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16-year-old Colfax student Dante de la Torre found dead


A 16-year-old student at Colfax High School who disappeared Wednesday while working on a school project was found dead just over 24 hours later, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday.Foul play is not considered a factor in Dante de la Torre’s death, the sheriff’s office said.”We offer our condolences to the Delatorre family and Dante’s friends during this unbelievably tragic time,” a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office read.De la Torre was reported missing after visiting the Gold Run rest stop off Interstate 80 to gather soil samples, but he did not return, the sheriff’s office said.The teen went to the rest stop around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was believed to have packed water bottles, a hand towel, small shovel and snow boots.De la Torre was described as Hispanic with brown hair with a buzz cut and brown eyes. He is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.He was last seen wearing a tan jacket, blue sweatshirt, tan pants and brown hiking boots. Anyone with information to share is asked to call 530-886-5375.De la Torre, who is from Auburn, was a student in the International Baccalaureate program at Colfax High School, the Placer Union High School District confirmed. “Colfax High School, along with the entire Placer Union High School District, is heartbroken to learn the passing of Dante de la Torre as reported by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office,” the school district said in a release. “Such tragedies, especially when they involve young people, are very difficult to process.”De la Torre was also on the school’s soccer team. Friends told KCRA 3 he was well-loved by man on campus.The school district said chaplains and additional counselors will be on campus to support students and staff. Crews searched the recreation area Wednesday night and returned Thursday with 40 search and rescue members, including those with police dogs. There are still unanswered questions including how exactly De la Torre died, why he was let out of school during school hours for the project, and why he was alone. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said he will be taken to the coroner for an examination.

A 16-year-old student at Colfax High School who disappeared Wednesday while working on a school project was found dead just over 24 hours later, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday.

Foul play is not considered a factor in Dante de la Torre’s death, the sheriff’s office said.

“We offer our condolences to the Delatorre [sic] family and Dante’s friends during this unbelievably tragic time,” a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office read.

De la Torre was reported missing after visiting the Gold Run rest stop off Interstate 80 to gather soil samples, but he did not return, the sheriff’s office said.

The teen went to the rest stop around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was believed to have packed water bottles, a hand towel, small shovel and snow boots.

De la Torre was described as Hispanic with brown hair with a buzz cut and brown eyes. He is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.

A look at the scene at Gold Run

He was last seen wearing a tan jacket, blue sweatshirt, tan pants and brown hiking boots. Anyone with information to share is asked to call 530-886-5375.

De la Torre, who is from Auburn, was a student in the International Baccalaureate program at Colfax High School, the Placer Union High School District confirmed.

“Colfax High School, along with the entire Placer Union High School District, is heartbroken to learn the passing of Dante de la Torre as reported by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office,” the school district said in a release. “Such tragedies, especially when they involve young people, are very difficult to process.”

De la Torre was also on the school’s soccer team. Friends told KCRA 3 he was well-loved by man on campus.

The school district said chaplains and additional counselors will be on campus to support students and staff.

Crews searched the recreation area Wednesday night and returned Thursday with 40 search and rescue members, including those with police dogs.

There are still unanswered questions including how exactly De la Torre died, why he was let out of school during school hours for the project, and why he was alone. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said he will be taken to the coroner for an examination.