Quanell X hopeful to help family find missing Jasper man

HEMPHILL, TX (KTRE) - East Texas News is continuing to find out new information about the disappearance of an East Texas man.

An activist and Texas equusearch life time member gathered in Hemphill Wednesday night with Alfred Wright's family, friends and co-workers. Quanell X said the family reached out to him in hopes getting help to find Wright who has been missing since November 7.

Just a week ago, Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox told East Texas News that the search for 28-year-old Alfred Wright was still on going. He went on to say though no new evidence has been found indicating Wright is still in Hemphill air searches are still being conducted. But the family feels law enforcement has stopped the search completely.

"We don't think that the sheriff's department should have called the search off, so we're just trying to find whatever resources are available; we're asking for them at this time," Ray Lewis, family friend, said.

Activist Quanell X said the Wrights contacted him and told him how the foot search had stopped. He help a meeting Wednesday night and said the gathering in Hemphill was a way to facilitate the family's needs with Maddox.

Those protesting are hopeful the search will continue and more man power will be used this go round.

"I'm hoping that the sheriff will say since the people of this county have shown concern and they want to find him, and they're willing to volunteer their time, spend some of their own resources, bring in people from the outside to help find Mr. Wright, the least I can do as sheriff is assist them in any capacity I may without compromising the integrity of the investigation," Quanell X said. "Putting boots on the ground, searching the woods where this man's scent was last picked up, where his clothing was found. That's not compromising or jeopardizing the integrity of the investigation."

A leader of Al Sharpton's civil rights organization also came to show support and lend a helping hand in the search.

"Wherever he is, he's out there somewhere," Nathaniel Brown, Galveston Chapter of National Action Network president, said. "The family needs answers, the community needs answers, and we just need closure."

And with very little clues and still no sign of Alfred Wright family and friends are pleading for help.

"Hopefully my help will lead to the finding of Mr. Wright," Quanell X said. "We want to find him wherever he may be. At the end of the day this is about a meeting of the minds to find out what is the best way for the community and this family to have closure about where Mr. Wright is, so now what we're going to do by God's grace is conduct a search."

Quanell X said he's hopeful to get permission from Maddox to conduct a man powered search by foot in Sabine County on Saturday.

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