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Cause of death released for missing teenager

Update: 3:53 pm, 5/17/19, Friday

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) -- The McLean County Coroner released a preliminary cause of death for Dominic Walker. His body was pulled from Dreamland Lake Thursday evening after a child found him while he was fishing.

The coroner said he died from drowning. He also said there wasn't any evidence of assault, strangulation, or blunt trauma. 

Update: 11:15 am, 5/17/19, Friday 

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) -- Police have released the following statement regarding the case of Dominic Walker:

The search for missing teenager Dominic Walker has been cancelled. We are saddened to report that Dominic’s body was discovered on 5/16/19 in Dreamland Lake, located in Fairview Park. Although, the Decatur Police put forth great effort and resources into the search, the outcome is not what we prayed for. Currently, the manner and cause of death is still under investigation.

All of us at the Decatur Police Department would like to thank our citizens, media partners and local businesses for their support and cooperation in this investigation. We would also like to thank the following agencies that assisted in the search for Dominic: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Mclean County Emergency Management, Huntington Indiana Police Department, Mattoon Police Department, Mattoon School District, Decatur Park Police, Department of Children and Family Services, Harristown Fire Department and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police.

At this time, we ask that you keep the entire Walker family in your caring thoughts.

Original: 8:00 pm, 5/16/19, Thursday

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) -- The father of missing teenager Dominic Walker confirmed on social media the body pulled from a lake Thursday evening was his son.

Police blocked off Fairview Park near Dreamland Lake earlier in the evening.

Fairview Park is within the area where police have been looking for 16-year old Dominic Walker. He has been missing since he disappeared from his father's house early Saturday morning.

Police say they will release more information later. The family has a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral cost.

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