo of Quawan showing what he looked like when he was found. CBS News has opted not to show the image due to the graphic nature and the ongoing investigation.

    "We felt like the world needed to see," Celina said about the photo.

    The family is also waiting for full results of an independent autopsy.

    The sheriff's office said in a statement that the homicide investigation continues and said they do have video of Quawan during his disappearance, but they are not yet releasing it to the public.

    CBS News has attempted to reach out to Janet Irvin and has not received a response.

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