(Officials confirm cause of death)…An autopsy on the body found Sunday evening was performed Tuesday.
The results indicate the young male died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head. The weapon was a .22 caliber. Officials say they are checking dental records in an attempt to identify the victim. Evidence points to the fact the victim may be a 14-year-old Imperial teen, missing since August 23rd. Officials, however, say the body was severely decomposed, and a positive identification has not been possible. The day the teen was discovered missing, it was also reported a .22 Caliber rifle was missing from the home. A similar weapon was found near the body discovered at around 5:00 pm Sunday on private property near Ralph Road, close to Clarke Road, north of Imperial. The dental comparisons and other test results are expected to take about a week to be returned. Investigators say they do not want to speculate on anything until the evidence is confirmed.