Police have sealed off a churchyard after the body of a missing 15-year-old boy was found by a member of the public.
Elido Vargas disappeared from his home on Tuesday and his body was discovered yesterday lunchtime at St John the Evangelist’s Church in Burgess Hill, Sussex.
The teenager had told his dad at 3.45pm on Tuesday that he was returning to school but he never made it there.
Police have CCTV footage which seems to show him at a local Waitrose store. He hadn’t taken his mobile phone with him.
Elido, from of Burgess Hill, was last seen wearing his Burgess Hill Academy uniform.
A post mortem will be held but at this stage the police are not treating it as a suspicious death.
However detectives will be preparing a file after interviewing his family and friends to build up a picture of the events leading up to the death of the popular schoolboy.
Floral tributes and cards have been laid at the scene and the church is putting on a service for Elido.
Teary-eyed classmates were seen entering the church.
One of his neighbours, who did not want to be named, said "I’ve been here since February and Elido was always very smartly dressed, pleasant and he looked after his younger siblings."
The body has not been formally identified, but police believe it is Elido, and the local coroner has been informed.
Superintendent James Collis, of Sussex Police , said "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Elido at this tragic time.
"We have officers supporting the family at this time and the family have asked for privacy.
"We appreciate all the support from the public who shared our appeals assisting our searching and enquires throughout this heart-breaking case."
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