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Harley Dilly: Nationwide search under way as missing teen’s disappearance reaches 7th day

Flyers for a missing Ohio teen who vanished on December 20 will be distributed nationwide amid an ongoing search involving local, state, and federal agencies.

According to WEWS, Port Clinton police confirmed that the FBI and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are also involved in the search for Harley Dilly, 14. Dilly reportedly disappeared while walking to school last Friday at around 7 a.m.

Authorities have declined to reveal whether they are treating Dilly as a runaway or a victim of foul play. They have also refused to say whether Dilly was being bullied at school, or if he was diagnosed with any mental or behavioral issues.

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Dilly’s father reported him missing at around midnight on December 21. The teen had recently broken his phone, possibly explaining why his family was not concerned about not hearing from him until hours later.

Law enforcement has released a surveillance still which presumably shows Dilly in an area between his home on East 5th Street and the Port Clinton high and middle school campus between 6 and 7 a.m. on December 20, the day of his disappearance.

Police said they discovered nothing suspicious at Dilly’s home. Investigators reportedly searched his sister’s home, which is located in a different state, and found no sign of the missing teen.

Port Clinton police Chief Rob Hickman said they have been called to Dilly’s home in the past. He also mentioned that the teen has left home during disputes and returned the following morning.

With limited leads, officials have offered a $4,000 reward for the teen’s safe return.

Dilly was described as being 4 feet, 9 inches tall, 100 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He was reportedly last seen wearing glasses, gray sweatpants, a maroon puffy jacket, and black tennis shoes.

The police chief advised against approaching Dilly if he is spotted, as the teen “does not warm up to people” easily. Anyone with information regarding Harley Dilly’s whereabouts should call Port Clinton Police at 419-734-3121.

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[Featured image: Harley Dilly/Port Clinton Police Department]