Family members of an Algiers man found dead in a cemetery suspect foul play, and they want investigators to get to the bottom of what they’re calling a murder mystery.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has reaction from family members, and the latest on the investigation.
“It’s heart breaking, its heart breaking,” Dorothy Lee said as she sobbed.
Words cannot describe this mother’s pain.
Her son David lee’s body was found under suspicious circumstances.
The 59-year old left the family’s Algiers home, Thursday January 23 to take a walk.
“And he took that walk, and he never came back and he use to do everything for me everything,” Dorothy Lee added.
Family members say David Lee had a medical condition and was in need of his medication; but they do not believe that had anything to do with his disappearance.
They suspect foul play; because lee had recently become acquainted with what family members describe as unsavory characters.
“I feel that it could be some type of foul play, I feel like that, but we can’t prove that right now,” said sister Joy Lee-Legania.
“My brother would never, never, never leave this house for two days and not call his mom and say mom are you okay, I’m okay,” sister Charlene Lee said. “This is where I am.”
Investigators say Lee was seen the day he went missing at Wal-Mart, located on Gen De Gaulle.
He was seen on security camera video with an acquaintance. Later that day, witnesses say he showed up at a daiquiri shop, located on Behrman.
But it wasn’t until 10-days later that his body was discovered in the Algiers Cemetery, located near his home on Boyd Street.
Lee was partially dressed, his is body full of abrasions, and family members say some $300 dollars had been removed from his wallet.
“It’s hard on this family when you lose somebody as sweet,” the victim’s aunt Gladis Butler said. “They didn’t have to take the money he’d gave them the money.”
“I miss him so much,” Dorothy Lee said while sobbing.
As his family plans a funeral, they’re also calling on investigators to do a deeper probe into this mysterious death.
“It’s a loss, a great loss and he could never be replaced,” Butler said.
NOPD investigators hope to learn more from pending a toxicology report.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Crimestoppers (504) 822-1111.
A memorial service for David Lee is set for Friday, February 7th 2014.
Family and Friends will gather at 10am at Westbank United Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 2401 General Meyer Avenue, New Orleans.