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.
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.
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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