Police: Missing Newtown Square 8th Grader Found Dead

NEWTOWN SQUARE - It was a tragic end to the search for a missing 13-year-old. Cayman Naib's body was found by Darby Creek late Sunday morning by a canine team with the Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue. At this time, there's no word on the cause of death.

"He could have fallen. It's very snow covered-- it was very treacherous back there. He was covered with snow. There was a high probability of slippage back there and the heights change dramatically in places," said Mark Hopkins with Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue.

Hundreds of somber students and parents gather at the Shipley School to remember the friend and fellow classmate on Sunday night.

"He was an extraordinary young man. Thoughtful, bright he was fun loving. He made a difference in peoples' lives," said Head of the Shipley School Steve Piltch. 

Cayman Naib,13, of Newtown Square, was reported missing around 6:30 p.m. last Wednesday after he became upset over a school email. Cayman was an 8th grade student at the Shipley School. According to police, his phone and laptop were left behind.

"There was no planning he left glasses so he's wearing contacts doesn't have any additional clothes as far as we can tell didn't take a backpack. The fact that he left his wallet with money in it is pretty disturbing," Cayman's father, Farid Naib, told FOX 29 on Friday.

As severe weather set in the search became frantic. Hundreds of volunteers pitched in. Volunteer K9 search and rescue teams fanned out around the picturesque land around the family's Harrison Drive home hoping for a clue beneath the fresh snow.

The family released a statement on the search Facebook page on Sunday,

"It is with a heavy heart that we share news that the family has just learned through the search and rescue team and local law enforcement that Cayman has been found deceased. Please understand that the family is still processing and struggling with this most recent news but that they would like to thank all of the thousands of people over the last five days – friends, family, community, law enforcement, local, county, and federal, search and rescue, fire departments, the school communities, especially Shipley and Episcopal Academy, and even perfect strangers – who have come together to support the family to find Cayman."

The investigation remains ongoing.

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