Authorities in Ohio announced Friday that the body of a 14-year-old boy who vanished last week was found buried in a shallow grave on a farm this morning.
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said Jonathon Minard was found dead in Washington Township at 10:15 a.m. On Wednesday, authorities said they’ve questioned a person of interest and that no subsequent searches for Minard were planned.
WEWS reported Minard was picked up last Friday to do some work on his 29-year-old friend’s family farm in New Harrisburg. Williams told NBC that Minard was doing chores at the farm last Friday afternoon before leaving for the evening with the adult friend and spending the night at the friend’s home before returning to the farm Saturday at 1:30 p.m. to continue work.
Reports indicated that Minard had complained of a toothache and attempted to call his mother before his disappearance.
The 29-year-old friend, whose identity hasn’t been revealed to the public, was reportedly the person of interest cops had questioned. WJW reported that the man has a criminal record with mostly drug offenses and that he was the last person to see Minard.
On Friday, authorities declined to answer whether Minard’s friend remains a person of interest in this case. No arrests have been made amid their criminal investigation.
WKYC reported that Minard’s body has been turned over to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner for an autopsy.
This is a developing story. Check back with CrimeOnline for updates as they become available.
UPDATE: The Carroll County Sheriff has confirmed 14-year-old Jonathon Minard was found dead this morning on a farm in Washington Township.Read more: https://on.wkyc.com/2UK0Hmv
Posted by WKYC Channel 3 – Cleveland on Friday, April 19, 2019
[Featured image: Jonathon Minard/Carroll County Sheriff’s Office]