Authorities announced on Tuesday that an Ohio teen who vanished while walking to school late last month has been found dead in a vacant home.
At 7:58 a.m., the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation issued an advisory for law enforcement agencies to end their ongoing search for Harley Dilly, 14. Since then, Port Clinton police revealed that Dilly had apparently tried to enter an unoccupied residence via a chimney after scaling an antenna tower attached to the home, according to WTVG.
Dilly’s glasses and jacket were reportedly found outside the flue on the second floor. Police said the home, which is located near Dilly’s residence, is a vacation home that is undergoing renovation while its owners are out of town.
Law enforcement said they do not believe foul play is involved in Dilly’s death. Additional details surrounding the teen’s death are unavailable at this point in time, but the Lucas County Coroner’s Office is expected to complete an autopsy.
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 had released a surveillance still which presumably showed 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.
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.
At the time of Dilly’s disappearance, officials refused to say whether he was being bullied at school, or if he was diagnosed with any mental or behavioral issues.
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[Featured image: Harley Dilly/Port Clinton Police Department]