New Allegations in Texas Man's Mysterious Death

A second autopsy commissioned by Alfred Wright's family suggests foul play.
3:00 | 02/27/14

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with new questions about the mysterious death of a young Texas dad. You may remember from earlier in the month local officials insisted Alfred Wright's death was not a homicide. A conclusion questioned by a pathologist hired by the family and ABC's Steve osunsami says there is no evidence that the initial investigation was botched. Reporter: This morning there are explosive new allegations in the case of Alfred Wright, a 28-year-old physical therapist and father of three whose mysterious death shocked families in the small town of jasper, Texas, when he was found dead after being missing for 19 days. Authorities thought it was a drug overdose but now his family isn't believing it. This is one of the worst investigated cases of Texas history. Reporter: In an exclusive interview with ABC news private investigator chuck foreman tells us Wright's family hired him soon after he disappeared and police failed to properly investigate. They have not interviewed the family. They have not searched the truck. They just didn't do the due diligence that you demand from law enforcement. Reporter: And now another turn. Foreman is looking into the possibility that he may have known Cindy had ducks, the adult daughter of the sheriff who worked the case. They knew each other locally from physical therapy work. That is not only thing. There was many other indicators that didn't add up. Reporter: Among them foreman says his search team found Wright's body in the same wooded area police claimed they searched days earlier in what he calls an unnatural position. Then there's the autopsy calling the death an accidental drug overdose and ruling out homicide. Wright's family says he didn't do drugs. It was completely not like Alfred to run from his responsibilities. Reporter: There's the second autopsy commissioned by the family including he sustained serious and gruesome injuries suggesting foul play. When a person is found at 28 years old unclothed in the woods, how could you not treat it as a criminal investigation? Reporter: This morning the sheriff's department tells us they have no one available for comment. For ABC news Steve osunsami, Atlanta. Let's bring in ABC's chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams. Dan, so many questions raised by the pathologist. Local officials turned this over to the state? They tried to. The local district attorney tried to hand it over to the attorney general. The attorney general said premature for us to look at it. I think that's a mistake. There are a lot of questions here about the relationship between the sheriff to various people involved in this story such that four just the sake of the appearance of propriety I think the attorney general should have taken it over. You've got him calling his wife and saying my truck broke down and an hour later his parents come to pick him up at this convenience store. He's not there. From day one they say the authorities say no foul play. They found his clothes, his I.D., his watch and yet the search was still called off after just four days so there are a lot of questions to ask here. On the other hand, there was also a fair amount of information showing some at least odd behavior. Well, no, the authorities -- the local sheriff would say, look, we did an autopsy. We found significant drugs in his system. There's an eyewitness from the convenience store, a clerk from the convenience store who says they saw him putting his cell phone into his sock and then running off. The authorities claim that's consistent with someone who's high on some sort of drugs but the family says, you know, he never took drugs and no evidence of drugs found either. There's also some talk that this might have been a hate crime. Do you see this becoming a civil rights investigation? I see that the justice department keeping the heat on the local authorities, but I don't think this is going to end up in any sort of federal court but they're definitely going to keep an eye on it and I think the attorney general will have to look into it. Thanks. The newly released jailhouse

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