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Minor arrested in murder of 17-year-old boy in Loxahatchee

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Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office

(LOXAHATCHEE, FLA) – UPDATE – The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office confirms that a 17-year juvenile has been arrested on first-degree murder charges. The arrest was made one day after the death of a 17-year-old boy from Lantana, Emmanuel Castaneda, was ruled a homicide, according to PBSO.

The suspect, who was born Aug. 2, 2005, was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center in West Palm Beach for processing. Juveniles are not named unless they are charged as an adult.

“Through various interviews, search warrants, and forensic data, probable cause was established for his arrest for First Degree Murder with a firearm and Armed Carjacking,” PBSO said.

The body of a missing teenager from Lantana was found Wednesday, according to Palm Beach County deputies.

Detectives with the violent crimes division said the body of 17-year-old Emmanuel Castaneda Castaneda was found near 120th Avenue and 75th Lane North.

Emmanuel’s mother says he went missing on Saturday night, and then filed a report with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, saying her son went out with a friend who was a “bad influence”.

The death is considered a homicide, and the investigation is ongoing, according to the PBSO.