CLEARLAKE, Calif. – The body of a 17-year-old male who was reported missing on Thursday has been found.
The Clearlake Police Department said the teen's body was found on Friday and identified.
The agency has not formally released the teen's identity, but he's been identified on social media by friends as Matthew Scott.
Det. Ryan Peterson said Clearlake Police officers on Thursday responded to the 12000 block of Lakeshore Drive on a report that the teen was missing.
When officers arrived witnesses told them that he was swimming in the area with friends and that they had last seen him standing in the water near the shoreline of Clear Lake, Peterson said.
At some point, it was discovered that he was no longer in the area and friends and family began to search for him, according to Peterson. After a short search of the area, the juvenile’s mother contacted law enforcement.
Officers responded and began searching for the teenager. Peterson said officers received information that he suffered from mental health disorders as well as epilepsy, and that he had a history of wandering.
Based on the circumstances and proximity to the water, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Division was requested by Clearlake Police and arrived shortly after to assist with a water search. Peterson said a search of the water and surrounding areas yielded no clues as to the teen's whereabouts.
The search resumed on Friday morning, with the Northshore Dive Team responding to assist, Peterson said.
Peterson said divers continued the search in the area where the juvenile was last seen, eventually finding him.
The investigation into the teen's death is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Peterson of the Clearlake Police Department’s Investigations Division at 707-994-8251.