We at the N&O/Chapel Hill News are as frustrated as anyone at the lack of information explaining what happened to Atlas Fraley and why the adults charged with caring for him were not able to do just that. His head football coach Issac Marsh is not answering questions, Chapel Hill High School athletic director Ron Hayes is not returning phone calls, and Orange County EMS spokeswoman Dinah Jeffries has little to say, citing federal law protecting personal medical information.
Still, we're exploring every avenue we can think of to retrieve information.
We've submitted a public records request to Orange County seeking any documents and e-mails among town employees relative to the yet-unexplained death.
We've been interviewing his teammates and outside medical experts, but without knowing the cause of his death from the medical examiner, it's hard to know what to make of what we've learned. We do know that he chose not to eat breakfast before the scrimmage game on the morning of the day he died, and drank only water before and during the game and Gatorade after the game.
The release of Fraley's autopsy and the completion of investigations by the Board of Education, county Emergency Services and his family's lawyer should tell us a lot about why he died and whether anyone could have done anything to save his life. Until then, we don't have much to work with.