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    Family question Worth village officials about investigation into teen's death. Christian Farr reports. (Published Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014)

    A Worth, Ill., family is demanding answers from their local leaders after a teen died after falling from a moving car in November.

    Police say Brittany Wawrzyniak, 18, was attempting to buy prescription drugs from Eric Steven Johnson when she jumped out of the car for an unknown reason.

    Family Seeks Answer's in Teen's Death

    [CHI] Family Seeks Answer's in Teen's Death
    The family of a south suburban teen searched for answers Sunday after the 18-year-old girl was found dead Friday. (Published Monday, Nov 11, 2013)

    But her parents aren't satisfied with the police investigation, and are demanding answers. Tuesday, the victim's family and friends attended a regular board meeting to ask questions.

    "How are we supposed to be confident in this investigation if we were lied to not even 48 hours after our daughter was killed," the victim's mother, Rebecca Tully said.

    Prosecutors Say Teen's Death Was Drug Deal Gone Bad

    [CHI] Prosecutors Say Teen's Death Was Drug Deal Gone Bad
    Officials say Brittany Wawrzyniak, 18, was attempting to buy prescription drugs from Eric Steven Johnson when she jumped out of his car for an unknown reason. Christian Farr reports. (Published Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013)

    Patrick Wawrzyniak says they were told their daughter had drugs in her hand when her body was found, but four months later, he said they heard a different story.

    "The witnesses that dialed were never interviewed, that weren't interviewed for four months, said that they held our daughter's hand until the ambulance came and there were no drugs on the scene," he said.

    Worth officials say police have put hours into the investigation, and that Johnson was charged with a drug offense in the case.

    But her parents say it still doesn't answer the question as to whether she was pushed out of the car.

    The family says they will continue to show up to each meeting until they get answers, but village officials say they can't answer any specific questions until the police investigation is closed.