Missing teen found deceased in Rock River


BELOIT - A Beloit teen who was reported missing in November was identified Tuesday as the person found deceased in the Rock River from Dec. 30, according to Beloit police. Jeremiah Young, 18, was first reported missing on Nov. 19 by family after leaving for class at Beloit Memorial High School.

The Rock County Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday afternoon "At this time, there is no suggestion of foul play associated" with Young's death.

Prior to the announcement by the medical examiner's office, Beloit police said Tuesday morning the department's early investigation did "not indicate anything criminally suspicious" occurred.

At the time of Young's disappearance, family told police that Young was without his medication needed for a developmental delay and that Young did not have a history of running away from home.

Beloit police have been investigating Young's disappearance since he was last seen.

"We extend our sincerest condolences to Jeremiah's family and loved ones," the department said.

On Monday at around 7:55 a.m., Beloit police and fire departments responded to a report of a body in the Rock River near the Portland Avenue bridge after a pedestrian called it in to emergency dispatch.

Authorities have yet to name a cause of death and manner of death in the incident, and no information is yet available regarding how long Young was in the river.

Preliminary autopsy results are pending further study and additional testing is underway, according to Rock County Medical Examiner's Office Operations Director Barry Irmen.

Young's death remains under investigation by Beloit police and the Rock County Medical Examiner's Office.

The School District of Beloit sent an email to parents regarding Young's death.

"We are saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to help you and your child," said Interim BMHS Principal Emily Pelz. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Jeremiah's family and friends at this time."

Pelz added, "This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school, especially our students."

The district's student services team is available to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel.

Services are open to all students, Pelz said.

"Please encourage your student to take advantage of these supports," Pelz said. "We also encourage you as parents to access and use our resources. If you would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your child's counselor, school social worker, or school psychologist."

BMHS Student Services:

.Tyree Gamble: 608-361-3021

.Angela Snow: 608-361-3028

.Trudy Hart: 608-361-3026

.Erin Wolf: 608-361-3017

.Shylow Prewit: 608-361-3201

.Janet Kent: 608- 361-3202