Another dead black man. Another mysterious death. Another federal investigation.

And yet, there are no immediate answers for why Alfred Wright, a 28-year-old physical therapist and a married father of three, was found dead in a field in Jasper, Texas.

Not one.

What makes this case more curious — and insidious — is that Wright was mutilated: his eyes were missing, part of his ear was hacked off; some of his teeth were ripped out – and his tongue was taken.

Still, the local sheriff said he didn’t suspect foul play.

Wright’s family believes Wright was a victim of a racist murder. Wright’s wife, Lauren, is white, and there was also a widespread rumor that Wright was having an affair with a relative of a white police officer. Lauren Wright says she does not believe her husband was having an affair, according to local news reports.

“For me, the most frustrating thing has been not knowing what happened,’ Lauren Wright told reporters. “We don’t have closure.”

Wright disappeared on Nov. 7, 2013. Search volunteers found his body after local law enforcement officials gave up the search after three days. The U.S. Department of Justice has correctly decided to investigate Wright’s death, which deserves a thorough probe.

But here’s what’s troubling: Two autopsies by Texas officials yielded little information about what happened to Wright. Police, forensic experts, and homicide detectives can’t get the bottom of Wright’s death. Initially, though Wright was found in his boxer shorts, his cell phone tucked in his sock, and the injuries described above, police said his death was a drug overdose.

The case has become so muddled and mishandled that Wright’s family hired a private investigator, Chuck Foreman, who is helping the family dig for answers.

“This has been the worst investigation I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Foreman, an Army Special Operations veteran. “The sheriff’s department never searched his truck, they never did a neighborhood canvas.”

So here’s what we know: Foreman says that Wright called his wife and parents to say that his truck had broken down, but when his parents came to pick him up, Wright had disappeared. Even though Wright was under indictment for allegedly embezzling $1,000 when he worked at a bank while attending college in Tennessee, local law enforcement authorities dismissed foul play. (His lawyer in that case says that at most, if convicted, Wright would have faced probation.)

“They kept saying that it was staged, that he was on the run,” Foreman, who is the president of the Center for Search and Investigation, a Texas-based group that helps search for missing children, told CBS News’ Crimesider.

Foreman said local police immediately blamed drugs for Wright’s death, but now the Justice Department is investigating Wright’s case after local law enforcement officials couldn’t come up with any conclusions.

“They kept saying it was drug-induced behavior,” Foreman says. “But nobody ever witnessed him doing drugs, and he has no drug-related criminal history.”

Some whisper that Wright could have been murdered because he was married to a white woman in a Texas town where not everyone is racially tolerant.

Other inconsistencies have emerged. The first autopsy called Wright’s death an accident, but his family never believed it. They ordered a second autopsy by Dr. Leeann Grossman who said she has “a high index of suspicion that this is a homicide.”

The Justice Department decided to take on the case after U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-Texas) wrote a three-page letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Lee wrote that local law enforcement officials dropped the search after three days and noted that Wright is from Jasper, Texas, a town also known for the racially-motivated death of James Byrd, a black man who was dragged to death by whites in 1998.

“This case appears to bear the indicia of a suspicious crime in which an African-American male is yet again the victim of an act of lethal violence,” Jackson Lee wrote. “Despite credible and overwhelming evidence to the contrary, local law enforcement officials ruled the death … as ‘accidental’ and ceased their investigation.

Equally troubling is the fact that one of the last persons to see Alfred Wright alive is a Sabine County law enforcement officer … who, according to the Wright family, has yet to be questioned fully by investigators.”

Jasper, a small town about 130 miles north of Houston, has a population of 7,590 residents, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Somebody knows something about Wright’s death.

Cade Bernsen, a lawyer for Alfred’s Wright family, told reporters that the family appreciates the Justice Department investigation.

“It’s important to have some people who aren’t from this area to take a look at it because there’s just too many questions that remain unanswered,” Bernsen said.

Now, perhaps, after this tragic incident, the Wright family will get the answers they need – and the justice they deserve.

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27 thoughts on “What Really Happened to Alfred Wright?

  1. Jiggy5 on said:

    Our men continue to disrespect black women by marrying white women. What is going on here? Are white women that much better?

    Holla’ at the Scholar

    • iann11 on said:

      Disrespecting Black Women????? Are you kidding me? What type of DUMB ASS thinks like that in the year 2014?????? This is why a lot of black folk have problems leading progressive lives, it’s because of this Antiquated BULL____ thinking!!! Men and Women CAN marry whomever they like, just because you may marry outside of your race definitely DOES NOT mean you’re disrespecting your race,We are all HUMAN BEINGS and you fall in love with whomever you fall in love with. It’s because of stupid, highly uneducated people such as yourself, that a lot of black people cannot move forward with their lives!!!!! Try teaching your children things that will guarantee their success in life, instead of this DUMB ASS DRIBBLE!!!!! SMDH!!!! I’m sooooo ashamed that I read a post that the likes of you also read!!!!! Ugghhhh! Grow up Jiggy5 and become a real Man instead of a silly ass little boy!!1

    • Dr. H on said:

      Seems like a case of see no evil hear no evil speak no evil; what kind of animal would commit this type of crime???? I know

  2. Mary on said:

    Pity. It’s so sad that here we are in 2014 and a black man still, in certain parts of this country, is murdered for marrying a white woman. But if true he was having an affair with a white cop white wife , that’s probably why he was killed (because it’s obvious he was murdered). This is Jim Crow all over again where black men were lynched just at looking at a white woman never mind marrying one.

