Police in Marshalltown, Iowa, are continuing to investigate the death of a 13-year-old boy who left home on Thursday night, and a lead law enforcement official is asking for people to stop looking for someone to blame while the investigation continues.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Corey Brown, 13, was found dead in a secluded area in Marshalldown late Sunday morning, five days after he was seen leaving his home on surveillance camera footage late Tuesday night. Earlier that night, Brown had reportedly had an argument with his parents, which police described as a “normal” discussion, and they are believed to have taken his phone, which he did not have with him when he left.
Authorities have not yet released the cause of death or any further details about how the boy’s body was found. And at this point, investigators have not found any evidence of foul play.
“I think people here are looking for reasons, looking for blame. There’s no blame to be found here,” Marshalltown Police Chief Michael Tupper told KRCG.
Chief Tupper told the Des Moines Register that he believes Brown may have been in the same spot his body was located for more than a day or two before an expanded search led investigators to the discovery.
Appearing to address social media speculation about the circumstances that led Brown to leave home on Tuesday night, Chief Tupper reiterated to the Register that “nothing extraordinary” happened in the discussion he had with his parents earlier that night.
CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.