A 15-year-old African-American boy murdered in Louisiana

Police are treating the death of a 15-year-old boy from Louisiana, Quawan Charles, as a murder after being found dead in a sugar cane field.

Quawan disappeared from his family home on October 30. A few days later, on November 3, his disfigured body was found in a sugar cane field. Death and disappearance of a teenager caused rumors about racial crimes. Sheriff Tommy Romero does not reveal details of cases yet; he only reports that the boy was caught on surveillance cameras near the place of murder but he was alone.

No arrests have been made, but investigators have allegedly interviewed unidentified people who may have been with Charles before his death.

The Iberia County coroner’s office announced on Friday that drowning was the most likely cause of Charles’ death. But the boy’s face was disfigured, most likely after his death. Evidence of drowning included muddy airway water, “excessively inflated lungs” and water in the nasal sinuses.