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Body pulled from lake in Alton was missing man

Photo from the scene. (Source: Alton Police Department)

UPDATE: Authorities have released new information regarding a body that was found in Alton on Sunday afternoon.

Alton Police Chief Jonathan Flores said that on Thursday, a missing person's report/welfare concern was filed with Mission police for Elias Barajas, 18.

Flores said that on Saturday they learned that Barajas was last seen in Alton around the area of Mile 5 1/2 Road and Mayberry.

Barajas' body was located Sunday afternoon in a lake in the same area.

We're told an investigation and autopsy are being conducted.

"We're treating this investigation in a serious matter. We are treating the investigation as a homicide, although we still do not know if it is a homicide. It's still in the preliminary stages at this time," said Flores.

According to Mission Fire, their sonar equipment showed the lake was approximately 28 feet deep.

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The Alton Police Department and the Alton Fire Department, along with the Mission Police Department and Mission Fire Department Dive Team, pulled a male body from a lake in Alton on Sunday afternoon.

Authorities said the body was found at a lake on a ranch at Mile 5 ½ Road and Mayberry in Alton.

Police said the body was pulled from the lake around 12:30 p.m. this afternoon.

We’ll continue to keep you up-to-date with the latest information.

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