Wickline was critical of police response to a 911 call reporting a disturbance at Legg's apartment the night Hunter went missing.
"If the officer had gotten out of his car the one night and actually done his job and done an investigation on that first call, we would never be in this situation to begin with," Wickline said.
Family friend Debbie Workman, of Charleston, questioned how thoroughly Kareem Hunter's disappearance was being investigated after initial findings were reported.
"For a while there, there was a good run of information, and now it's like it's just gone dry. There's nothing," Workman said. "If he was white, would it be handled any differently up here?"
More than anything, friends and family said they want closure regarding what happened that night. Hunter's parents, Anthony and Linda Hunter, who traveled from Hampton, Va., after he was reported missing, said they were devastated by the news.
The two said they are hopeful for the recovery of Hunter's body.
"I really want them to put a lot of effort into finding my son's body," Linda Hunter said. "I do know each day go by, it makes it harder and harder to find him. I just need to know that they're still looking."
"I'm thankful that people thought enough of him to put a rally together in search of his body," Anthony Hunter said.
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