Video shows Quawan 'Bobby' Charles leaving home day he was reported missing: Officials

The teenager was found dead days later in a sugar cane field, his family said.

November 17, 2020, 10:44 PM

Footage obtained in the homicide investigation of a missing Black teen shows Quawan "Bobby" Charles leaving a Louisiana home days before he was found dead, police said.

The Baldwin Police Department released the Oct. 30 video, which it said depicts Charles leaving his father's home and getting into a car, Lafayette ABC affiliate KATC reported Tuesday.

PHOTO: Protesters listen to speeches at city hall during the march for justice for 15 year old Quawan Charles who disappeared and was found dead near Loreauville, La., Nov. 14, 2020.
Protesters listen to speeches at city hall during the march for justice for 15 year old Quawan Charles who disappeared and was found dead near Loreauville, La., Nov. 14, 2020.
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Charles' mother reported the 15-year-old missing later that day, a Baldwin police report obtained by ABC News shows.

On Nov. 3, the teen's body was found in a sugar cane field about 20 miles away, in Iberia Parish, his family said.

A graphic photo of his body circulated online last week, drawing attention to the circumstances around his death, which the local sheriff's department deemed "suspicious."

Charles' family has called for answers in his death and have questioned why measures, such as a missing child advisory, were not issued by state police after he was reported missing.

"Our crusade for Quawan 'Bobby' Charles and his family will continue until justice is served," the family's lawyers said in a statement Monday.

PHOTO: 15-year-old Quawan Charles was found dead days after he went missing.
15-year-old Quawan Charles was found dead days after he went missing.
Family of Quawan Charles

The American Civil Liberties Union is also demanding a full, independent investigation into the death, amid what the organization claimed is a "lack of transparency demonstrated by local officials."

Baldwin Assistant Chief Sam Wise told KATC Tuesday that officers didn't think the case met the criteria of an abduction or kidnapping needed to contact state police "because there was no eyewitnesses or no one to say that he had jumped into a vehicle, or someone kidnapped him or beat him and took him into that vehicle."

"There was no signs of a kidnapping or abduction at that time," Wise told the station.

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