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Federal Bureau of Investigation reviewing case of Muslim teen found hanged in the woods

The FBI is set to launch an investigation into the death of 18-year-old Ben Keita, who was found hanging from a tree near his Lake Stevens home on January 9.

Keita had originally disappeared back in November of previous year, leaving behind his auto, wallet and phone.

The autopsy report says the area is densely wooded, but that the area was reportedly searched before the body's discovery.

"They were really concerned that it was not a comprehensive and diligent effort", he said.

On November 26, his family reported him missing, with Keita having apparently left home early in the morning.

Evidence that has led the Federal Bureau of Investigation to inquire into the death of the young black boy is the fact that he was missing for two months before he was found hanging in the woods.

A search and rescue team had combed the same area with K9 operations on November 30 and December 1, and again with a helicopter search on December 7.

The family has complaints about the initial investigation as well, saying that there were several of Keita's coworkers that were not questioned by police in addition to several other concerns.

Father Ibrahima Keita told local reporters his son was a "very young, happy young man" with "no history of depression, anxiety, any psychological break-down at all".

Keita was a student at Running Start, a college-level program for high school students at Everett Community College and worked at a McDonald's restaurant, police said. "Now those dreams are over". 'We believe that somewhere, someone must know something about this case and we urge people to come forward and contact the police'.

Investigators, besides trying to figure out why he disappeared and was eventually found hanged, are trying to determine why he had stopped going to class and work, police say.

Police said that foul play was not suspected.

In a January 10 autopsy, the medical examiner determined Keita's cause of death as strangulation, apparently as a result of suicide, Kent Patton, a spokesman for the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's office, said in a telephone interview.

The Jan, 26 autopsy report says no alcohol or drugs were found in Keita's body, and it bore no signs of trauma beyond the evidence of hanging. Additionally, the historical precedent for death by hanging for African-Americans is concerning, especially because historically, many lynchings had been ruled as suicide as well.

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