Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe mysterious death of Muslim teen found hanged in woods

The death was first ruled a suicide, but the Snohomish County medical examiner this week changed the manner of death to "undetermined".

Original story: The country's largest Muslim civil rights organization has called for an FBI investigation into the death of a black Muslim teen who was found hanging from a tree near his home in Lake Stevens, Washington, in January. His body was found more than a month later. Keita was a gifted high school student who was allowed to take college courses while still in his senior year.

Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is planning to investigate the young adult's death at the request of the family who believe that their son may have been the victim of a violent crime. When the medical examiner labeled his death a suicide, the family was outraged and concerned because he had no history of depression or anxiety and seemed happy before his disappearance.

Keita's parents have asked the FBI to investigate their son's death and told local news that the 18-year-old did not have a history of mental illness. He was discovered in the woods by passers-by last month in the city of Lake Stevens, where the family lives.

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The family has complaints about the initial investigation as well, saying that there were several of Keita's coworkers that were not questioned by police in addition to several other concerns.

However, the medical examiner cited two reasons for the change in the recent ruling: one, a K-9 unit searched the same area weeks earlier and did not find Keita's body; and two, that the rope from which Keita hung from was tied 50 feet high in the tree.

Keita's family is asking anyone with information in the case to come forward.

"He was planning to graduate this year from Lake Stevens High School", his father, Ibrahim Keita, said Tuesday at a news conference hosted by the Council of American-Islamic Relations.

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"We are careful not to rush to judgment", said the Rev. Kele Brown, of the Plymouth Congregational Church in Seattle.

The head of CAIR Washington related that the police said they were minors and their parents' permission was needed, but that they didn't hesitate to interview another Muslim child upon suspicion Keita might have joined a foreign group.

"Ben was a happy young man", Ibrahima Keita told Q13 FOX.

"At this point, the investigation has not uncovered any indication of a criminal act, but we are asking the community to help shed light on Ben's death".

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