Hanging Death of Black Muslim Teen Doesn’t Make Sense, Says Medical Examiner

Circumstances surrounding teen’s death just don’t make sense.

The body of a Black Muslim teen named Ben M. Keita was found hanging just blocks away from his home near Seattle, WA in a wooded area. His family lived in the area for 17 years. His body was found semi-frozen, still hanging from the tree for 6 weeks, by a passerby on January 9th. Keita had been missing since November 26th. Here’s where the story gets interesting…

Afrer he was reported missing, police reportedly searched the wooded area and couldn’t find him. Keita’s body was hanging 2.5 feet off the ground — no need to look up — from a high tree branch. The tree where is body hanged is 10 feet away from a backyard fence and 12-14 feet from a trail, says reports.

How’d they miss him?

The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office initially ruled the death a suicide, but changed the manner of death to “undetermined,” because they question why he wasn’t found sooner.

Upon investigating his death, it was revealed Keita hadn’t been to school in 3 weeks!

“He was planning to graduate this year from Lake Stevens High School,” his father Ibrahim Keita. “He was already in the Running Start program at Everett Community College and he was dreaming of becoming a medical doctor and work as a medical examiner”.

Why hadn’t the high school or the college he was simultaneously attending reported his absence?

“We don’t track their schedule, and the community college doesn’t do family notifications when a student turns 18 because they’re an adult,” Lake Stevens school spokeswoman Jayme Taylor said.

On November 26, his family reported him missing. Keita apparently left home early in the morning. His wallet, phone and car still were at the home.

“No history of depression, anxiety, any psychological breakdown at all whatsoever. He was a very … happy young man,” his father said, according to CNN affiliate KIRO.

The family has asked the FBI to launch an investigation.

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