Police find body of missing teen

Mar. 05, 2013 @ 05:31 PM

UPDATED at 5:06 p.m.:

The body of a High Point teen missing for the past two months has been found, and police are ruling the death a homicide.
The body of Dorien Daymon Jackson, 18, of Tangle Lane, was removed from Lake Townsend on Sunday afternoon. Three fishermen found the teen’s body in a section of the lake off Plainfield Road. Greensboro police won’t say how he died.
“We have not released the manner of death because we think that is germane to helping us identify who is responsible for his death,” Susan Danielsen, information officer for the Greensboro Police Department said. “That is where we stand right now, but it is still very early on in the investigation. It is important to us to find out who is responsible and to bring the family some peace.”
Jackson’s older sister, Regina Edwards said her family has been praying for closure.
“We tried to set ourselves up for the worst, but even when the worst came, it was hard to deal with it,” Edwards said. “It’s overwhelming. There’s a lot of anger and a lot of emotions at the moment because we are trying to filter through it all. We are glad that we have him back, as far as his body, so that we can put him to rest respectfully and move on. It was hard to move on with everyday life knowing that he was out there somewhere.”
Edwards said she remembers her 18-year-old brother as a playful young man who had a knack for computers. He was enrolled at Guilford Technical Community College pursuing his GED.
“He was your typical 18-year-old boy. He liked to hang out with his friends and was a silly guy,” Edwards said. “He was one of those technology kids. He knew everything about a computer. He was a genius in his own right.”
Jackson’s family and friends organized search parties to find him after he was reported missing by family members on Jan. 13. He was last seen on Jan. 10, after leaving a friend’s home on Penny Road. In early February, a crew of 15 to 20 divers and law enforcement officials searched for Jackson at the City Lake Park in Jamestown after finding the bike he was last seen on near the lake.
The family was in the process of planning a vigil for Jackson to be held toward the end of the week.
“We wanted to do everything we could to find him. We wanted the community to hear our voice, and we didn’t want him to fade to black,” Edwards said. “We wanted the High Point and Jamestown area to know that we want our family member back.”
Edwards said even though they have the body, the family will continue to push for answers as to what may have happened to Jackson.
“This has given our family closure, as far as where he was. We want answers at this point. We have always wanted answers,” Edwards said. “We are looking for the community and media to be our eyes and ears. We are looking for someone to come forward and give us some information that will lead to what happened to him so that we can put the issue to rest.”
The investigation is being conducted by both Greensboro police and the Guilford County Sheriff’s office.
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A body found last weekend in a lake north of Greensboro has been idenitifed as a High Point teenager missing since the first of the year.
The body removed from the Lake Townsend on Sunday afternoon of March 3 has been identified as 18 year-old Dorien Daymon Jackson of Tangle Lane in High Point, the city of Greensboro reports. The medical examiner has ruled the cause of death to be the result of homicide. Police are not disclosing the manner of death because of the ongoing investigation, the city of Greensboro says.

Jackson was reported missing by family members to the High Point Police Department on Jan. 13..th. He was last seen on Jan. 10.

Some weeks ago, the Guilford County Sheriff's Office spent several days search City Lake between High Point and Jamestown searching for Jackson, but found nothing and called off the search.

The investigation into the body found at Lake Townsend is being conducted jointly by the Greensboro Police Department and Guilford County Sheriff’s Office.

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