GLENS FALLS — Police located the body of a young man in woods off Upper Platt Street late Thursday that was determined to be that of a Glens Falls teen who was missing for a week.
The body was determined Friday to be that of 15-year-old Trevor Ellsworth, who had been missing from his Oak Street home since Feb. 15.
Glens Falls Police Detective Lt. Peter Casertino said he was not believed to have been the victim of a crime or any foul play, but an autopsy was conducted Friday at Albany Medical Center to determine cause of death and formally identify him.
Casertino said police had no reason to believe that the body was that of anyone other than Trevor, but his family was devastated by the discovery and had not been up to trying to positively identify him late Thursday.
The autopsy confirmed the death was not suspicious, he said.
Police had earlier said that he had a medical condition that may have played a part in his decision to leave home.
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The body was found in a wooded area by police officers who used surveillance videos to narrow down where the teen had been the day he disappeared.
They knew he had left the Family Dollar store on Dix Avenue around 1 p.m. the day he was last seen, and determined he had walked east on Dix Avenue past the Cooper’s Cave Federal Credit Union branch, but hadn’t gone as far as North Country Janitorial.
“We knew he didn’t go past a certain area,” Casertino said.
Casertino said Glens Falls Police Patrolman John Norton spotted a water bottle in woods near a former stone quarry that led to a further search and the discovery of the teen’s body, with no signs of trauma.
Police and Trevor’s family and friends had been involved in an intensive search effort for a week, with no firm leads until the police discovery Thursday.
He had attended school in Glens Falls, but in recent months had been home-schooled. Loved ones described him as a kind, funny boy.