Missing Joplin Teen Found Dead

FindWillNorton Facebook page had attracted national attention
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2011 7:54 AM CDT
Will Norton, Teenager Who Went Missing in Joplin Tornado, Found Dead
This undated family photo shows the crushed Hummer Will Norton was driving when a tornado hit Joplin, Mo. on Sunday, May 22, 2011.   (AP Photo/Family Photo)

A charismatic Joplin teenager whose disappearance in Sunday's tornado captured national attention has been found dead, reports CNN. Will Norton was driving home from his high school graduation with his father when the violent storm snapped his seat belt and pulled him through the sunroof of his Hummer H3. His body was found in a pond nearby.

"Mark (Norton's father) said that he reached over and he grabbed Will with both of his arms ... he held on to him until he possibly couldn't anymore and so he's feeling really bad about that because as a dad you don't want to ever let go of your kids. You want to protect them forever. But at least we know that he did absolutely everything he possibly could," said Norton's aunt, Tracey Presslor. A Facebook page, FindWillNorton, attracted 50,000 fans; Norton was also a minor YouTube star who planned on a career in film—check his channel out here. Elsewhere, the death toll in Joplin has hit 139. (Read more Joplin tornado stories.)

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