While the family of 11-year-old Levi Frady sadly mark the 20th Christmas without him, the Forsyth County sheriff investigating the 1997 case said he believes the crime was committed in his jurisdiction.
“Until somebody can produce evidence to the contrary, I do believe a crime occurred in this county,” wrote Forsyth County Sheriff Denny Hendrix in a confidential letter to GBI Director Buddy Nix on Sept. 2, 1998.
It took the Georgia Bureau of Investigation seven years to produce a timeline in Levi Frady’s murder.
The boy’s body was found face-up in a rain-filled pit in Dawson Forest, approximately 19 miles and one county away, from his Forsyth home. He had been shot three times, according to GBI’s timeline. The child allegedly went missing Oct. 22, 1997 while riding his red bicycle. Yet, no one saw him being abducted.
Dawson County law enforcement continue to have jurisdiction in the case. It remains unsolved.
As the sun sets on another Christmas, his family still grieves. Twenty Christmas ornaments remain unhung. Twenty presents are left unopened. A gentle breeze blows through the trees in Levi’s yard, and the last leaves give up their grasp and fall softly to the earth. Levi Frady will not be forgotten — nor will the people who care for Levi give up on finding his killer and exposing all those with knowledge of his murder who lack the courage to come forward.
People have been silent too long.
A professional artist’s rendering of how Levi Frady would look if he had lived to enjoy Christmas 2017.
Photo credit: Headshot Forsyth County Sheriff Denny Hendrix, Forsyth County News, May 12, 2010
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