PORTER TOWNSHIP | A 15-year-old Porter Township boy was killed Saturday night in a dirt bike crash about a half mile from his home.
Vincent Canzoneri, of the 600 block of West County Road 100 South, was pronounced dead about 6:15 a.m. Sunday at the scene of the single-vehicle crash.
The boy was reported missing at 3:45 a.m. Sunday by his mother, according to Porter County sheriff's police.
The teen left his home about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. It was initially believed he was going to visit a friend and possibly spend the night.
When Justynne Canzoneri returned home Sunday morning, she confirmed her son had not asked permission to spend the night at a friend's home and called police. County officers checked various trails in the area that the teen was known to ride.
About 5:10 a.m. Sunday, Sgt. Mike Spicer and Officer Derek Cadwell found evidence of a recent crash near 130 S. County Road 600 West.
They located the dirt bike on which Vincent Canzoneri was riding off the road in the brush near a tree, which had been struck.
Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said Vincent was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash from multiple blunt force trauma. The boy appeared to have been dead for between six and 12 hours, Harris said.
No autopsy will be performed. Harris said a routine toxicology test will be run, but there is no evidence drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash or the boy's death.
Harris said the teen was not wearing a helmet, but he did not think that factored in his death because of his injuries.