PORT CLINTON, Ohio – No foul play is suspected in the disappearance of an Ohio teen who was last seen on Dec. 20.
Port Clinton Police Chief Robert Hickman said the body of 14-year-old Harley Dilly was found in the chimney of a home across the street from his family’s residence. The teen had climbed inside a chimney and gotten stuck, according to WJW.
“This appears to be an accident,” Hickman said. “At this time there does not appear to be any foul play suspected.”
No cause of death has been determined. Police said they’d checked the home multiple times during their search for Dilly, who was last seen on his way to school on Dec. 20. He never showed up for class.
The teen’s coat and glasses were found next to the brick chimney on the second floor. Hickman said it appeared Dilly climbed an antenna tower to the roof and entered the chimney.
The house across the street was unoccupied and used as a vacation-type home, according to WJW.
In late December, more than a week after the teen’s disappearance, Port Clinton police said 75 law enforcement agencies had searched approximately 150 acres using helicopters and K-9 units.
Their search brought them back to the nearby home Monday night, where neighbors noticed a heavy police presence. Early Tuesday morning, Hickman was seen walking out of the Dilly family’s home.