Body of missing 14-year-old Ohio boy found in chimney
The body of a 14-year-old teen boy, missing for weeks, was found in a chimney on Monday, Ohio authorities say.
14-year-old Harley Dill was last seen December 20 when he left for school but never arrived. Detectives pointed out that the boy’s telephone was broken when he left home that morning.
Investigators say, it was initially believed that Dilly may have run away from home. According to his family, the boy sometimes spent the night away from home when he was angry.
The search for Dilly was held by police and groups of volunteers for weeks with involvement of helicopters and K-9 teams. But the search brought no results.
Monday evening the boy’s body was found in the chimney of an empty house across the street from the place he lived. The house that had been locked for renovation didn’t have signs of forced entry, according to Port Clinton Police Chief Robert Hickman. Police also say they don’t investigate the found of Dilly’s body as a foul play.
The cause of death is still not revealed.
“We had no reason to believe anyone was in the house,” he added.
When asked during the press conference why it took so long to find the boy, Hickman said that the house had been checked previously for several times but there was “no reason to believe anyone was in the house.”
“This is not the outcome anyone wanted,” he added.
Dilly’s coat and glasses were found on the second floor of the house near the brick chimney where the boy allegedly got stuck. The investigators work the case as an accident.
“It appears Harley climbed an antenna tower to the roof and entered the chimney,” Hickman said.
Authorities used a drone to look inside the chimney and “were seen removing a portion of the home's wall.”
Investigators have a drone up over the house in Port Clinton where they searched for Harley Dilly. They’re looking at the chimney. pic.twitter.com/nKIZchUMmN— staceyfreyfox8 (@staceyfreyfox8) January 14, 2020
A sledgehammer and bags of evidence were taken out and a coroner was on the scene for seven hours.
An autopsy was scheduled later Tuesday.