WASHINGTON, May 10 (UPI) -- The Justice Department said Monday it would reopen the investigation into the murder of Emmett Till, a Chicago 14-year-old killed in Mississippi in 1955.
Till's murder was one of the most sensational in the civil rights era. Though those who claimed to have done the murder were acquitted and have died, there is some evidence that others were involved, the department said.
The department said Till was visiting family in Money, Miss., and was kidnapped and murdered after apparently whistling at a white woman.
While the five-year statute of limitations then in existence on federal prosecution has expired, prosecution by Mississippi officials remains possible, the department said.
Roy Bryant and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, were acquitted by an all-male, all-white jury. They subsequently told a magazine journalist how they beat Till, took him to the river, shot him in the head, tied a large metal fan to his neck with barbed wire, and pushed his body into the river.
Milam died in 1980 and Bryant in 1990.