Authorities are investigating the the mysterious death of Black teenager Quawan “Bobby” Charles, whose body was found in a Louisiana sugar cane field, as a homicide, they said.
The announcement came Saturday after relatives of Charles, 15, and local civil rights groups called for an independent investigation and raised questions about whether his race played a role in how law enforcement officials handled his case so far.
Charles’ body was found on Nov. 3 in a sugar cane field near the village of Loreauville, about 20 miles from his father’s home in Baldwin. His mother first reported him missing on Oct. 30.
A lawyer for the family said last week that it was unclear why officials hadn’t issued an Amber Alert after he disappeared or how he could have drowned — the likely cause of death listed in the autopsy report — when his body was found in shallow