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Family members say body of missing 13-year-old Darius Swain found

Posted at 10:57 AM, Jul 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-26 12:14:10-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Roughly two days after being reported missing, the body of 13-year-old Darius Swain was found, his mother and aunt told ABC 27.

Swain's aunt, Dawn Burke, said his body was found behind the Walmart on Tennessee Street around midnight Sunday.

The Tallahassee Police Department has not confirmed the information yet, saying it is conducting a death investigation in the 4400 block of West Tennessee Street where a male juvenile was found deceased at midnight.

Investigators are working to positively identify the body and at this time, no foul play is suspected.

Swain was last seen off of West Tennessee Street and Blountstown Highway Friday afternoon. His family says he left walking for the Family Dollar at 2:30 p.m. but never came back.

Search dogs tracked his scent to the nearby Dunkin' Donuts where a search party formed.

Saturday night, family friends and concerned community members searched for the teen who was visiting his father from Sanford; and on Sunday afternoon, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a Missing Child Alert for the missing 13-year-old.

TPD investigators ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident but did not speak with an officer on the scene, to please call TPD at 850-891-4200. They may also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

This is a developing story.