LOS ANGELES >> A body discovered Saturday in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles is likely that of 14-year-old Elias Rodriguez who went missing in San Fernando during last week’s rainstorms, according to Sgt. Greg Bruce of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Station.
“We have not confirmed it yet (identification), Bruce said around 7 p.m. Saturday, shortly after the coroner arrived.
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The body was found about 1:15 p.m. at 3510 W. Los Feliz Blvd. at the 5 Freeway on “an island of the L.A. River,” according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
An LAFD dive team recovered the body from the Los Angeles River Saturday evening as darkness fell.
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The teen was last seen about 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 leaving Cesar Chavez Learning Academies at 1001 Arroyo Ave. in San Fernando, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Elias 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.
City News Service contributed to this report
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