Body found in Everglades identified as missing teen
SOUTH MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Officials have confirmed that the body found in a canal in the Florida Everglades Wednesday night is that of a once missing 18-year-old teenager.
Authorities made the gruesome discovery at about 10:30 p.m., in a canal. Just before 11 a.m., Thursday, the Miami-Dade Police Department Homicide Bureau identified the body as that of Jesus Trejo. Trejo's father also confirmed the tragic information to 7News. Police will now investigate his death as a homicide.
Trejo's sister does not know who her brother went out to meet when she last saw him and does not know of anyone who may have had issues with her brother. "I can't believe he's gone," Jazmin Trejo said, through tears. "Especially in a place like that. Who throws someone out there like that to die in the middle of nowhere?"
Miami-Dade Police do believe Trejo was murdered but will not say how we was killed, though friends of the family noted that bullet casings were located near Trejo's body. "Unexpected," said Trejo, wiping the tears from her eyes. "I never thought I was going to loose my brother at such a young age."
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Trejo's blue Honda Civic was found in the area of Ingraham Highway and 232nd Avenue in South Miami-Dade. His body was found a few hours later in a nearby canal. "It's weird," said a friend. "They just found his car, and they found blood, and the shells from gunshots."
Trejo was last seen by his family at around 9 a.m., Tuesday morning. He said he was meeting someone in the Everglades. "He came in the morning and said, 'Hi, how have you been?'" said Trejo's aunt, Angie Rodriguez. "I said, 'What are you going to do?' He said, 'Oh, I have to meet some white boy.' He never showed up again. He never came back home."
Wednesday afternoon, when Trejo never returned, friends and family went searching. Authorities joined them and conducted an intense search in a remote stretch of the Everglades for Trejo from the ground and in the air.
Trejo received his high school diploma in July, and most recently attended classes at the South Dade Adult Skills Center in order to become a mechanic. However, he recently told his sister he wanted to get into business. "I told him, well, if you want to do business, I support you all the way, and I'm happy for you. I'm happy you graduated. That was the last thing I ever told him."
His family is now left to hope police can help them find his killer and bring them some justice. "I always told him you're going to be the one to create a family, and you're going to be happy with it, and I always told him you'll be good to your kids."
If you have any information on who Trejo was going to meet, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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