When Jamiren Crosby was reported missing on Saturday, no one in his family could have imagined the manner in which he'd be found.
Crosby's family said that he'd gone missing sometime late Saturday night into Sunday morning and that they'd been looking for him. They searched for hours on end with no discovery. No one had heard from or seen Crosby until today.
“He was missing since Saturday. We went out looking for him, me and his auntie. We were out searching for like 6 hours,” family member Sunni Broughton said.
“(There was) about 25 of us looking at the park, different parks, the high school,” family member Brittanie Malone said.
Virginia Montgomery was walking her child home from school through Lithonia Community Park when they spotted a blue tarp. Montgomery said that it looked as if someone was laying under the tarp so, she went to inspect it. That's when she found the body of a young man.
According to WSB-TV, DeKalb County police responded to the townhome community on Parkway Trial shortly before 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Moments later, the area was covered in crime tape, with investigators and eventually the medical examiner walking in and out of the brush line behind the townhomes.
With the news spreading throughout the neighborhood, Crosby's family arrived at the scene in hopes that it wouldn't be their child. Sadly, the body of the young man was confirmed to be that of Jamiren Crosby.
“He didn’t deserve that, what happened to him. He didn’t,” Malone said.
Jamiren’s family and classmates are now anxious for answers.
“I’ve never seen anybody laying in the woods like that,” Montgomery said.
Crosby, who was an eighth grader at Lithonia Middle School, is described as a "sweet child" and no one has any idea who could have done this to him.
DeKalb County police said they are still working to determine the boy’s cause of death and a full investigation is underway.