Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Body of Missing Brentwood Teenager Found in Peruque Creek, Family Says

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Body of Missing Brentwood Teenager Found in Peruque Creek, Family Says

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O'FALLON, Mo. * O'Fallon police recovered a body from Peruque Creek on Saturday morning amid a search for a missing Brentwood teen, whose car was found crashed in the area.

O'Fallon police said they would not release further details until the county medical examiner made a positive identification, but Brentwood police and the family of missing 15-year-old Samuel L. Heisel confirmed later Saturday that he had been found dead.

"Sam was a vibrant, loving, funny, smart 15-year-old," the family said in its statement. "He lit up the room with his smile. There are no words to capture how sorely we will miss him." Samuel had been missing since Tuesday, when he reportedly vanished from his home sometime around midnight, according to Brentwood police.

O'Fallon police later found a 2008 Honda Civic crashed into woods near Old Highway 79 and North Main Street in O'Fallon, with suicide notes and Sam's cellphone inside. …

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