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Sabine County JP withholding Wright autopsy results, awaiting AG opinion

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Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013 4:15 pm

Sabine County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace James Brasher said on Monday that preliminary autopsy results on the body of Alfred Wright have been turned over to his office from the Jefferson County Morgue. However, Judge Brasher declined to release any details on what was discovered in the autopsy, and he has not ruled on a cause of death of the 28-year-old physical therapist from Jasper.

Judge Brasher said his reason for not releasing any information at this point is because of an ongoing criminal investigation into the death being conducted by the Texas Rangers, and his decision to withhold on ruling on a cause of death is because toxicology results on Wright’s body have not come back from the lab.

KJAS Radio News on Monday afternoon submitted a Texas Open Records Request to Judge Brasher’s office for the preliminary autopsy results, pointing out that the residents of Sabine County and the surrounding area have the right to know information about the case. Judge Brasher said that he has requested an opinion from the Texas Attorney General’s Office, and that he is awaiting their decision before releasing the preliminary autopsy results.

Wright went missing on Thursday, November 7th when his truck reportedly broke down at the CL&M Package Store on Highway 87. According to Sabine County Sheriff Tommy Maddox, witnesses saw Wright take off running alongside the highway.

A massive search was conducted that weekend, and searchers began finding pieces of Wright’s clothing along a barb-wire fence at the end of Coussons Road. However, despite several subsequent searches of the area, there was no sign of Wright.

Wright’s body was finally located on the afternoon of Monday, November 25th, in a wooded area near the intersection of Highway 87 at Coussons Road.