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Missing 8-Year-Old Found Dead

missingboy1NEEDLES:(VVNG.com)- Authorities have launched a death investigation after the body of an 8-year-old autistic missing juvenile was located.

Kanden Lanphear from Needles was reported missing on June 6, 2015 after he was last seen by his father in their home on the 500 block of California Avenue at 7:00 A.M.

At 8:25 A.M., Deputies from the Colorado River Station launched a missing persons investigation.

Deputies from the Colorado River Station in Needles, along with the Sheriff’s helicopter, the Marine Enforcement unit, and Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers began an extensive search of the City of Needles and surrounding areas.

According to a news release, at 11:00 A.M., the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a rural area along the railroad right of way near Yucca, Arizona to investigate a body found near the railroad tracks.

Preliminary investigation from both the Mohave County Sheriff’s detectives and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s detectives indicates the strong possibility the body found in Yucca, Arizona was that of Kaden and that he was struck by a passing train.

Evidence located at Kaden’s home and at the collision sight indicates the possibility that Kaden boarded an eastbound train near his home in Needles and traveled to Yucca until he was able to disembark from the train.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of the body found in Yucca, Arizona and ultimately the identification will be made by their medical examiner.

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