Los Angeles authorities reported that the body found in a wash near an LA boulevard was positively identified by the family of Elias Rodriguez, the Pacoima teenager who went missing at the beginning of February. Coroners have yet to come up with a cause of death. The authorities believe that the Pacoima teenager went missing during a night of heavy rain. His body has been spotted in the river by a family member.
On Saturday afternoon, at around 1:15 pm, a man spotted a body on a wash located near Los Angeles’s Los Feliz Boulevard. After the authorities had pulled the body from the river, the man identified it as belonging to 14-year-old Elias Rodriguez, the teen who vanished without a trace at the beginning of February.
According to the authorities, the body was found near the 3500 block of W. Los Feliz Boulevard, but they can’t say at the moment if that is the place where the Pacoima teenager was killed. Elias Rodriguez was declared missing on the 17th of February after he didn’t show up at home.
Eyewitness account suggests that the teenager decided to make his way to his grandmother’s house, as his mother did not return his calls. Investigators have discovered that before leaving school, the teenaged borrowed a cell phone from one of his classmates to ask his mother to pick him up.
Seeing that his mother did not answer her cell phone, the Pacoima teenager decided to walk to his grandmother’s house. On the night the teen disappeared, it was raining heavily. The officers from the Los Angeles Police Department declared that the teenager would often cross the canal in order to reach his grandmother’s residence quicker.
The security footage retrieved from Rodriguez’s school shows the teen walking to his grandmother. However, something unexpected happened on the way. Unfortunately, there are no security cameras covered the LA wash area where the teen disappeared.
At the moment, the Los Angeles Police Department has failed to produce any suspects in the disappearance and slaying of the Pacoima teenager. The body was discovered and positively identified by a family member and was later taken to the Coroner’s Office for a post-mortem investigation.
Although the family identified the body, the LAPD is waiting for confirmation from the Coroner’s Office. The cause of death has yet to be revealed. Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles’s Mayor, declared that he will do everything in his power to help Rodriguez’s family.
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