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GRANGER, Iowa -- An autopsy on a Des Moines teenager found in a Granger pond Thursday has been completed, but officials have not released the results.

Sgt. Brandon Bracelin said the family of 17-year-old Sam Kemp positively identified his body after it was pulled from a pond shortly after noon Thursday.

Kemp was last seen Saturday night when he attended a party at 9888 NW 119th Court. The party was broken up by officers and Kemp left on foot.

Bracelin said a phone was found in a ditch off of Highway 141 Wednesday that Kemp's family believe was his. Kemp's family has been critical of law enforcement agencies' handling of the search.

“That’s what the family wants to know, like how did he get there and why? Did he fall or did someone place him there? So hopefully they get some answers now,” said family friend Calvetta Berry.

Authorities hope the autopsy will provide answers to those crucial questions.

Kemp was junior at Scavo High School in Des Moines.

Click here to donate to the family's online memorial fund. An additional memorial fund has been set up at all metro Banker's Trust locations under the name Sammy Kemp Jr.

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