Missing Marion County teen found dead, deputies say

No foul play suspected in Michael Sparks's death

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor, Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

Michael Sparks.

MARION COUNTY, Fla. - A missing Marion County teenager was found dead Monday, but foul play is not suspected, deputies said.

Michael Sparks had last been seen Wednesday in the 1500 block of Southeast 156th Place Road in Weirsdale, according to officials. 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a missing child alert Monday but later canceled it. Deputies later confirmed that Sparks had been found dead. 

Officials from the Marion County Sheriff's Office said Sparks' uncle saw him at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when he dropped him off at the bus stop to go to school. Sparks did not attend classes at Lake Weir High School that day, officials said.

Posts on a Facebook page created to aid in the search for Sparks said his cellphone last pinged in an area near the University of Central Florida about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday. 

No other details have been released.

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