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Body of missing Washington County teen found in Kalona Thursday

Colton Allen, 16, found 1 day after being reported missing

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The body of Washington County teenager Colton Allen was located Thursday, June 6, after he was reported missing Wednesday, June 5. Allen was last seen in the 1500 block of Highway 1 in Kalona and found the next day in the same location. The Mid-Prairie School District is offering counseling services for community members and students.
Submitted photo The body of Washington County teenager Colton Allen was located Thursday, June 6, after he was reported missing Wednesday, June 5. Allen was last seen in the 1500 block of Highway 1 in Kalona and found the next day in the same location. The Mid-Prairie School District is offering counseling services for community members and students.

The body of a teenager from Washington County was found deceased on Thursday, June 6, after he was reported missing the day before.

The body of Colton Allen, a student in the Mid-Prairie School District, was found on Thursday at approximately 1:30 p.m. east of the 1500 block of Highway 1, approximately 4.4 miles south of Kalona. Friday morning, The Washington County Sherrif’s office confirmed his body was found in the pond but would not comment on who located the body. Allen was found deceased and more information will be available from the Washington County Sheriff’s office after the completion of the investigation and an autopsy.

The location where Allen was found was the area he was last seen on Wednesday, June 5. The Washington County Sheriff’s office issued a news release asking for assistance in locating Allen and descrbing him as a missing person on Thursday at approximately 12:30 p.m. The release said that Allen had been last seen at a gathering in the 1500 block of Highway 1.

Allen was last seen wearing only a swimsuit on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Reports say he did not have shoes or a shirt on and left his cellphone at the gathering. He was described as 5-feet-7, 185 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

The Mid-Prairie School District provided counselors, administrators, clergy and other support personnel in the high school library Thursday, June 6, until 8 p.m. for those affected by the death, according to their Facebook page. Additional support services were available Friday, June 7, from 9 a.m. until noon.

As of press time, Mid-Prairie School District Superintendent Mark Schneider was unavailable for comment.