(INDIANAPOLIS) - After initially saying that a body found in a pond Friday was not that of missing 22-year-old Joshua Swalls, the Marion County coroner's office now says they have reason to believe that it may be.
Alfarena Ballew, the chief deputy coroner, issued the following statement Saturday afternoon:
After additional information discovered at autopsy this morning, our office has reason to believe that the person found at 65th and Keystone may be the missing person Joshua Swalls. Confirmation of identity will be achieved using forensic dental comparison. We are working with the family to gather the necessary information for this process. We hope to have positive identification completed by the end of the week.
On Saturday, the family issued the following statement:
Our son, Joshua Swalls, was last seen on Nov. 3, 2012. After several searches by family and friends and five searches with volunteers from the community, Joshua was found yesterday, Nov. 23, 2012 in the retention pond near 65th & Keystone Ave., Indianapolis, IN.
The outpouring of support, thoughts and prayers from the community, and even around the world, through the searches, our Facebook page, website and Twitter has been tremendous and appreciated far more than each individual person could possibly know. We would like to take this opportunity to send them our deepest and most heartfelt thanks in giving of themselves to help us find our son.
As a family, we ask for some time alone to process what has happened, not only in the last 24 hours, but in the last 21 days as well. All of our energies and thoughts have been focused on bringing our son home, searching from sunrise to sunset in areas we never imagined we would be and talking to people we would probably have never met otherwise. We will announce funeral arrangements and other services for Joshua next week.
A benefit account has been set up in Joshua's name at Key Bank. Donations can be made at any Key Bank location in the Indianapolis-area by asking the teller to add the donation to the Josh Swalls Beneveolent Account. Outside of the Indianapolis-area, donations can be sent to Josh Swalls Benevolent Account, Key Bank, 4404 E. 10th St, Indianapolis, IN 46201.
Joshua's immediate family includes his mother Theresa Lueder and her husband Kevin, his father Dan Swalls and his wife Shannon, his brother Justin Swalls and his sisters Christina Wisneski and Ciera Nail.
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