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Mississippi police killed Dexter Wade with a car, buried him in a penal farm and never told his mother

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Bettersten Wade had been pleading on social media, asking the public to help her find her missing son, who had left with a friend after an argument with her.

But the Jackson, Mississippi police knew what had happened to 37-year-old Dexter Wade the all along while Bettersten and her family were pleading for help in locating him.

Dexter Wade
37-year-old Dexter Wade

On March 5, Bettersten returned home from work and discovered that one of her windows was broken. She told NBC News that she and Dexter argued about it.

Around 7:30 p.m., he left with a friend, she told the outlet.

Several days had passed, and Bettersten had not heard from Dexter. Therefore, on March 14, she called the Jackson Police Department to report him missing.

Bettersten told NBC News that she continuously called and asked for updates, but she was told that there was no new information.

Bettersten said that at first, she was hesitant to report her son missing to Jackson police. She explained that her 62-year-old brother had been killed by a Jackson police officer, who had slammed him to the ground resulting in his death. The officer was convicted of manslaughter. However, the officer is filing an appeal.

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Dexter died the same day he and his mother argued. He was struck by an off-duty corporal along an interstate. The corporal called the police. He was not suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol and was not given field sobriety tests or cited for any traffic violations.

Wade’s death was ruled as an accident.

The coroner said he called Bettersten Wade three days later but had to leave a voicemail.

She told NBC News that the number the coroner called was correct, but she did not recall receiving the message and couldn’t access her cell phone records to verify the call.

The coroner said it was the department’s jurisdiction to perform “proper death notification.”

Meanwhile, Bettersten Wade turned to social media for help in bringing her son home. The coroner followed up with thepolice two weeks later. After being informed that there was no progress, they requested approval to bury him in a pauper’s field at the Hinds County penal farm.

Dexter was buried July 14 in a pauper’s field among other unclaimed bodies.Ashleigh Coleman for NBC News

The request was approved on April 3rd, according to the coroner’s notes reviewed by NBC News. On July 14th, Dexter Wade was laid to rest in the pauper’s field as no family came forward to claim him.

When she finally found her son’s gravesite, Bettersten prayed, wept and apologized to him.Ashleigh Coleman for NBC News

In August, the police finally informed Bettersten Wade in person about the accident and the fate of her son.

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1 COMMENT

  1. They rushed to cover up the “accident” because that cop was under the influence and lied.
    It started out as an DWI auto-ped accident everything done after that was intentional to cover up the DWI.
    They knew what he had done and they knew his family was looking for him but they had to “back their blue” and cover their brother.

    I do believe the medical examiner called but they did not leave that message but that is neither here nor there because it was the police departments job and responsibility to do a face to face notification and that did not happen either because 9x out of 10 that same officer is who is supposed to make those notifications and he was tooooo coward to look that scared hurt worried mother in the face.

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Hi, my name is Gerald Jackson and I am 28-years-old. I was born and raised in Troy, Alabama. I currently reside in North Carolina. I am a Journalist, Influencer, Content Creator, and a Man of Faith! I don't shy away from the truth, always speak my mind, and before I take anything back, I'll add more to it. Follow me on my social media below to keep up with my personal life. LOL!

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