DeKalb Investigators Search For Deceased Teen’s Parents

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DeKalb County Sheriff's deputies continue to investigate Wednesday's death of a teenage boy in Crossville.

They have not identified him yet because they have not yet notified his family.

Sheriff Jimmy Harris said that is because investigators can't find the boy's parents.

"At this time we're trying to locate the parents of this juvenile," Harris said.

"He's not from this county so we're working with [other] counties to find a parent or both parents."

Harris said his investigators know the boy's identity, as well as his parents'.

A resident of County Road 1931 in Crossville called 911 Wednesday afternoon to report an unresponsive juvenile.

Deputies and an ambulance went to the house.

"When we arrived we did find a deceased 17 year old male in a bedroom," Harris said.

Investigators said the teen did not live at the house, but stayed there Tuesday night with some other juveniles he knew.

Sheriff Harris said the group held a bonfire there Tuesday evening.

Investigators do not suspect foul play at this time.

"Nothing on the scene appeared out of the ordinary," Harris said.

"We'll let the patholigists determine that."

An autopsy was set for Thursday afternoon.

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