The coroner’s office Tuesday confirmed that a body found on an island in the Los Angeles River on Saturday in Los Feliz was that of 14-year-old Elias Rodriguez of Sylmar, who had been reported missing.
Rodriguez went missing on the afternoon of Feb. 17 after leaving Cesar Chavez Learning Academies in San Fernando during a powerful rainstorm, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The teen had borrowed someone’s cellphone to call his mother at work to ask if she could pick him up but she missed the call, police said.
Authorities sought public help to find him, and Los Angeles police were joined by the FBI in the search.
The body was found at 1:15 p.m. Saturday on the island near the Golden State Freeway and Los Feliz Boulevard.
—City News Service