Law enforcement officers walk around a vacant house on January 14, 2020, in Port Clinton, Ohio. where the body of Harley Dilly, 14, was found inside the chimney.
The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation, part of the Ohio Attorney General's Office, issued an advisory at 7:58 a.m. on Tuesday to end the hunt for Dilly, who vanished on his way to school on December 20 in Port Clinton, about 80 miles west of downtown Cleveland. "This appears to be an accident", Port Clinton Police Chief Robert J. Hickman said during a press conference.
At least 75 law enforcement agencies have scoured more than 150 acres with helicopters, trained dogs and search-and-rescue teams, Port Clinton police said.
'We were then able to discover what we believe to be Harley, who was caught in the chimney.
Hickman said the home was looked at early in the search but investigators didn't enter the home because it was locked.
The chimney was blocked between the first and second floors, and Harley became trapped inside. At the time of Dilly's disappearance, Hickman said the teen may have been upset about having electronics taken away from him.
Hickman did not comment on how Harley's coat and glasses ended up on the second floor.
A vague statement from the Ohio Attorney General's Office sent to media this morning said the "child has been recovered". Harley Dilly and fly high, confirmed by the PD both out there and here in my town'.
No cause of death has been determined.
On Saturday, over 100 members of the community volunteered to conduct their own search, according to the "Search Party of Harley Dilly" Facebook group.
Investigators say that they wanted to search the area again in an attempt to find Harley. "Since there is a lockbox and anyone can go in and out of the house, we went inside to check the house", said Hickman.