TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Police in Florida have confirmed that the body found behind a Walmart in Tallahassee is 13-year-old Darius Swain.
Swain, who was in Tallahassee visiting his father and aunt, was last seen on July 23. His family says he left to walk to the Family Dollar store around 2:30 p.m. He never came back.
The teen’s body was found by a civilian around midnight on July 25 in a wooded area behind a Walmart located at 4400 W Tennessee Street.
TPD spokesperson Heather Merritt said, the police department has determined there was no foul play involved.
Now the teen’s family is challenging the TPDs conclusion and looking for answers.
About 15 close relatives and friends stood on the sidewalk outside the Family Dollar where Darius was last seen holding signs that read “Justice For Darius L. Swain,” “We Want Answers!” and “Who Hurt Darius?”
Darius’ father, Derrick Swain, told the Tallahasee Democrat that investigators said his son died from a self-inflicted fatal gunshot wound.
The gun Darius’ uncle James keeps on top of his refrigerator was also missing after Darius went missing.
The next time the gun was spotted is where Darius’ body was found James said police told the family. According to James, there was no round in the chamber and Darius wouldn’t have been able to cock it.
“I don’t understand,” Darius’ father said. “He was such a happy kid. He would never do that.” Swain said his son was looking forward to his upcoming eighth grade year at Sanford Middle School in the fall.