A black 15-year-old boy was found dead in a sugar cane field days after he vanished in Louisiana, according to authorities who are probing his death as a homicide.
The body of Quawan “Bobby” Charles was discovered on Nov. 3 by Iberia Parish sheriff deputies in a creek near Loreauville after his family first notified cops in Baldwin about his disappearance on Oct. 30, sheriff officials said.
Police in Baldwin met with one of the teen’s relatives that day, but failed to issue an alert or to launch a search for him, family members told The Advocate during a protest Saturday calling for answers in the ongoing homicide investigation.
A preliminary autopsy released Friday indicates the teen likely drowned. Injuries to his face occurred post-mortem and were probably caused by animals since he was found in water, a coroner found.
But the teen’s family has commissioned an independent autopsy, the results of which are currently pending, The Advocate reported.