Body identified as missing West Lafayette man

Emmanuel Cervantes (Photo Provided/Tyler Gause/Sara Venkman)
Emmanuel Cervantes (Photo Provided/Tyler Gause/Sara Venkman)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The body of a missing West Lafayette man has been found in Illinois.

Fulton County Coroner’s Office confirmed Tuesday that the remains found have been positively identified as Emmanuel Cervantes of West Lafayette, Ind.

Farmington Police Department stated that they responded to a fire early morning on May 15 at the Old School Center in Farmington, Ill. With assistance from the local fire departments the fire was extinguished.

The department was contacted again on the afternoon of May 29 by the owner of the building in reference to a “foul odor” coming from a third floor hallway.

Fire and police crews searched the third floor area. Once debris was removed where the odor was coming from, responders discovered what appeared to be the remains of a human body.

The Fulton County Coroner said the preliminary autopsy results showed Cervantes died due to “inhalation of smoke and soot within the airways from products of combustion due to the building fire.”

The coroner said there was no evidence of foul play, such as stab or gunshot wounds.

If anyone had contact with Cervantes on or around May 14-15, please call the Fulton County Crime Stoppers at 309-547-3939 or the Illinois Fire Marshall’s Hotline at 800-252-2947.

Cervantes was last seen walking away from the Summer Camp music festival at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Ill. on May 14.

Police said the case is still under investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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