Body found in old Farmington High School identified

By WEEK Producer

June 17, 2014 Updated Jun 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM CDT

FARMINGTON, Ill. – The body found in the burned down Farmington High School building has been identified as 35-year-old Emmanuel Cervantes of West Lafayette, Indiana.

Cervantes was last seen walking away from Three Sister’s Park in Chillicothe the day before the fire at the Old School Center on May 14. Investigators say he had come to Illinois to work at the Summer Camp Musical Festival.

The preliminary autopsy results showed Cervantes died due to inhalation of smoke due to the building fire. Authorities believe he was alive when the building caught fire. No evidence of evidence of fracture, stab wounds or gunshot wounds were found.

Farmington police say the fire department was contacted May 29 by the building’s owner in reference to a foul odor coming from the third floor of the building.

Personnel discovered what appeared to be the remains of a human body among debris on the building’s third floor.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined. Police are still investigating the incident and trying to trace Cervantes' activity prior to his death.

The police are asking anyone who had contact with Cervantes on or about May 14 and 15, 2014, please call the Fulton County Crime Stoppers (309-547-3939) or the Illinois Fire Marshall’s Hotline (800-252-2947).