Police Arrest Classmate In Teen's Murder

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Riley County Police said Thursday afternoon that they've arrested a Manhattan High School student for the death of a classmate.

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14-year old Cole Drake is being held at the Geary County Juvenile Detention Facility on a charge of first degree murder for the death of 14-year old Tyler Dowling. Authorities say the two were acquaintances.

Dowling's body was found in a field behind a Manhattan apartment complex Wednesday.

In an exclusive interview with 13 News, Tyler's mother, Angie, said the family is still shocked.

"I still don't believe it's true. I don't know who would do this to such an amazing man," said Angie Dowling, crying over the loss of her son.

"I just want to hug him. He always put a smile on everyone's face. I'm going to miss him," said Tyler's father, Tracie Burnett.

Riley County Police were called to the area near 500 Walters at 5:11 p.m. The 911 caller said there was a male laying in the field and they believed he was injured. A second call came soon after, reporting that the male appeared to not be breathing. Dowling was pronounced dead at the scene.

Riley County police ruled the incident a homicide Thursday morning. Authorities would not comment Thursday on how Dowling was killed.

Watch the morning report

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Anyone with information that could help police, should contact the Investigations Division at (785) 537-2112 ext. 2470; or the Crime Stoppers line at (785) 539-7777 or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

A memorial fund in Tyler's name has been set up at Kansas State Bank, located at 1010 Westloop Pl. Manhattan, KS.

Friends set up a Facebook page to remember Dowling, "R.I.P. Tyler."

Wednesday night's report, before police were releasing any details

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