Results of a second autopsy in the death investigation of Alfred Wright, 28, of Jasper, show that his death appears to be a homicide.
The preliminary findings were announced Friday at a news conference held at the Bernsen Law Firm.
Houston forensic pathologist Dr. Lee Ann Grossberg said, "I have a high index of suspicion that this is a homicide."
Dr. Grossberg would not give many details, but said she suspects homicide, "based on the circumstances surrounding his death, where his body was found, and the findings of my examination."
Dr. Grossberg said she disagreed with the first autopsy, which showed no evidence of severe trauma. She said based on her findings there was evidence of homicidal violence.
Results of an initial autopsy conducted by officials returned inconclusive, however toxicology results are still pending.
Neither autopsy has yet returned an official cause of death.
The second autopsy by Dr. Grossberg was requested by family members who said the had lost trust in local investigators.
Wright's body was found in a wooded area in Sabine County. He had been missing for three weeks. According to 12News file stories, he was found wearing only his underwear, a sock and a shoe.
Wright was last seen alive in Sabine County on Nov. 7 at a package store in Hemphill. His family became upset when Sabine County sheriff's deputies called off their ground search only 48 hours after Wright was reported missing. A family search party eventually located Wright's body in Sabine County, east of Highway 87. This is off of Coussans Road.
Wright's body was found very close to where some of his belongings had been found during an initial search.