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Teen found dead in creek behind Dallas ISD school

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A Dallas ISD student was found dead in a creek on Tuesday afternoon.

District officials said Javar Smith, 14, skipped school on Monday with another teen and somehow ended up in Five Mile Creek. It's believed the teen jumped into the creek, tried to swim and then drowned.

Five Mile Creek runs behind the Learning Alternative Center for Empowering Youth, which is a DISD alternative school in the Red Bird area of Dallas.

The other teen with the boy reportedly left the scene as the 14-year-old was drowning.

Dallas police said the teen went to a nearby carwash to seek help, but no one was there. He then reportedly went back to the school, where he says he found and told a family member, who didn't believe his story.

Dallas police said the teen then went back to the creek and saw Smith was still struggling.

"It's being reported as an unexplained death until we find out from the Me; however, there were no signs of trauma or any foul play," said Officer Monica Cordova with the Dallas Police Department.

Smith attended the DISD alternative school, Village Fair. Smith's mother reported him missing on Tuesday morning. DISD's Police Chief says the search for the boy only started then -- only after Smith's mother contacted the school looking for her son.

"We got a call from a parent this morning, and as a result of that call, we made contact with a student had information who then was honest and came forward with that information and led us to where the body was," said Chief Craig Miller with the DISP Police Department.

Miller emphasized, however, that no one can assume it's an open-and-shut case of accidental drowning.

"Right now, this is very much an ongoing investigation to try and find people if there are any other witnesses or to find people that someone might have spoken to about this and really to determine whether is just a horrible, tragic accident or it actually could possibly be something different," said Craig Miller.

Miller says his department will be conducting an administrative review. He's not sure if Smith went to school and then left on Monday or simply never showed up.

"The Dallas Police Department does not have any record of a missing child report being done," said Cordova.

Neither does DISD's police department.

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