Maryland Official Calls for New Investigation Into Death of 19-Year-Old Black Man Found Hanging from Tree in 1986

Keith Warren, 19, was getting ready to go to college when he was found hanging from a tree in Maryland in 1986. His death was quickly ruled a suicide

The sister of a young Black man who was found hanging from a tree in Silver Spring, Maryland, in 1986 has called for a new look into his death for years. Recently, Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Reimer joined her.

Thirty-five years ago, police found the body of 19-year-old Keith Warren in a wooded area that has since been developed. His death was ruled a suicide, but his family doesn’t believe he took his own life.

Keith Warren, 19
Keith’s sister, Sherri Warren, has long argued that her brother died as a result of a homicide.
On April 14, Montgomery County Councilman Hans Riemer wrote a letter to the county executive, calling for an independent investigation into Keith’s death

“He was very quiet. He’s an introvert, but he was loveable, he was likeable, he was loyal,” Sherri Warren said. Her brother was getting ready to go to college.

Sherri Warren said there were inconsistencies with the investigation, a rush to judgment and no autopsy. The family wants the case to be reclassified as an undetermined death.

Sherri said Keith (far left) was a likeable introvert. He is pictured above along with his mother, Mary (center), and his sister

“It’s frustrating. It’s aggravating. Again, I’m fighting justice for justice,” Sherri Warren said.

Since Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer has also called for an independent review, there may be new hope for the case.

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SOURCE: NBC Washington, Darcy Spencer