HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - The family of a Huntington man who died nearly 15 years ago is hoping that a second exhumation will provide some answers to looming questions surrounding his death.
Corey Wood died of a gunshot wound to the head, and investigators ruled his death a suicide. However, Corey's family refused to accept that.
The Angelina County Sheriff's Office re-opened the investigation in 2013 after they determined there were too many unanswered questions and a second autopsy that listed the cause of death as undetermined.
There is a now fresh mound of dirt on Corey Wood's grave. His family decided to exhume him a second time to try and find answers to the questions they feel have never been answered about his death.
"Not only did the family have question,s but also the funeral home had some questions, and the investigation had questions," said Darci Holloway, Corey's sister. "We found some new evidence that has to be sent off to an anthropologist to be examined. Then after their report we will know more."
Corey's family refuses to believe he killed himself, but believe something more sinister happened in Corey's Huntington home.
"We've been working hard for 15 years. Every time we'd go to get answers, we would get more questions. So today I believe we've got some answers to some questions," said Holloway. "We're never going to give up. If we don't, the good Lord, he already knows. So we don't have to worry about that. We knew Corey. We know he didn't commit suicide."
Pete Maskunas with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office was at the exhumation Monday. He has been investigating since the sheriff re-opened the case in 2013, and said that he still has a lot of questions that can't be answered because he can't get evidence that wasn't collected 15 year ago.
Corey's family says they think law enforcement botched the initial investigation 15 years ago.
"The original investigation was probably more incompetence or laziness than it should have been, and now we're stuck with questions. If the sheriff's department would have come in and conducted a good investigation, then we wouldn't be sitting here today," Holloway said.
Maskunas said that the Corey Wood investigation is ongoing and open, and he will continue to dig in and try to learn anything he can about what happened to Corey.
"That's all we want is the truth and we won't stop till we get it," Holloway said.