The search for an Ohio teen who was last seen nearly a week ago on a friend’s farm came to an end Friday after police uncovered the boy’s body in a shallow grave.
The 14-year-old Jonathon Minard’s body was discovered around 10:15 a.m. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a press release in a shallow grave near a farm in Washington Township.
Police gave little detail about the discovery but said the remains were transferred to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner for a complete autopsy. It might take several weeks to release the results.
“At this time, no further questions will be answered as the investigation remains pending. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office will continue to gather evidence until the investigation is complete,” the press release read.
“Jonathan’s discovery is just the first step in gathering evidence to answer to many unanswered questions that have led us to this moment,” Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Barnett said at a press conference.
Minard was last seen to help his 29-year-old friend on the friend’s dad’s dairy farm on April 13. Investigators were told Minard was complaining about a toothache and said he was going to call his mother to pick him up at the friend’s house.
But Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams said that the call was not received by Minard’s mother.
Investigators identified an interested person on Wednesday. He is described with a criminal record as a 29-year-old man, consisting mainly of drug offenses, reported Fox 8.
Whether the person of interest was Minard’s friend from the farm was not immediately clear. The interested person was questioned twice, according to WEWS, and agreed to a polygraph test before backing out later.