Mysterious death leaves Johnson County mom searching for answers

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on November 13, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 10:03 PM

KEENE — Nearly two months after a 22-year-old man was mysteriously found dead inside his family home, there are still far more questions than answers surrounding what happened.

On September 10, a family friend of Aaron Preston found his body near the kitchen table of his house.

Preston's mom, Lynne, was away on business.

But now the mother is asking increasingly critical questions about the death. "The numbness is gone, but I feel like Aaron has no one to stand up for him," she told News 8.

When Keene police first starting investigating, the death was deemed suspicious.

Lynne Preston said that when she recently met with detectives — close to 60 days after her Aaron  died — she was told that acquaintances of her son were around the property before, and possibly after, his death.

"We knew there were people in the house, we do know that, and we know who," she said.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner recently ruled that Preston's cause of death was loss of blood "...due to sharp force injury of ear." But it listed the manner of death as "undetermined."

Lynne said answers from police have been few and far between, leading to more questions.

"Was it an accident? Did someone cause those wounds?" she asked.

Police have made no arrests.

An updated police statement was provided to News 8 on Wednesday afternoon, reading in part;

"Based on the evidence, witness statements, involved persons statements, and other facts in the investigation ... there is insufficient evidence to file any criminal charges at this time. The Keene Police Department has put hundreds of man hours into this investigation."

Preston liked to play guitar for fun, and was a bright college student studying science, according to Lynne.

A full report from the medical examiner is expected sometime before the end of the year.

It is believed that Preston may have actually died a few days prior to his body being discovered.

Lynne Preston said at least one key person interviewed in connection to the case has relocated out of the country.

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