A potential and unusual murder mystery 2,000 miles away has left an Atlanta family with a lot of heartbreaking questions. A Mableton mother is searching for answers about her son's death, including why internal organs were missing from his body.
Ryan Singleton, 24, left metro Atlanta in early July to chase his dream of becoming an actor or model in Hollywood. Instead of dreams coming true, his mother is now living a nightmare, wondering about her son, whose body turned up near one of the most inhospitable places on earth in Death Valley, California.
"He (her son) went to Las Vegas during a weekend visit and got missing in Baker, California on the way back," Iris Flowers told FOX 5'S George Franco.
Ms. Flowers learned joggers discovered Singleton's body on September 21 in the desert near Baker, which is located between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She says she'll never forget the call from police.
"There were no organs," Ms. Flowers said. "He said, 'Ma'am, there were no eyes, there was no heart, there was no lungs, there was no liver, there were no kidneys."
"Right now, there is no cause of death," a spokesman for the San Bernardino County Coroner's Office told FOX 5. "The body was severely decomposed. Animals might have been involved. The case has been sent to the specialized case division because it deserves more attention than we can give it."
Ms. Flowers says she was told the body was mostly intact, but she has questions about what happened.
"I don't know of an animal that comes to a body and just picks out certain parts of the body," said Flowers. "I don't think it was animal activity at all."
Ms. Flowers says Singleton left Atlanta in early July, traveled to Los Angeles in a rented car and drove to New Mexico, Arizona and Las Vegas. She was told his car was found in the Death Valley desert a few miles from Baker. He was last seen at a gas station in Baker in July.
Singleton's body was discovered a month later. Ms. Flowers says a friend of her son will bring his remains back later this week.
The San Bernardino County Coroner's Office did not give a timeline for when they will conclude their investigation.
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