Family opens investigation into deaths of George sisters, children
June 27, 2017 06:55 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It took days to find them. Vanessa George, 25, her 19-year-old sister Leticia George and three young children's bodies were all found naked and covered in dirt on the Santa Ana Pueblo in January. The Office of the Medical Investigator said their deaths happened due to exposure from the cold temperatures.
The George family was so dissatisfied by the official findings of their daughters' and grandchildren's deaths that they decided to launch their own investigation.
No alcohol or drugs were found in any of the deceased. It was confirmed Vanessa was scraped and bruised, Leticia was six to eight weeks pregnant, and one of the children had scrapes that happened at or around the time of death.
“They just weren’t happy with this investigation. They just don’t feel that the investigation was complete, that what they had found really doesn't seem to make sense, the explanation they've been given,” said family lawyer Calvin Lee Jr.
The family's lawyer says they believe key facts were not considered when officials investigated and determined the cause of death.
“Information on the cell phones demonstrates that there was quite a bit of conversation taking place between a suspect and one of the deceased,” Lee said.
Lee adds the family's private investigator also found one of the sister's autopsy reports showed her brain may have suffered a lack of oxygen before death.
“It does kind of fall in a regular pattern in what we see in many cases involving Native Americans, young people, people who don't have much in the way of financial resources,” Lee said.
Lee, along with the family's spokesperson Shawn Jain, stands with the family believing the investigation wasn't thorough enough. That's why Jain has helped the Georges start a financial campaign to get to the truth, or a conclusion the George’s can accept.
“Funds are needed to really hire an independent forensic pathologist to reexamine the autopsy findings and then to continue the investigation that clockwork began and really make sure that a thorough job is done,” Jain said.
The family plans to hold a formal event for the campaign next month at the six-month mark since the death of Leticia, Vanessa and the three children. View the campaign here.
Updated: June 27, 2017 06:55 PM
Created: June 27, 2017 06:44 PM
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