Body Found in Everglades Is Missing 18-Year-Old Jesus Trejo: Miami-Dade Police

Police confirmed a body found in the Everglades is that of Jesus Trejo, 18, who has been missing since Tuesday

Thursday, Sep 5, 2013  |  Updated 5:32 PM EDT
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Miami-Dade Police confirmed Thursday a body found in a remote Everglades canal is that of missing 18-year-old Jesus Trejo. NBC 6's Myriam Masihy spoke with Trejo's sister Jazmin Trejo.

Miami-Dade Police confirmed Thursday a body found in a remote Everglades canal is that of missing 18-year-old Jesus Trejo. NBC 6's Myriam Masihy spoke with Trejo's sister Jazmin Trejo.

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Body Removed From Canal After Search: Miami-Dade Police

Miami-Dade Police divers found and removed the body of an adult man in a canal in a remote part of the county, but police said Wednesday night they cannot confirm if the body is that of a missing 18-year-old they’ve been searching for. Angie Rodriguez spoke about the search for her nephew, Jesus Trejo.

Search Underway for Missing 18-Year-Old Man

Authorities are searching for a missing 18-year-old man in a remote part of Miami-Dade County on Wednesday.
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Miami-Dade Police confirmed Thursday a body found in a remote Everglades canal is that of missing 18-year-old Jesus Trejo.

Authorities conducted an intensive search for Trejo, missing since Tuesday morning, after his vehicle was found on a road in the Everglades in Miami-Dade County.

Divers found and removed the body Wednesday and it was identified after an autopsy by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner, police said.

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Family friends gathered at the teen's home to support the family following the discovery.

"Just for [his mother] to have a lot of strength, because it's going to be hard for her and the sister and the brother," Esmeralda Pesina said.

Trejo was last seen seen at a friend’s home Tuesday, according to Miami-Dade Police.

Investigators said information they gathered led them to the area of Southwest 392nd Street (or Ingraham Highway) and Southwest 232nd Avenue in Homestead, where the teen’s abandoned car was discovered, police said.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Sweetwater Police helped Miami-Dade Police with the search and investigation with K-9’s, air and support personnel, police said.

Divers were able to remove the body from the canal with the assistance of a Sweetwater Police bloodhound and K-9 handler, police said.

Police said the case remain an active homicide investigation.

"Whoever did this, they're going to find you," sister Jazmin Trejo said. "It's a matter of time and patience. That's all we can do, just be patient."

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