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City teen's death remains under investigation

March 10th, 2014 10:04 pm by Staff Report

City teen's death remains under investigation

Rescue workers found Jaremy Kazen's body in this retention pond at the Plymouth Ridge apartment complex. (Tony Duncan/Johnson City Press)

Johnson City police continue to investigate circumstances surrounding the death of a teenager who had been reported missing.

On Saturday, the body of 19-year-old Jaremy Taylor Kazen, 268 W. Main St., Apt. 13, was found floating in a retention pond at the Plymouth Ridge Apartments complex at 2560 Plymouth Road.

Kazen’s body was taken to the William L. Jenkins Forensic Center at the Quillen College of Medicine campus, where an autopsy was being conducted on Monday afternoon.

Though police were waiting on the results of the autopsy before reaching any conclusions, Sgt. Kevin Peters of the JCPD’s Criminal Investigation Division said there was, as of yet, no evidence to indicate foul play.

“There’s no outward appearance that there has (been) any foul play,” Peters said. “But we’ll learn more once we get some results through the autopsy. We’re just waiting to hear from them to hear what those results will be.”

Kazen’s body was discovered 23 days after his mother reported him missing to the JCPD. When she filed the missing person’s report on Feb. 13, Kazen’s mother told police her son hadn’t been seen since he left a party on Plymouth Road on Feb. 7.

In a press release sent out Saturday, police said they had found “few credible leads into Kazen’s disappearance or possible whereabouts” during the course of their investigation.

On Saturday evening, a Plymouth Ridge resident noticed a suspicious-looking object floating in the complex’s retention pond and called 911. Police and members of Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Medical Services arrived and, after sending in the EMS Dive Team, discovered the object was a body. Police later identified the body as Kazen from descriptions of his tattoos that his family had previously provided.

Peters said he was unaware of how long the autopsy would take to complete, adding that, with additional testing, the process can take several months.

“I don’t know how long it’s going to take them,” Peters said. “They’ll do what they can (Monday), and then they’ll have to send stuff off for toxicology. Before we get a final result, it goes two to three months, usually.”

The investigation is ongoing.

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