IMPERIAL — The Imperial County Coroner’s Office has determined the cause of death for the body found Sunday but is still determining the identity.
As of Tuesday afternoon, it was still under investigation whether the death was considered a suicide. The investigation is being conducted by Imperial police, who declined to comment on the issue Tuesday.
Green said the Coroner’s Office is hoping to confirm the identity by the end of the week. Dental X-rays have been sent off for examination, he said.Authorities have been in contact with the family of the missing teen, but there’s been no official advisement that the found body is him.The body was found by a woman on a property near West Ralph and Clark roads on Sunday, and it was described in the initial call logs as appearing to be that of a teen boy.An email was disseminated to Imperial High School staff Monday advising that the body found Sunday was that of the missing teen, but Imperial Unified School District Lisa Tabarez said Tuesday that the email should have noted that the information was not official.Imperial County Sheriff’s Office and Imperial police officials both stated that there had been no official correspondence with the school district noting that.
However, Tabarez advised that it is true that counseling is being made available to students as well as additional counselors and psychologists from the district’s special education staff and from Imperial County Office of Education.
“Any time information surfaces about this, anyone who knew David continues to think of him and possibly what happened,” she explained. “It’s stressful.”
Many concerned parents have been calling the school district, and Tabarez said regardless of the verification of the identity of the body found, the district wants to provide abundant emotional support for students who have been affected since the teen was reported missing.More than 300 volunteers searched for the teen Saturday, and while it’s believed that the area where the body was found near West Ralph and Clark roads had been searched, that couldn’t be immediately verified.
Private investigator Denise Savastano of LP Solutions Private Investigations helped coordinate the search with Imperial police and the FBI and said the Imperial Police Department has requested a copy of the map from which the search team was working.