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Family wants answers about Muslim teen's death in Lake Stevens

18-year-old Ben Keita vanished in November. In January, his body was found hanging from a tree near his home in Lake Stevens. Now his family wants the FBI to investigate his death. (Photo: Center for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR))

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. -- The family of an African-American Muslim teenager found hanging from a tree near his home in Lake Stevens wants the FBI to investigate his death.

The body of 18-year-old Ben Keita was found in January after he vanished in November.

His family says several questions remain after the medial examiner changes the manner of death from suicide to undetermined.

"Ben was very happy young man," the teen's father, Ibrahimi Keita. "He was already in the running start program going to Everett Community College. No history of depression or anxiety. any psychological breakdown at all whatsoever."

The family wants anyone who knows about the teen's whereabouts before his death to contact the FBI.

The Lake Stevens Police Department said it found nothing suspicious at the scene and that foul play is not suspected.

The Police Department is closing the case pending the results of some DNA evidence.,


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