Here’s a story that’s stopping folks in their tracks and turning heads. A Seattle-area Black Muslim teenager, Ben Keita, was found hung.
Needless to say, as far as the family is concerned, very little adds up regarding his hanging. According to an autopsy report, the rope used in the hanging was tied to a tree branch at least 30 feet high in a densely wooded area just a few blocks from his home.
Talk about a mystery. To his family, Ben was an ambitious 18-year-old high schooler striving toward medical training. But just like that he up and disappeared in late November. His body was found by a passerby January 9, dangling from a long rope tied to a high branch, reports CNN.
The autopsy report says his body may have been semi-frozen for weeks, consistent with winter, and could have been there the entire time he’d been missing. But his feet were about 2.5 feet off the ground and the area supposedly was previously searched, the report says.
The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office has consistently said he died by hanging, with no other evidence of trauma. But while it initially said the hanging was suicide, in late January it changed the manner of death to “undetermined,” noting the “very high tree branch” and the question of why he wasn’t found sooner.
You probably won’t be surprised that the late teen’s parents have now asked the FBI to step in and investigate.
“It’s been more than a month after the young man was found dead hanging from a tree, and yet there are many questions unanswered and many leads uninvestigated,” said Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the Washington chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which Keita’s family contacted for help.
The Keita family has lived in Lake Stevens, a community of about 30,000 people north of Seattle, for 17 years. Ben Keita had planned to graduate from high school this year and was already taking courses at a community college. He hoped to go to medical school and become a medical examiner, his father, Ibrahima Keita, told reporters this week.
The father said there was no reason for the family to suspect anything was wrong.
But obviously it did. The question is was it foul play or suicide?
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