News Worms
News Worms

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.


editors' picks

March 06, 2017
Cuomo launches NY-Israel economic commission
Cuomo toured Yad Vashem and then took part in a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance with President Reuven Rivlin. Rivlin added: "The same appreciation goes to President Trump, who condemned the recent attacks".

March 06, 2017
16 govt troops killed near Libya's Oil Crescent
Rival armed factions are fighting for control over crucial oil terminals in the east of Libya. The BDB are partly made up of fighters who fled Benghazi as the LNA advanced.

March 06, 2017
WBA presents personalized belt to Thurman
Waiting a couple months to see who wins Brook-Spence is the best option, in my view, unless a fight with Pacquiao could be made. And though welterweight is a competitive division, there are roadblocks to making different fights right now.

March 06, 2017
Alshon Jeffery, Bears talking, "more than open" to new deal
It's like walking into a store right now at this time of year and there are no price tags. "He's coming along fast". So I think. getting back and indoctrinated in what we are doing - you know, he's got a new quarterback as well.

March 06, 2017
SNL Imagines Jeff Sessions As Forrest Gump And It Is Incredible
As the sketch continued, McKinnon seemed to be on the verge of breaking with almost every new line, but managed to keep her laughter in check.

March 06, 2017
Erdogan compares Germany's actions to those of 'Nazi period'
A defiant Erdogan said he could travel to Germany himself to rally support for the constitutional changes to grant him greater power.

March 06, 2017
U.S. to temporarily suspend premium processing of H-1B from April 3
It also said it will now, "Prioritize adjudication of H-1B extension of status cases that are nearing the 240 day mark". H-1B visas are particularly used by the tech industry, and Silicon Valley companies will likely be hit by the change.

March 06, 2017
Uber used 'Greyball' tool to evade regulators?
Critics particularly have referenced Uber's "God View", a tool that lets the company spy on people's physical locations. Uber takes advantage of Greyball in US cities as well, including Boston and Las Vegas.

March 05, 2017
Despite Trump promises, Keystone pipeline won't have to use American steel
Sanders said it would be hard to do an about-face on Keystone because it's already under construction and the steel has been acquired.

March 05, 2017
EPA withdraws Obama-era request for data on oil, natural gas
Climate scientists are still working to understand how methane emissions fit into the overall climate change puzzle. With decreased funding, the agency is set to trim down the number of employees by a quarter.