Investigators with the Texas rangers have taken over the investigation into the death of a Jasper man who went missing in Hemphill just over two weeks ago.
Alfred Wright's body was found by a family search party Monday afternoon in Sabine County east of Highway 87 off Coussans Road. The 28-year-old husband and father of 3 was last seen alive November 7 at a package store in Hemphill.
Wright's family became upset when Sabine County Sheriff's deputies called off their ground search only 48 hours after Wright went missing. Deputies cited no evidence of foul play in his disappearance.
The family has now asked that state law enforcement take over the death investigation.
Annilia Wright-Mosley remembers the traits she loved most about her brother.
"My brother Alfred was an upstanding man of integrity. He was just a fun individual if you talk to anyone in the community they loved Alfie," said Annilia.
The news of her brother's death was devastating but she says her family finds comfort in knowing new investigators are on the case to find out what really happened to him.
"The Texas Rangers are doing everything they can to get down to the bottom of everything," said Wright-Mosley.
Alfred's body was found Monday afternoon, but was left on scene under a tent overnight because no one was able to touch the body until the Jefferson County Medical Examiner arrived.
Alfred's father stayed in tent just yards away from Alfred's body and remained there until this morning.
The family requested that no local law enforcement take lead in the investigation on how Alfred died because family members say they have lost trust in local investigators.
The family hired attorney Ryan MacLeod. He says the location where the body was found, in such close proximity to where Alfred's belongings were found, raises questions about how the search was conducted by Sabine County Sheriffs Office.