Investigators respond to Dreamland Lake in Fairview Park in Decatur on Thursday. 

DECATUR — Dominic Walker, the 16-year-old from Mattoon who went missing from Decatur on Saturday, died from drowning, according to the Macon County Coroner’s Office.

An autopsy revealed no evidence of assault, strangulation, blunt trauma or tumor, Macon County Coroner Michael Day said in a statement. 

Adam Walker and Dominic Walker

Dominic Walker and his father Adam Walker took this photo when the pair saw a movie together last year. 

Dominic's body was found by a youth fishing at Dreamland Lake in Fairview Park on Thursday evening, Day said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:40 p.m.

Police had closed Fairview Park about 5:50 p.m. Thursday and pulled a body from the water, but authorities did not confirm his identity until Friday. 

Day said Dominic had been taken to McLean County for a "lengthy and involved post-mortem examination." An inquest is pending. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Dominic's family," Day said. 

Dominic, who police said was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD, was last seen at his father's house in Decatur at 3 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Police on Sunday first announced that he was missing and sought the public's help.

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Decatur police detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said this week that 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.

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.

This story will be updated. 

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