Dental records positively identify body of missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar

Police have confirmed that remains found in a wooded stretch of Levy County are Christian Aguilar.

Gainesville police announced Monday that dental records confirmed the body belonged to the 18 year old who had graduated from Doral Academy Preparatory School and was enrolled at the University of Florida, hoping to study biomedical engineering.

But what killed him wasn’t announced. Police said in a statement more tests needed to be done to determine the manner of death.

Police said the Aguilar family had been told about the identification.

Aguilar was last seen Sept. 20, when he went to a Gainesville Best Buy with Pedro Bravo, an 18-year-old friend from Doral Academy enrolled at Santa Fe College.

Arrested four days later, Bravo told police he beat Aguilar and left him bleeding in a parking lot. He said the two had a fight over Aguilar’s girlfriend, whom Bravo dated previously. But searches found nothing.

A body, believed to be Aguilar’s, was found Friday by two hunters at the Gulf Hammock Hunting Club, near Cedar Key, more than an hour outside Gainesville.

Bravo is charged with murder and kidnapping. He was in the Alachua County Jail on Monday, held without bail..

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