James Irby, Jr.,'s disappearance during a May 4 traffic stop in Walls, Miss., has baffled his family for the past three months and has drawn the attention of the FBI, and now the DeSoto County NAACP.
Accord to Walls Police, the 55-year-old Memphian ran when they found weed in his car, but Irby's family doesn't buy that.
DeSoto Co. Desoto NAACP President Thomas Plunkett is in Walls on a quest to find answers from the town's new mayor, board of aldermen and new police chief. Ultimately Plunkett and the NAACP chapter would like to find Irby alive, or at least get some closure.
Plunkett said one of the big questions is who is involved in the investigation.
"At this point we don't know exactly what the FBI is doing at this point," he said. "We just don't know the status of any of the investigation. Well we are just going to meet with the Walls alderman, police chief and mayor and find out if we can get some answers to the investigation, and the status of the investigation on Mr. Irby at this time."
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Plunkett said the family has been braced for the worst since the beginning, but is hoping for the best.
"The family is still concerned," he said. "They feel that though we are hopeful, but they are hoping that since Walls P.D. was the last one to see Mr. Irby. They are hopeful that they can give them some concrete information on what may have happened to him."
Mayor Patti Denison and new Police Chief Harris, who was initially appointed interim police chief in July after the Board of Aldermen decided to not reappoint Gary Boisseau, aren't saying much about the meeting with the NAACP; only saying that they are waiting to hear what the DeSoto County NAACP and family members have to say.
They have not given the family any information that was satisfactory to them at this point," Plunkett said. "If there is an ongoing investigation, if the investigation has been completed, what the findings are , that is what the family wants to know. That's what they are concerned about."
Plunkett is meeting with Mayor Denison and the Board of Aldermen at their board meeting Tuesday.
Irby's family is also saying they want to see the video from the May 4 traffic stop.
Irby remains listed as a fugitive from justice.
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