12News has learned that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will be providing assistance to the Texas Rangers in the investigation into the death of Alfred Wright.
The Texas Department of Public Safety announced Friday that the Texas Rangers will tap into the expertise of the FBI in what DPS referred to as "the missing person and questionable death case".
Alfred Wright, 28, of Jasper, was reported missing by his family on November 7 in Hemphill, Texas. His body was found 18 days later on November 25, during a family-led ground search in the same area where he had been reported missing.
Wright was a husband and a father of three. Attorneys for the Wright family say their clients had lost confidence in the Sabine County Sheriff's Office, after that office called the search for Wright off so early, and then his body was found so close to where some of his belongings had been discovered.
So Sabine County Sheriff Tommy Maddox asked that the Texas Rangers become the lead investigators.
A recent online petition also asked for federal investigators to get involved.
This after a preliminary autopsy by the Jefferson County Medical Examiner proved inconclusive when it came to cause of death, and a second autopsy requested by the family and done by a private medical examiner showed there was enough evidence to suspect foul play.
In a statement released Friday, DPS Regional Commander Phillip Steen said, "The Texas Rangers will continue to utilize their expertise and resources as this investigation continues, and they will also be utilizing the expertise of the FBI as needed. The Wright family and the community can be assured that the Texas Rangers are committed to upholding the integrity of this investigation, and the resources of multiple law enforcement agencies are being utilized to determine the facts surrounding this case as soon as possible."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Texas Rangers Office at 936-435-0152 or DPS 24-hour Houston Communications Office at 281-517-1300.