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Body Found In Burned-Out Former High School ID'd



Police say it was the body of an Indiana man that was found inside the burned-out building that once housed Farmington High School.

The building, which had been converted into a religious and community center since the new high school was built, went up in flames on May 15. Exactly two weeks later, a body was found by firefighters on the third floor after the property owner complained of a foul smell.

Farmington officials announced Tuesday that the victim was Emmanuel Cervantes, of West Lafayette, Indiana. The Fulton County Coroner says Cervantes died of smoke inhalation, adding that there was no evidence of stab or gunshot wounds on his body.

Cervantes was last seen alive walking away from Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe the day before the fire.

Investigators are asking for help as they try to find out the cause of the blaze and why Cervantes was in the building at the time. If you have any information, they ask you to call Fulton County Crimestoppers at (309) 547-3939 or the Illinois Fire Marshall's hotline at (800) 252-2947.


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