A teenager from Blount County, Alabama, had been missing for two weeks. On Christmas night, his family got the grim news that his body was found and that police are investigating his death as a homicide.
Christian Boyle, 18, was found after police received a tip, according to AL.com. Police have not yet elaborated on that tip, but Tim Kent of the Blount County Sheriff's Office did say that after receiving it, they were able to find Boyle’s car and his body.
AL.com reported that Boyle’s father has been ill and up until the day Boyle went missing, December 12, he had been calling regularly to check in on his dad. Boyle loved his father and even had a tattoo dedicated to him. That tattoo features his father's name and birthday: "George Samuel Boyle 6-25-67."
After the teen vanished, his family and friends were frantically trying to reach him.
His mother, Kerry Payne, told WBRC, "I just knew something was wrong. I started texting and calling all of his friends. I knew that it was not normal and I knew that he would let me know if he was ok. I still hoped and prayed that he would come home safe.”
This investigation is pending, and anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Blount County Sheriff's Office at 205-625-4127.
Payne hopes that there will be justice for her son.
"I want them to know that these people deserve to be punished for what they did to our son and if they have a heart they will call the police," she said.
Boyle’s family has set up a GoFundMe.
“As many of you know, our family has suffered a great [loss] this holiday season,” the fundraiser states. “Christian Boyle, at the young age of 18, has recently passed. There was no life insurance, no ways to fund a funeral, and with such unfortunate events we have to ask upon our loved ones for help. Any amount will make a huge difference in our time of need. Thank you for your support.”
[Photo: Blount County Sheriff's Department, GoFundMe]