The body of a Long Island boy who was last seen leaving for a run on Tuesday was found in the woods not far from his home, authorities said.
Nickolas Donnelly appears to have committed suicide sometime after leaving his home on Chambord Court in Shoreham, sources tell NBC 4 New York.
Donnelly, 14, was last seen after leaving for a run at about 10 a.m. Tuesday, officials said. His body was found Wednesday morning.
In a statement, the boy's uncle Don Donnelly Jr. said, "My brother Chris and his wife Kristen are waiting for the results from the medical examiner's office and they would like to express their gratitude for all the love and support from the community."
Nickolas "always greeted you with a smile on his face and went out of his way to say hello. He was an excellent student, great athlete in two sports, wrestling and baseball. He had many friends and will be missed by his two brothers, Luke, who is a junior in high school, and Kyle, who is in sixth grade."
Both a police source and the teen's uncle said bullying played no role in the apparent suicide.
A spokesperson for Shoreham-Wading River High School says grief counselors are on duty at the school.