BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) -- Friends and family of Noah Graddy have set up a website asking for help to pay for his funeral.
A celebration of life is planned for Graddy on Thursday. It will be held from 3-8 p.m. at Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Home in Rochester.
On Friday, Dodge County Sheriff Jim Jensen said the Medical Examiner's Office confirmed through dental records that a body found Thursday between Kasson and Byron was that of 15-year-old Noah Graddy.
An autopsy conducted Friday morning revealed there was no trauma to the body.
"From these results we are confident that the cause of death was not from homicidal violence," said Sheriff Jensen in a statement to reporters.
Searchers found Graddy's body at about 12 p.m. Thursday on railroad property just off 260th Avenue near County Road 34 near Kasson. Members of the Kasson Police Department, Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Dodge County Sheriff's Office were involved in the search for Graddy. He was reported as missing by his parents and was last seen on Jan. 21 at a residence in Kasson.
Jensen said the case will remain under investigation pending receipt of the final autopsy report. He also added that the Canadian Pacific Railroad is requesting people do not go near the railroad property where the body was found.
The Graddy family released the following statement Friday afternoon:
"The Graddy family would like to send out our heartfelt thanks to everyone that has reached out and supported us during this very difficult time and also for the love and support that we continue to receive.
As we mourn the loss of Noah, we would like to respectfully ask local media outlets to allow us to grieve privately and ask that you direct all media inquires and questions to local law enforcement that handled the investigation.
At this time we will not be releasing any further statements or be speaking out publicly.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in respecting our privacy during this very difficult time."
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