INVESTIGATORS say they are "working hard to ensure no stone is left unturned" regarding the death of 15-year-old Quawan Charles.
The teen's body was found in a field on November 3 about 25 miles from his Louisiana home.
Who was Quawan Charles?
Charles' family says the teen's death is reminiscent of the 1955 lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi.
Quawan was reported missing on October 30 and the child was found dead four days later.
A GoFundMe page has been launched to help the teen's family and has raised more than $250,000.
Who was Emmett Till?
Mamie Till Mobley weeps at her son’s funeral in Chicago in 1955
Emmett Till was a 14-year-old black boy from Chicago who was brutally murdered while visiting relatives in Mississippi in 1955.
A white store clerk accused him of grabbing her waist and hands, flirting with her and whistling at her.
It was alleged that Roy Bryant, the clerk's husband, and his half brother JW Milam later kidnapped Till and beat him before shooting him in the head.
They would shove his body his mutilated body into the bank of the Tallahatchie River, according to authorities.
Bryant and Milam were acquitted of all charges even though they were identified by a witness, who was black.
Till posthumously became an icon of the civil rights movement.
"Thank you to everyone who has given to Quawan's family in this time of need," the organizer wrote.
"We have seen an incredible outpouring of love from across the globe and your help is giving the family time to grieve without the worry of financial obligations.
"Please continue to share and spread the word. We won't stop until we get #justiceforquawan."
How did the Louisiana teen die?
A preliminary autopsy report by the Iberia Parish coroner said the cause of Charles' death was “likely drowning” and indicated that muddy water had been found in his lungs.
The report indicated he did not have any injuries before his death and the disfiguration of his face was probably caused by “aquatic animals” while he was in the water.
Family members have slammed the claim as "bogus" and have shared a disturbing photo of Charles' horribly disfigured face to prove otherwise.
“His face says different,” cousin Celina Charles told The Washington Post.
Iberia Paris Sheriff Tommy Romero said “any case involving someone found deceased in this manner” is treated as a homicide.
What have police said about his death?
Romero said on November 14 that his office is “working hard to ensure no stone is left unturned."
“I want to assure the public that I, and my team, are doing everything we can, and following every lead, to gather evidence into what happened in the untimely death of Quawan 'Bobby' Charles," said Iberia Parish Sheriff Tommy Romero.
“Any loss of life is a tragedy and that is especially true when it is a young person.
"Although we believe it is important not to compromise any part of our investigation, we are prepared to release some details so that the public can be assured we are not resting in our effort to find the truth."
Romero added: “We want to remind the public that this is an active, ongoing homicide investigation.
"We urge anyone who has any additional information which might aid our investigation to come forward and contact the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-369-3711."
The sheriff said investigators have spoken with at least one witness who reportedly saw Charles before his death in the area where he was later found.
“We have obtained and reviewed video evidence showing Quawan ‘Bobby’ Charles near that area," he said.
“Video evidence indicates no other individuals present with Quawan ‘Bobby’ Charles or anyone else present for some time before, or after, he is seen on the recording."
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