Missing South Lake Tahoe boy found dead under fallen tree after storm

A missing 14-year-old boy was found dead under a 50-foot tree that fell during a severe storm in Northern California, police said.

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department has not identified the boy, but friends and neighbors told FOX 40 he was Dejon Smith, a high school freshman.


Police said they believe the boy was struck by the large falling tree Thursday night during the storm.

The teen had been reported missing that same day after he was last seen at his home in the 1100 block of Wildwood Avenue, police said. Officers searched but were unable to find him.

The following day, Friday, a witness told police he and the boy had parted ways in a wooded area in the 3600 block of Rancho Way.

Officers searched the area again but still couldn't find the teenager.

Then on Saturday, police received a report that a body had been found in the same wooded area.

Police went to the area and confirmed that they had found the teenager under the fallen tree.

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