BLADENBORO — Now that every conceivable, governmental avenue has been exhausted for the investigation into the 2014 hanging death of 17-year-old Lennon Lee Lacy, a petition has been started that points out a number of questions that remain unanswered in the hopes of the investigation being reopened.
Lacy, a West Bladen junior and member of the varisty football team, was found hanging from a swing set in a Bladenboro housing park in the early morning hours of Aug. 29, 2014.
Since then, an autopsy by the N.C. State Medical Examiner’s Office and investigations by the Bladenboro Police Department, Bladen County District Attorney’s Office, State Bureau of Investigation and FBI resulted in the conclusion that no foul play could be found.
The N.C. Chapter of the NAACP has joined the Lacy family in searching for the truth and, several months after the West Bladen student’s death, held a community march in Bladenboro to draw attention to what they thought were errors in the investigation.
The group Tools for Change created an online petition recently that is expected to be sent to the U.S. Department of Justice and it has garnered more than 590 signatures as of Friday morning.
Some of the questions the petition points out include:
— The shoes found on (Lennon Lacy’s) feet at the scene were a size-and-a-half too small. There were no laces and the shoes didn’t belong to him. The Coroner placed the shoes in the body bag but the shoes were missing when the body was brought to the Medical Examiner’s office. What happened to the shoes? Who did the shoes belong to?
— The two belts used to create the noose didn’t belong to Lennon. Lennon was wearing sweatpants with elastic so he didn’t need belts. Who did the belts belong to?
— Why did the investigators refuse to let Bladen County Coroner Hubert Kinlaw photograph the scene and threatened to confiscate his camera if he tried to take photos?
— Why didn’t the local police come to the house, search Lennon’s room, look at his phone, inquire about the clothes he was wearing, the sneakers found on his body or the belts used for the noose during the four days between the discovery of the body and the conclusion of suicide?
— Lennon’s mother smelled bleach on him when identifying his body. A lady of interest to the family, concerning Lennon’s death, was on videotape nervously buying large quantities of bleach at a convenience store around 1:00am on August 28th, 2014. It was also reported by witnesses and social media postings Lennon had been at the home of this lady late in the evening before the hanging. Why was the lady never questioned in the death of Lennon Lacy?
— Lennon’s girlfriend at the time, a 31-year-old Caucasian woman, has publicly stated she had been warned about seeing Lennon. The man who warned her was boyfriend to the woman who brought the bleach and stepfather to the allegedly best friend who said Lennon was planning on killing himself. They all lived together in the trailer behind Lennon’s home. One of the leading investigators on the scene during the morning of the hanging is cousin to the man who told Lennon’s girlfriend to stop seeing him. How come the man was never questioned? Why was the trailer Lennon was at the night before the hanging never searched? Why has the trailer been moved? Where is the trailer home now?
To view the entire petition and list of questions it points out, go online to https://www.change.org/p/fbi-reopen-the-investigation-in-the-death-of-lennon-lacy
Unless new evidence surfaces, there has been no indication by federal, state or local authorities that they intend to reopen the case.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.