[UPDATED: Body Found in Pond] Will Norton, Joplin Teen Set to Attend Chapman University, Sucked Out of Sunroof During Tornado

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​UPDATE: MAY, 30, 12:37 P.M.: From the Facebook page Help Find Will Norton

I'm sorry to tell you that Will was found but he was not alive. We are grieving deeply. It brightens our lives to know that even in his passing he touched lives.

News accounts state Norton's body was found in a debris-filled pond near the location of the accident. His family received confirmation of his death late Friday. 

According to reports, Norton's seatbelt snapped as the Hummer H3 he was driving flipped. The death toll of the Missouri storm has hit 139.  

ORIGINAL POST, MAY, 25, 8:30 A.M.: A family from Joplin, Mo., pleads for help in finding 18-year-old Will Norton, who was yanked out of the sunroof of an SUV when the deadly tornado hit the city. 

The teen was planning to study film production at Chapman University in the fall, and was on his way home from his high school graduation when the disaster struck. 


Will's father (Mark) attempted to grab onto Will as the windshield and sunroof glass blew out of the Hummer H3 that Will was driving. Will was sucked out of the vehicle as it was picked up and demolished.
 
Mark was later extracted by fire and rescue crews and transported to Freeman Hospital where he is now in stable condition.

There are reports that Norton's name was seen on the ER roster at a local hospital before he was transferred out, however there's no word where may have been transferred to. His family urges the public not to contact the hospitals, but to pass on all leads to findwillnorton@gmail.com or (757) 751-9455. More information on the search can be found on the Facebook page, Find Will Norton.
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wildcat1
wildcat1

May Will be Crowned the Crown of Glory and bestowed the Robe Of Rightness

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jpf92780
jpf92780

Mustang,No hoax, but they need to 'update' this story since yesterday they found his body in a pond near the site of his wrecked vehicle.  Apparently, as you can read online, there was too much debris in the pond that initially hide the body. 

Carol Becker
Carol Becker

I am so, so sorry to hear of Will's death. I had  hoped, as did so many others, that he might be injured and hospitalized. Blessings to the family.

JHeald
JHeald

Sadly Will Norton's body was found this evening.  RIP Will

erikk
erikk

I know most if not all of you leaving comments here are not from the devastated area and have no idea the power of such storms but unless you're living in a vacuum you must have seen or heard something somewhere.  People are certainly entitled to their opinions but when they are mean spirited and based on absolutely nothing you should keep them to yourself.  Over 120 people have been confirmed dead with at leas that many people still missing.  I don't care what your religious beliefs are these are still human beings that have families still looking for them, have a little respect please, we'd do the same for you.   

Multiplemom3@yahoo.com
Multiplemom3@yahoo.com

His destroyed hummer has been found. I hate to suggest it, but I wonder if they looked under the car.

Emily
Emily

The disaster is not a hoax, but perhaps he is safe and using this for publicity...

Millerbeer3
Millerbeer3

I can assure you it is no hoax or act of media attention. His cap and gown were found, his father is still suffering from the injuries, his sister and mom were already home from the graduation ceremony. This poor boy and his family have been suffering as is the entire community, of which I am a part of. His father is in construction and works closely with my brother who is in flooring. I know that the reply will be seen as going to Multiplemom3 but it is really for anyone that would like to keep Will's family in their thoughts. And yes, they've looked under the vehicle.

lillysue
lillysue

So this is your theory: he's on the way home from his high school graduation with his father, he's sucked out of the SUV when they encounter the tornado, he lands somewhere, almost certainly has injuries, doesn't know at the time if his father is dead or alive and his reaction is this:  I think I'll go into hiding so I can get publicity. What kind of sick logic brought you to that conclusion? This kid is from a wealthy family so money isn't a motive. They appear to be a closeknit family which makes his willingness to hurt them not credible. He already has a popular youtube channel so he can't be that desperate for publicity!

Scarlett
Scarlett

Wow u r an idiot. Maybe u should go see all the damage nd fatalities in Joplin Missouri then you'll see ht u r so wrong.The devastation is horrible.

Noway
Noway

honestly, i think you're a douch.

Mark
Mark

Agree. This is clearly a hoax and his desire to be a celebrity is well documented. He likely was not in the Hummer when the Tornado occurred but saw an opportunity to use the situation to generate publicity. Supposedly they were on the way home from graduation but only with the father was attending while the rest of the family was at home? There are far too many details of this story that do not ring true. Urging the public not to contact hospitals sounds like an attempt to minimize any legal issues that could follow when the truth comes out. Exploiting a horrible situation like this for personal gain is repulsive but shallow people with no values will do anything for their 15 minutes of fame.

