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Community leaders, mother demand answers in 27-year-old Jasper man's mysterious death

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The body of Jasper native Alfred Wrght was found 18 days after he went missing last November.

"There's a lot of misconceptions," said Wright's mother Rosalind Wright. "I mean from day one."

First Wright's parents say they were told by the Sabine County Sheriff's Department the wooded area in Hemphill where Alfred's body was discovered had been thoroughly searched days before.

Then how could their son's body be overlooked, the grieving parents wonder.

"And his autopsy coming out drug overdose is criminal," said Krystal Muhammad, National Chair of the New Black Panther Party.

Law officers in Sabine County initially closed the case calling Wright's death an accidental overdose.

They attributed all the trauma to his body to wild animals.

Wright's family paid for an independent autopsy which they say rules their son's death a homicide.

"I want to know what kind of drugs make you want to cut your tongue out of your mouth make you want to slit your throat make you want to gouge your eyes out," Wright's mother said.

These community leaders believe Wright's case is similar to another infamous murder in Jasper.

They believe it's racially motivated and nothing is being done since the sheriff and Texas ranger in charge of the case are both white.

"In 2014 we just can't take much more of these type of murders," said Robert Muhammad, southwest regional minister of the Nation of Islam.

The Justice Department has initiated an investigation into Wright's death and how east Texas law officers are handling it.

"I don't care if I have to fight till I take my last breath," Wright said. "But I will be fighting you will not get rid of me I will not go away."

Sheriff Maddox in Sabine County has told Fox 26 repeatedly he can't comment on Wright's death since there's an on-going investigation.

But the sheriff points out there are two sides to this story and he urges people not to make judgment until he's in a position to make the other side of this story public.

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