    • Mary his wife was young and gorgeous and in great shape. the sheriffs daughter was much older and not in great shape, and their were other females. Hard to think this was an affair it sounds more like possible economic gains and other related things. Yes prob about race but even if it wasnt he may of ended up dead. Sex yes but does not sound like an affair

  3. americanize. on said:

    I heard about this story about a month ago,it was over shadow with all the other high profiled,white on black killings.White folk in these slave states or mad as hell,an armed to the teeth.So to my law abiding black brothers an sisters,armed ur selves,get a concelled weapons permit.We to have a right to protect ourselves an our love ones,not only from black criminals,but also racist devils.GOD BLESS BLACK AMERICA.

  4. How can this be ruled an accident. He didn’t cut off part of his ear, take his eye out nor cut out his tongue . Injustice in these southern towns where race hate lives. Somebody needs to pay for this horrific crime . Nobody deserves to die like this. How do they sleep at night ? This whole police force needs to be shut down because with this sloppy investigation makes me wonder who is really behind all of this…….

    • Dr. H on said:

      Seems like a case of see no evil hear no evil speak no evil – what kind of animal would commit this type of crime – I know

  5. Daniel Asamota on said:

    This sherriff who ever the hell he is needs to be fired from is job! His whole attitude smacks of disdain and that he knows who did it and doesn’t intend to make a serious attempt to investigate it! They need to know, we will not put up with this kind of shit long! You’re not invincible and if you want to do it this way, we can start kidnapping you and mutilating you too! You’re not the only ones who can do it that way, for if we have to take the law into our own hands because we can’t trust you to do it fairly and equitably THEN DAMMIT WE WILL!

  6. Mac Ben on said:

    more niggas kill more niggas than anybody else, so… why is this story any cause for alarm? Odds are, another nigga did it!

  7. faketony on said:

    Sunset ~5:25pm, wife got through to him on the phone about 6:05pm, only heard him breathing hard…

    Local temperature about 50F.

    He was lost in the woods and crazy with fear.

  8. faketony on said:

    It was an accident caused by Alfred`s fear of the dark.

    Many in his family where aware of his irrational fear.

    He was using the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

  9. Reblogged this on and commented:
    What makes this case more curious — and insidious — is that Wright was mutilated: his eyes were missing, part of his ear was hacked off; some of his teeth were ripped out – and his tongue was taken.
    Still, the local sheriff said he didn’t suspect foul play.
    Wright’s family believes Wright was a victim of a racist murder.

  10. Wildflower on said:

    As ugly as it may sound I do not think anything will change either until blacks take some very drastic step unfortunately. If you want to see changes to the gun laws and the “Stand your ground” law start killing some white people and using that defense and see how quick that shit is taken off the books. This country is still ran by the white man whether you want to except it or not and blacks are responsible for a portion of that outcome. But nothing is ever gonna be done to even the playing field until whites are affected. The only thing white people can comprehend is war. Stop the black on black killings in your communities and if you must kill take out one of their innocent and what the outrage and changes in laws.

    • iann11 on said:

      I disagree Wildflower, you can NEVER let yourself stoop to that level, you cannot advocate killing another human being, because that’s what you perceive is rightful justice. You must work hard to change laws, and make sure through all of this tragedy you must not forget how to live, Life is a beautiful, wonderful experience, and you cannot let anyone take the joy from your life. Fight hard to eradicate these laws and never stop going after those things that make Life a Wonderful experience!!!!!

  11. Raleigh Delesbore on said:

    It never stops, and it will never stop. The worst thing that has happened to the Negro is intergration. There was a time when black lawyers, doctors, teachers, laborers lived in the same neighborhood. Think about it, when the Supreme Court ruled aganist housing discrimination, transportation discrimination, and all the rest. There was no plan to incorporate AA into the mainstream. Thus, you can live here, go to this school; but, the caucasians moved out of the neighborhood and the tax base went with them.
    The sad thing about this incident in Jasper is that it will happen again, and again, and again.

    • iann11 on said:

      That is some of the DUMBEST CRAP, I’ve ever heard!!!!! Who still uses the word Negro today??? And your thinking about black people and intergration, is so backwards, I just can’t believe sill think like this in the year 2014! God bless your soul Raleigh, because you need prayer!!!!!!

      • iann11 on said:

        I’ve read and read plenty about my history, thank you very much. But I do believe in living in the now and present. Let go of all of those ugly OLD ideas and thoughts of the past, and live today and find that REAL joy that we all can have! Everybody can have!!!!!

  12. redbone1954 on said:

    This is just unbelievable. I cannot believe that after the condition that they found his body in they did not think this was a homicide? I am glad that the justice departmnt is involved becuse here we go again with some BS being passed on with the local law enforcement not doing a damn thing SMH

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