Forensick16
Forensick16

You think a missing person after a natural disaster is a hoax?

...You must be new here. 

mummybear
mummybear

I'm not concerned about the people who've written terrible things, think about what the family must feel if they should read what is written above about their son. Those that wrote those things about Will look foolish and cruel enough and don't think I can add anything about them.

However I send my most sincere condolences to the Norton family and all those of Joplin that are suffering loss, I pray for those still missing that they may be found alive. Best wishes D. England

Millerbeer3
Millerbeer3

In addition, if you are familiar with HIPPA regulations, you will understand why calling the hosptials would be a futile act--they are not allowed to give out information except to verified family members. By not calling them, you are allowing hospital staff the ability to do their jobs without interference. Hence, the reason to send a private email to a verified family member so that they can travel to the appropriate hospital in hopes that he is among their wounded. It should also be pointed out that although it was reported that he was transfered to a facility, in fact, he was never taken to a facility to begin with. He is missing and we all hope that he is found soon. 

lara
lara

his whole family was at the ceremony, his mother and sister went to go get ready for the party and his dad rode with him. the not calling hospital thing is because every hospital was receiving phone calls every second of the day, having someone call and check a few times in alright, but when hundred upon hundreds are calling its not helping anything. he didnt do the videos on youtube for "fame" and this isnt a hoax... he did the videos because thats what he loved to do, he wanted to be a film artist and he was. i think i would know if this was a scam or not because i was close to him, he was a VERY good friend of mine. I spent hours and hours and hours looking for him and other friends, my home was destroyed aswell and that didnt matter. Even though its almost been a year since youve post this and since the tornado, were still rebuilding and were still heartbroken, but you... youll always be the unthoughtful, down-graded, nothing that no one with feel morn to when you pass away. i hope one day when you lose someone that is special to you, that youll understand what we went through, but atleast you wont have a dipshit saying your friends death is a hoax. honestly... id spit on your grave. You have no reason to call yourself a man because all you are is a soulless individual that probably beats off to all the bad things in the world. so i hope you enjoyed your "15 minutes of fame" because by golly... if i knew who you were, youd be on the missing persons list

lara
lara

fuck you man, hes one of my friends and he did pass away

Jewwl
Jewwl

Are you people honestly that stupid. I mean come on. His father wasn't the only one to attend the ceremony. If you watched the news and what not.... HIS DAD RODE HOME WITH HIM WHILE THE REST WENT AHEAD ! ! ! !

That means they were there but left before Will and Mark.

I cannot believe that you sit here and talk about how an innocent young man is faking his death. You all are just jealous that he had done more in his 18 years of life than any of the rest of you...

Mr Adorable2010
Mr Adorable2010

i know that your comment was a month ago about this hoax with will norton. im sad to say your very wrong. i was in joplin 3 days after the tornado hit working with Samaritans purse cleaning up the debris i am from West Virginia and i worked at the pond that he was found in. this is no hoax and my condolences to his family and friends.  

Margo
Margo

I cannot believe this post. You are a disgusting person! This is an amazing family who suffered a tremendous lose. How in the world do you propose he set this plan up? You should be ashamed of yourself. In case you do have any compassion at all may I suggest you pick up the phone and make a donation to the Joplin animal shelter in his honor (where by the way this wonderful young man Volunteered)

Stark88
Stark88

You should feel really bad for acting like a complete moron. Im sure his family WISH this was a hoax. Get a life Mark. Use it while you still have it.

justme
justme

Your an idiot. The family got home before The father and son. They were all at the graduation You are a very sick individual.  And how does it make you feel that the young man was found dead. You owe the family and this post an apology.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Waiting for an apology for the deceased and his loved ones...

tangenjill
tangenjill

Get a life. Will lost his. It's horrific enough without the above idiocy.

Lisajo516
Lisajo516

You're not too good at screen writing function pal. Maybe it's u who should've been taken tragically & this young man left to pursue his dream & degree in film production! Keep your vile venomous opinion in your idiotic head & stay off these sites! You're a fool without a heart & don't deserve the privilege of using up others more worthy to receive the gift of oxygen on this earth!

Tomyboy
Tomyboy

He was found dead last evening.

Scarlett
Scarlett

He was died on may 28, 2011. The family is going to be in my prayers. I hope they will be ok. It is just so sad. I live bout 10 mile away from Joplin which makes it even scarier.

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