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Iowa boy who runs away after parents confiscate cellphone found dead

Police in Iowa are continuing to investigate the tragic death of a 13-year-old boy who was found dead this weekend after leaving his home on Tuesday night, prompting a large-scale missing persons search and desperate pleas from his family to come home.

The Courier reports that Marshalltown Police confirmed they found Corey Brown’s body at about 10:45 a.m on Sunday in a “secluded area” on Marshalltown’s west side. Brown had been seen on surveillance camera footage leaving his Marshalltown home around 11:15 Tuesday night. Earlier that evening, he had been in an argument with his parents, which police described as a “normal parental discussion.” The parents are believed to have taken his phone, and he did not have it when he left home.

Police have not yet revealed any details about the condition of the body or Brown’s cause of death.

“At this time, there is no evidence or information that indicates criminal activity is connected to this missing person/death investigation,” Marshalltown Police said in a Facebook post, according to The Courier.

“However, this is still an active investigation and all possible scenarios will be thoroughly investigated.”

CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.