Teen missing for two weeks is found dead after getting ‘trapped’ inside the chimney of a vacant house across the street from his home
- Harley Dilly, 14, went missing December 20 and was discovered dead Monday
- Cops found his jacket on the second floor and his glasses next to the chimney
Harley Dilly, 14, vanished in Port Clinton, Ohio, on December 20 when he was last seen heading to school in chilly 18 degree weather wearing sweatpants and a thin puffy coat.
The body of a teenage boy has been found inside the chimney of a vacant home, two weeks after he went missing on his walk to school.
Harley Dilly, 14, went missing December 20 and was discovered dead Monday after police decided to search a summer home that was under renovation across the street from his Ohio home.
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’.
Dilly was stuck inside.
Police believe 4ft 9in, 100lb Dilly ‘climbed an antenna tower to the roof and entered the chimney’.
His personal items appeared to be pushed through a flue on the second floor however blockage between the first and second levels ‘trapped Harley’.
Authorities used a drone to look inside the chimney and ‘were seen removing a portion of the home’s wall,’ the Beacon Journal reports.
‘The house had previously been checked multiple times…We had no reason to believe anyone was in the house,’ Police Chief Robert Hickman said in the news conference Tuesday. ‘This is not the outcome anyone wanted.’
The house in Port Clinton, east of Cleveland, is owned by another family and had a lock box and deadbolt.
A surveillance image believed to show Harley crossing the street in front of his home on December 20 is the last known sighting of the teen
‘There is no evidence of forced entry. There was a lock box, doors were secured,’ the police chief said. ‘Since there is a lockbox and anyone can go in and out of the house, we went inside to check the house.’
Cops found his jacket on the second floor and his glasses next to the chimney
‘We were then able to discover what we believe to be Harley, who was caught in the chimney. His family was notified early this morning, and this appears to be an accident.
‘At this time, there does not appear to be any foul play expected,’ the police chief continued. ‘No cause of death has been determined. An autopsy is being conducted.’
The Ohio Attorney General’s office canceled an Amber Alert Tuesday, stating the ‘child has been recovered’.
The teen’s sister Ashlyn Dilly, wrote on Facebook: ‘R.I.H. Harley Dilly and fly high, confirmed by the PD both out there and here in my town.’
Authorities first thought the teen may have run away from home, because he sometimes spends a night away from home if he gets upset.
Volunteers and authorities searched through neighborhoods in the city along Lake Erie with help from K-9 teams and helicopters.
Police also had asked residents to review their home security footage, hoping that might offer clues about what happened.
They said early on in the investigation that there was no evidence to suggest Harley was abducted but they were not yet ruling that out.
His disappearance came about a month after police were called to Harley’s family home after receiving reports of a ‘family issue’.
Officers who responded to the home had to calm the boy down but gave no additional information about the incident.
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.
They said the teen’s cellphone was broken when he left his home.
His social media accounts – including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Reddit – had not been active since he disappeared.