The more than three-week search for missing Ohio teen Harley Dilly came to a tragic end on Monday night after his body was found in a chimney of a vacant home, according to police.
Port Clinton Police Chief Rob Hickman said in a news conference Tuesday that a body they believe to be Harley, 14, was found in the chimney of a home across the street from his home in Port Clinton.
Hickman said investigators believe Dilly’s death was accidental, but the cause of death has not been determined. He said the Lucas County Coroner’s Office was conducting an autopsy on Tuesday.
According to Hickman, the home where the body was found is a vacation home and in the process of being remodeled, which is why it was vacant.
Hickman said the residence had been checked multiple times before throughout the ongoing search for the missing teen, but authorities found no signs of forced entry into the home, as the windows were all locked and the doors were all secured. The rear door was secured with a lockbox, according to Hickman.
“It appears that Harley climbed an antenna tower to the roof and entered the chimney,” Hickman said. “Once in the chimney, Harley’s jacket and glasses were pushed from the chimney through a flue and into the second floor of the house. The chimney was blocked between the second and first floor, which trapped Harley.”
Hickman said the chimney was approximately 9-by-13 inches wide.
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SOURCE: USA Today; Port Clinton News Herald, Jon Stinchcomb