25-year-old Rasheem Ryelle Carter was last seen on October 2 outside of a Super 8 Hotel in Laurel, which lies about a half hour from where he was contracted to work in Taylorsville.
Human remains, believed by the Smith County sheriff to belong to Carter, were found on November 3 in the woods outside Taylorville, CBS42 reports.
“We need to know. We want to know what happened and the reason,” Carter’s cousin Shonda Wright said, per WLBT.
Carter had previously told relatives that he was being threatened by people he knew.
Wright noted that the 25-year-old told his mother on the day of his disappearance that he was specifically concerned about three men who were following him.
“He did speak with his mom Tiffany about a white truck and white males in there threatened to harm him. He did give her the names,” Wright said.
“If anyone knows you know just come forward and let the family know,” Wright continued. “You know we want closure. We deserve closure.”
The remains have been sent to the state crime lab for testing. Carter's mother provided a DNA sample to assist with identification and an autopsy, according to family members.
The family has also created a GoFundMe account to cover the costs of retaining a lawyer and an independent autopsy.
"On October 2, 2022, my nephew, Rasheem Ryelle Carter went missing in Taylorsville, MS under mysterious circumstances," the GoFundMe reads. "On November 2, 2022, my family and I were contacted that Rasheem was found deceased on private property in Taylorsville. Given the nature of his death and the investigation, or lack thereof, my family is trying to retain legal counsel, a private investigator, and an independent autopsy so that we may have a fair chance at attaining justice for Rasheem."