Editor’s note: The feature image showing the likeness of Levi Frady in a rain-filled pit is not real. It is an artist’s rendition based on a detailed description given by Rev. Larry Kelly who found the boy while he was hunting in Dawson Forest on October 23, 1997.
Today marks the 22nd year that four law enforcement agencies have failed to find the person who murdered 11-year-old Levi Frady and dumped his body in a rain-filled pit in Dawson Forest. Levi was shot three times–once in his upper body and twice in the head, according to authorities familiar with the case.
Since I began investigating Levi’s murder more than four years ago, I’ve been told it wasn’t safe for me to keep going back into Dawson Forest. I’ve been threatened with law suits. I’ve been stonewalled and lied to. But, I’ve also been handed envelopes with confidential documents.
As a career investigative journalist, and the former Editor-in-Chief of the Dawson News & Advertiser, I’ve interviewed dozens of law enforcement authorities who would lose their job for talking to me about Levi Frady. The case is still “open” preventing them from discussing it on the record.
I’ve seen grown men cry over the Frady case; a cousin’s heart has never healed, and two grandmother’s hearts are still broken.
One of Levi’s grandmothers keeps asking me, “Who would murder a little boy? He was just so sweet. Why would anyone want to hurt him?” So, I made a promise to her that I would never stop investigating this case. “I hope I get to know who killed my grandson before I die,” she told me. I hope I can fulfill her desire.
It is difficult. Some of my own questions go unanswered.
- Why did Mr. Lynn Payne, a member of Capt. David “Boomer” Bennett’s Drug Task Force, have drugs stashed on an old school bus on his property, which led to the arrest of two young boys after they found the drugs?
- Why did it take GBI 7 years to release a timeline in Levi’s murder?
- Why did Levi’s family take his bicycle home and then put it back?
- Why was the evidence room at the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office in absolute disarray?
- Why was a tan Dodge van, belonging to a suspect questioned in the Frady case, impounded and never seen again?
- Why hasn’t a grand jury been convened given all the new information released on this website?
God tells us to wait
Even though it has been 22 years, the community has had an unwavering faith in God. Their home is in Him. In Psalms 22, God tells the faithful to wait.
St. Matthew 19:13-15
Then were there brought
unto him little children, that
he should put His hands on them,
and pray: and the disciples rebuked
But Jesus said, Suffer little
children and forbid them not
to come unto me: for such is
the Kingdom of Heaven.
And he laid his hands on
them and departed thence.
St. Matthew 9:27-30
And when Jesus departed
thence, two blind men followed
him, crying, and saying, Thou
son of David, have mercy on us.
And when he was come into the house, the blind men came
to him: and Jesus saith unto
them, Believe yet that I am able
to do this? They said unto him,
Then He touched their eyes,
saying, according to your faith
be it unto you.
And their eyes were opened.
The community’s faith in Jesus is as great as the two blind men.
The Bible promises you that God will keep his word.
Pslams 150 2-4
Praise Him for his mighty acts. Praise him with the sound
of the trumpet; praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with
stringed instruments and organs.
His murder leaves those who loved him wondering, what kind of musician would Levi, the man, have been today? Could he have been a great pianist? An inspiring minister? A husband, and a father?
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