On August 9, 2017, 16-year-old Robert was found dead in a horrific manner by his mother, after having been missing for two days. No information has been found explaining Robert’s disappearance nor the circumstances regarding his death. Desperate to find answers, and to ensure the safety of the community and the family there is an urgent need to pursue additional resources in order to conduct a thorough investigation.
This single mother is facing immediate substantial costs including a private autopsy ($3,000.00), private investigator ($10,000.00), and an attorney ($10,000.00), in addition to the already unexpected funeral costs ($3,500.00). The family is asking for your support to ensure that Robert’s mother can find answers and peacefully lay her son to rest.
No one is ever prepared for a sudden loss of her own child, but the completely unexpected & mysterious death of a her child coupled with the additional cost of a full investigation is staggering.
The circumstances of his death involve a tremendous number of unanswered questions which pose a great threat to our community at large.
With great pain & determination, we ask for your support to seek justice for Robert.
On the afternoon of August 7th, 2017, 16-year-old, Robert Paul Nighswonger, a beloved son, brother & friend of many was discovered missing from his home wearing only his socks & PJ's and possessing no personal items (phone, wallet, ID & keys). His mother called the police & reported him missing that evening when she arrived home. Two days later, his body was horrifically discovered by his mother hanging from the back porch, placed sitting in a chair. Although autopsy results revealed that is time of death had been within the previous 12 hours, the police quickly concluded the death as a suicide stating that he had been dead on the premises since August 7th. This is NOT POSSIBLE.
Search parties thoroughly surveyed the premises of the home and entire surrounding area for Robert several times beginning in the early morning on August 8th.
Even though there is valid, scientific evidence that this was not a suicide, the detectives were not open to proceed with further investigation. This caused his mother to have to proceed with employing a private forensic investigator and other professionals to determine the exact details of Robert's death.
We believe we have not only been the victims of a murder of a family member, but we have also been the victims of negligence by law enforcements. Results from a private autopsy support our claim, showing that the time of Robert's death occurred the night prior to his discovery, contrary to the conclusions of the county Corner.
Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.