Autopsy results for RaNiya Wright not released; “could take several weeks,” officials say

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WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCBD) No new details were released about the death investigation of a fifth grade Colleton County student during a news conference at the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office Friday.

The 14th Circuit Solicitor, Duffy Stone, the Colleton County Sheriff, R.A. Strickland, and the Colleton County Coroner, Richard Harvey held a news conference Friday after an autopsy was performed on RaNiya Wright, 10.

Wright died Wednesday after being involved in a school fight at Forest Hills Elementary School. Her autopsy was performed Friday morning at the Medical University of South Florida, however, the results of the autopsy are not in, according to Solicitor Stone.

Test results were taken by the pathologist at MUSC, that test, the results of that test are not in, we do not have the at this time, and we do not expect them for several weeks, Stone said.

Stone said they will not release the results or any details until the investigation is complete. Once it is complete, he said they will notify the family first and then the public.

Sheriff Strickland said the Sheriff’s office is nowhere near a conclusion on this investigation. He said the department is no rush and it may take several weeks before closing this case.

“We do not have a time table for the conclusion of this investigation,” Strickland said. We expect some aspects to take several weeks. We will do whatever is necessary and take as much time as necessary to ensure a thorough investigation.

No results and no updates were given during the investigation. Questions were not allowed to be asked either.

“Unfortunately, at this time we cannot take any questions,” Stone said.

The community’s frustration is growing as they wait for answers to their many questions.

Where was the teacher? Shawnya Mitchell asked. Where was anyone that should have been supervising these children? How did this happen?

Officials say they are asking for everyone to remain patient as they continue their investigation.

We want to give the public as much information as possible, however, it is important that everyone remember that all conclusions should be held until all of the investigation has concluded and all of the test results are in, Stone said.

Stone also said that he does not know if any criminal charges will be brought forward in this case. This is an ongoing investigation, so please check back for updates.

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