ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — The Arlington teen who went missing days before Christmas was found dead Friday night, police said.
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At approximately 11:44 p.m. Jan. 3, the Arlington Police Department was notified by a city utility crew that workers had located a body in a wooded area in the 7100 block of Webb Ferrell.
Around noon Saturday, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the body as 19-year-old Evan Lacey through fingerprint analysis since his body was so badly decomposed.
The utility crew was searching for a water leak that resident Dean Stephenson called in.
“It’s a little disturbing. I mean, I live right here,” Stephenson said. “His parents, his loved ones… I can’t imagine.”
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In a statement released Jan. 4, Lacey’s family said God had called “His and our angel.”
“It is with much sorrow and heavy hearts that the Lacey family has learned that God has called His and our angel, Evan, to be with him. We greatly appreciate all of the prayers and support that family, community, teachers and all others have provided to our family during this difficult time.
We ask that you allow our family time to grieve considering we just learned of this information within the past hour. Funeral arrangement information will be shared once made this week.”
Lacey’s family reported him missing just after 9 a.m. Dec. 19. He was last seen leaving their residence in the 1500 block of Wolf Creek Drive around 7 a.m. Dec. 17 as he was headed to work.
The teen’s vehicle — a blue 2006 Dodge Magnum — was located the following weekend with blood inside by the Fort Worth Police Department in the 4200 block South Hughes Avenue.
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The teen’s family said funeral arrangement information will be released later this week.