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Independent autopsy of missing Black teen indicates possible drowning

The family of Quawan Charles conducted their own autopsy as they questioned the validity of cops’ findings.

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The family of Quawan Charles conducted an independent autopsy, and the results seems to align with findings from the original autopsy report.

According to TMZ, the American Forensics agency discovered evidence of possible drowning and noted there were no signs of trauma or natural disease in Charle’s death, all information found in the initial autopsy results. The cause and manner of his death have not yet been revealed.

The teen was staying at his father’s home on Oct. 30 when he went out without his permission. He was reportedly picked up by his white friend and his mother, but never made his way home. When his parents were unable to get in touch with their son, they reported him missing. His body was later discovered in a sugarcane field four days later.

At the time, cops informed Charles’ family that water was found in the teen’s lungs, but they questioned the findings after noticing the injuries to his face and head. Investigators say the scars might have come from wild animals that nibbled on him, but the family is skeptical to believe this as well.

The family’s reluctance to doubt officers’ transparency partially stems from cops’ inability to show them where Charles’ body was found.

“They still have not shown us where Quawan was or what creek he was found at. We can’t even go and put up a cross where he was found at,” said Celina Charles, the family’s spokesperson. “They’re being very discreet.” The family’s attorney Ron Haley also called the officers out for failing to issue an Amber Alert when Charles was reported missing.

The Charles family — who suspect foul play in the 15-year-old’s death — is calling for the arrest of any individual involved. They are awaiting toxicology and histology results, while cops investigate the case as a homicide.

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