Body found in Levy identified

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer


A half-buried body found in the woods at the Gulf Hammock Hunting Club Friday afternoon by two area hunters has been confirmed to be that of University of Florida student Christian Aguilar.

"The medical examiner positively identified the remains through dental records," said Gainesville Police Department Public Information Officer Ben Tobias Tuesday afternoon.

Police have not released information of how he died.

Aguilar, 18, of Gainesville, went missing Sept. 20, after last being seen at a Best Buy store in Gainesville with friend Pedro Bravo, who is now being held in the Alachua County jail in connection with Aguilar's disappearance and murder, according to Tobias.

Bravo, also 18, was a high school friend of Aguilar's. Tobias said Bravo was the first to report Aguilar missing. Bravo later told police he had been in a fight with Aguilar, beating him unconscious and then later pushing his body out of the car at an undisclosed location.

Police found blood in Bravo's SUV and a backpack of Aguilar's in a closet at Bravo's apartment. They also found that Bravo had recently purchased duct tape and a shovel. He was arrested and charged with kidnapping and murder and is being held without bail.

For weeks, hundreds of law enforcement personnel, family, friends and volunteers combed through parts of west and south Gainesville hoping to find Aguilar.  Gov. Rick Scott even came to one of the staging areas at one point in the search.

About 100 people attended a memorial service for the teen Monday night in Gainesville.