Missing teen found dead in Cumberland County lake

DOWNE TWP., N.J. - October 7, 2011

A cousin of the victim says his family is devastated by the news that police have located the decomposing body of 19-year-old Khalil Wallace of Woodbine.

A former standout athlete at Millville High and Rowan University, Wallace's remains were found in a lake along Dragston Road in Downe Township where State Police divers returned today looking for evidence.

Wallace was identified by his fingerprints and suffered at least 1 gunshot wound.

"I feel sorry about that cause he was well known around here, so I feel sad about it," Jose Santiage of Woodbine said.

"It's a terrible thing. It's tragic. Everybody loves him and everybody cares. Everybody's still thinking of him," Ebony Rosa of Woodbine said.

Described as the devoted father of an 8 month old daughter, Wallace was last seen on September 20th getting into a van in front of the Dollar Plus Store on Washington Avenue.

His family, gathered at Wallace's home today, mounted an active search for Khalil using Facebook and fliers posted around town.

"Whether it was done out of hate, I don't know. I don't know the whole story but it's a shame. What hurts for me is his family and his little daughter," Woodbine resident John Weldon said.

Wallace's cell phone was found in Philadelphia. When he disappeared he was awaiting trial on drug distribution charges.

State Police say they are tracking down leads and continuing the investigation into who dumped Khalil Wallace in the lake and why.

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