Investigators find body of missing Port Clinton teen in vacant house


Investigators said right now, they believe 14-year-old Harley Dilly's death was accidental

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (WKBN) – Police reported finding the body of a missing Port Clinton, Ohio teenager in a vacant house across the street from his family’s home.

Investigators said right now, they believe 14-year-old Harley Dilly’s death was accidental.

Dilly’s coat and glasses were found on the second floor of the home. He was found inside a chimney in the home.

“It appears that Harley climbed an antenna tower to the roof and entered the chimney,” the police chief said.

A cause of death hasn’t been determined yet, but an autopsy will be completed.

Dilly had been missing for three weeks before his body was discovered.

WJW Fox 8 reported a heavy police presence Monday at the vacant house on E. 5th Street, which is across the street from the house where Dilly lived with his family.

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

The vacant house where Dilly was found was locked, according to police.

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.

Watch the video above for the full press conference from police.

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