BELLINGHAM, Wash. (CBS/AP) A body has been found in a log pond on the Bellingham, Washington waterfront, but officials have not yet said whether it is the body of missing Western Washington University student Dwight Carter.
Police say the body was found before noon Wednesday by a worker in a small boat in a lagoon on the former Georgia-Pacific property.
Spokesman Mark Young told The Bellingham Herald the body had been in the water for several days.
Police have notified the missing boy's mother about the body, but only as a precaution in case she is contacted by the media, Young told The Seattle Post Intelligencer.
The 18-year-old freshman was last seen leaving a party Sept. 26.
Police say a blank text message was sent from his cell phone to a friend from downtown Bellingham at 2:40 a.m. which is approximately 40 minutes after he left the party and was believed to be heading back to his dorm, reports The Seattle Post Intelligencer.
The Bellingham Herald reports police believe the message was sent from the downtown area.
Police and volunteers continue to search for the teen from Auburn, Wash. who arrived for his freshman year about a week before he went missing.
Anyone with information about the disappearance is urged to call the Bellingham Police Department at 360-778-8835.
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