KEY POINTS

  • The body of Sean Avant Jr. was found along the banks of Bayview Lake outside Birmingham, Alabama, by a fisherman
  • The Jefferson County Coroner's Office confirmed Avant's identity Tuesday following a scheduled autopsy, but have not released the cause of death
  • Avant was reported missing on Thursday after a friend reportedly dropped him off at an unspecified location and he didn't return home

Police on Wednesday were investigating the death of teen whos body was found by a fisherman  along Bayview Lake’s embankment outside Birmingham, Alabama.

The body of Sean Caribe Avant Jr., 18, was found around 12 p.m. Monday. The fisherman told reporters he called the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department because he thought the body matched the description of Avant, who had been reported missing last Thursday.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office confirmed his identity following an autopsy Tuesday. Cause of death was not released.

Sheriff’s Deputy Chief David Agee told reporters Avant’s death was considered a homicide.

Avant was last seen alive on Thursday between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. He had reportedly gotten a ride from a friend who dropped him off but investigators did not say where. His family called police after he failed to return home that evening.

Police said they were unable to locate Avant. Investigators were unable to ping his phone, and the youth was inactive on social media. The family sought the public’s help in locating him during the weekend.

“If you are a father you should feel my pain,” Avant’s father, QuaySean Avant, said. “My kids are my world and I will give my last breath to save them.”

He was wearing a gray hoodie with a tiger on the front, black jeans, and yellow and white Air Jordan sneakers when he disappeared.

Birmingham police and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office asked anyone with information to come forward.

Police Car In this photo, police cars sit on Main Street in Dallas, Texas, on July 7, 2016. Photo: Laura Buckman/AFP/Getty Images