‘He was one in a million’: Loved ones remember missing teen found dead

Family searches for answers of Jeremiah Young's death

BELOIT, Wis. – A Beloit family is left searching for answers after their son was found dead six weeks after he first went missing.

Jeremiah Young, 18, was found dead in Rock River Monday morning, according to officials.


On one of their darkest days, Young’s parents are remembering the bright light he projected.

“He had a beautiful smile and it would just lift your spirits up. You know he was just so happy,” Debra Young, his mother, said.

Young’s parents said their son was one in a million and that he had a smile that lit up a room and a heart that cared deeply for his family and friends.

“He brought so much happiness. When he come around, he would just cheer you up,” Young said.

That’s why they said they were surprised their son never came home. The day Young went missing, he had asked to walk to school instead of getting a ride like usual.

“The only silver lining I could get out of this is that he is no longer suffering. He’s at peace. So many unanswered questions in between now,” Willy Cook, his father, said.

Beloit Police say the preliminary investigation does not indicate anything criminally suspicious. Young’s parents are thinking the opposite as they mourn the loss of their son.

“Jeremiah, he hated water. He wouldn’t,” Young said.

Cook and Young said it took two weeks for detectives to come by the house to get their son’s computer.

“Just a lot of things that wasn’t done. It wasn’t handled. It wasn’t handled right,” Young said.

Young’s parents said that if action was taken sooner, their son might still be here.

“We still don’t have the answer because we really don’t know what happened. So we don’t have the answer,” Young said.

Beloit Police was not available for comment on Tuesday.

A GoFundMe page was started to help family pay for funeral costs.