Authorities in OH say the body of a 14-year-old boy who has been missing for weeks was found Monday caught in a chimney, though no foul play is suspected. The boy had been missing since December 20th when he was last scene leaving his house for school.
"We are searching an unoccupied residence", Port Clinton police Chief Rob Hickman said in a news release sent to the Register at 8:24 p.m. Monday.
They found his jacket on the second floor and his glasses next to the brick chimney which police said "is between the second and third floors and is 9 by 13 inches".
Chief Hickman shouldered the weight of this investigation, which has resulted in a tragic loss for the community of Port Clinton. Police had already looked around outside of the house, which had been locked and had no signs of forced entry, Hickman said. Early Tuesday morning, Hickman was seen walking out of the Dilly family's home.More news: SpaceX Crew Dragon ready for final key test before astronaut's launch
The Ohio Attorney General's office canceled an Amber Alert Tuesday, stating the "child has been recovered".
Since his disappearance, thousands of flyers have been distributed across the state and country.
"This appears to be an accident", the police chief said.
Authorities have not revealed a cause of death. An autopsy is being conducted today. The teen had climbed inside a chimney and gotten stuck, according to WJW.More news: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn Moves to Withdraw Guilty Plea
Since then, volunteers and authorities searched through nearby neighborhoods along Lake Erie with help from K-9 teams and helicopters. "This is not the outcome anyone wanted, but we have some closure for the family".
Detectives told Live PD on A&E that Harley had a strict schedule for eating foods, he bathed several times a day and often stayed around his home.
Authorities said 14-year-old Harley Dilly's death is now being considered an accident and they have found no signs of foul play.More news: First case of mysterious coronavirus confirmed outside of China