ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Sunday marks the first anniversary of the mysterious death of this Albany boy, 10-year-old Brandon Price.
During our months-long investigation into why there's been no resolution to the case we also found out about an obscure law that may have helped keep Brandon hidden.
Brandon Price was buried in this unmarked grave nearly a year ago. Our investigation uncovered a Division of Family and Children Services report that raised questions about possible abuse.
We are re-evaluating our forensic approach to the case," said Greg Edwards, Dougherty District Attorney.
As that investigation continues…
The Dougherty County School Superintendent believes state lawmakers need to reconsider a mistake he believes may have contributed to Brandon's death.
"I think it was a terrible call," said Dr. David Mosely.
Brandon used to walk the halls of the now shuttered Sylvester Road Elementary School, but two years before his death his grandparents pulled him out and registered him with the state as a home school student.
Local school systems used to get monthly progress reports on home school students.
But in 2012 and 2013, lawmakers changed the law so local systems now can't even keep a list of home schoolers. Parents must register them with the State Department of Education. After that, there is no oversight.
"This was a child that was lost that didn't have to be lost," said Mosely.
Dr. Mosely believes if Brandon had been in school every day, teachers would have noticed problems.
"They would have picked up on it. Our social workers would have gotten involved. We would have gotten DFACS involved," said David Mosely, Dougherty Co. School Superintendent.
We learned DFCS did investigate allegations of maltreatment of Brandon four and a half years earlier. The report ruled those allegations unsubstantiated. The current criminal investigation continues.
"There is no set time for finding the truth," said Greg Edwards.
With no end in sight.