Authorities in Ohio now say the case of missing teen Jonathon E. Minard is being conducted as a criminal probe.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams confirmed that investigators have conducted two interviews with a person of interest in connection with the 14-year-old boy’s disappearance.
Officials say he was last seen on Saturday while assisting a friend on a farm in New Harrisburg. At the time of his disappearance, Minard was reportedly wearing brown boots, a blue sweatshirt and brown pants. He is described as 5 foot, 7 inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes.
“We searched all day yesterday and the night before and came up with absolutely nothing,” Williams said on Wednesday, as reported by the Aliance Review, “We’re not doing any more physical searches today. We’re working on (the case) from a different angle.”
Shortly before he was last seen, Minard was reportedly suffering from a toothache and wanted to call his mother so he could return home.
As part of an ensuing search of the area around his family’s home in Dellroy, authorities say they searched area roads for signs he had been struck by a vehicle.
The 29-year-old person of interest has not been identified as of the latest updates available and he was not in police custody, according to WJW. He is reportedly the last person known to have seen the teen prior to his disappearance and has a rap sheet including multiple drug-related arrests.
The investigation remains ongoing and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office urges anyone with relevant information to call 330-627-2141.
[Featured image: Jonathon Minard/Carroll County Sheriff’s Office]