DECATUR— A body found Thursday afternoon in Dreamland Lake in Fairview Park has been identified as Dominic Walker, a 16-year-old from Mattoon who had been missing since Saturday, the Decatur Police Department confirmed in a Facebook post on Friday morning.

The department said the manner and cause of death remain under investigation.

"At this time, we ask that you keep the entire Walker family in your caring thoughts," the department posted to its Facebook page.

The Macon County Coroner's Office said an autopsy was being performed Friday at the McLean County morgue. They expect to release a statement around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Police closed Fairview Park about 5:50 p.m. Thursday. Decatur police, Decatur Park District Police and Decatur Fire Department personnel and other law enforcement agencies were on the scene, along with a police crime scene investigation van.

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Law enforcement agencies respond to Dreamland Lake on Thursday after a youth reported finding a body. Authorities later confirmed they had found Dominic Walker, 16. 

Investigators searched the 6-foot deep pond on the south edge and placed a body in a body bag and transferred it to a gurney. Afterward Macon County Chief Deputy Coroner Dee Coventry and police detective Sgt. David Pruitt spoke with the family her were seated across the pond awaiting word.

Officials would not comment about their investigation at Dreamland Lake on Thursday. They reopened the park and cleared the scene about 7:30 p.m. 

The scooter found at the scene was not related to this investigation, Pruitt said Friday afternoon. 

Police first announced they were searching for Dominic on Sunday morning.

Dominic was last seen between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Saturday at his father Adam Walker's home in the 1000 block of West King Street. He was a sophomore at Mattoon High School. He had been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD, police and Adam Walker said.

Adam Walker told a Herald & Review reporter on Tuesday that Dominic went missing barefoot without his cellphone, tablet, fidget spinner or stress ball, all common items he would not leave behind.

Police detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said police searched Dominic's electronic devices and wooded areas near the location Dominic was last seen.

He said bloodhounds were brought in from Cook County Monday to assist in the search and lead police to no new leads. A special purpose K-9 unit joined the search Tuesday morning, also leading to no new information, Copeland said.

As the search continued Wednesday, officers reviewed surveillance footage from homes and businesses within several blocks of the Decatur home where Dominic was last seen, Copeland said. Police spoke with registered sex offenders in the area and combed through more than 50 abandoned homes and buildings in the area of the 1000 block of West King Street. 

Copeland said they searched cemeteries, parks and bodies of water nearby, as well.

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Decatur police on Wednesday search railroad tracks near the 700 block of North Oakland Avenue, several blocks from the home where Dominic Walker was last seen on West King Street. 

Wednesday afternoon, Decatur police and Harristown search-and-rescue used sonar equipment, west of the dam, to search areas of the Sangamon River. Copeland said the river had been high making the search difficult.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.

Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @KNolenWrites


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