Police: Body of missing Port Clinton teen Harley Dilly found in chimney


PORT CLINTON, Ohio (WCMH/WJW) — Police say the body of missing Port Clinton teen Harley Dilly was found in a house near his family home.

According to Port Clinton Police Chief Robert Hickman, police began searching the vacant home shortly after 4 p.m. Monday.

Inside the home, police found glasses and a coat on the second floor of the house next to a brick chimney. Investigators then searched the chimney and found a body believed to be Dilly.

Police say the death is being considered an accident. According to Hickman, investigators believe Dilly climbed up an antenna tower to the roof. He then climbed into the chimney, where he became stuck.

Chief Hickman said other vacant homes in the area that were unsecured had previously been searched. Hickman said the home he was found in was double locked and showed no signs of forced entry.

Harley was last seen leaving his house on the morning of Dec. 20. He did not make it to school that day.

Over the past few weeks, the FBI, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service have aided the Port Clinton Police Department in the investigation. Volunteers also organized a search for the missing teen.

The investigation into Dilly’s death is ongoing.

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