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Fallen deputies: Friend makes gruesome discovery

Suzette Manuel (left) and Patricia Wallace (right) Suzette Manuel (left) and Patricia Wallace (right)
Part of a gun found by a family friend. Part of a gun found by a family friend.

Reporter: Stephanie Dukes

Disturbing discoveries, unanswered questions: The families of two fallen sheriff's deputies demand they be told the truth.

A family friend makes a gruesome find at the site where two deputies lost their lives. A body part from one and a piece of the other's gun. Now, the families wonder what else investigators are missing and why they're being left in the dark.

"If it was your child, you would pull up every inch of this grass. You'd find everything to make sure he was whole," cries Patricia Wallace.

Wallace and Suzette Manuel visit the place their loved ones died in the wee hours of a November morning. They're here because of a shared frustration. Suzette says rumors about why her husband died are numerous, but facts from the sheriff's office are few. "Donta left three children, and it's hard to explain to them what happened when you don't know the truth."

Patricia tells Fox 29 the sheriff's second in command visited Patricia last week to update her on the investigation of her son's death. But, she's says, she's not getting enough answers. "I know what they go though, and I want them to do a thorough investigation, but they should have appointed someone to keep us informed of the information as they receive it."

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says his heart goes out to the family, but says there's only so much information that investigators can legally reveal right now. "Even though they are family, they're still not investigators. They're not part of the investigation. We tell them as much as we can. This investigation will be complete; it will be factual, and we will leave no stone unturned."

Investigators say once the report is ready to send to the state attorney's office, it could total more than 500 pages. Still, the deputies' families say they shouldn't have to wait for the details to be released to the public. "I'm part of your family you said. If I'm a part of the family, treat me like a family member not a stranger."

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