The body of a 13-year-old boy has been discovered in a secluded area days after he left home during a blustery snowstorm following an argument with his parents.
Corey Brown was last seen at around 11 p.m. Tuesday, after he stormed out of his Marshalltown, Iowa home. Police Chief Mike Tupper described the argument as a "normal parental discussion" and said it was "nothing extraordinary," according to The Gazette.
His body was found Sunday morning in a remote area of the same town, according to Marshalltown Police. The exact location has not been disclosed.
“At this time, there is no evidence or information that indicates criminal activity is connected to this missing person/death investigation,” police wrote. “However, this is still an active investigation and all possible scenarios will be thoroughly investigated.”
The days-long search was reportedly a challenging one, due to the cold temperature and winds. Regardless, the community rallied to try to find the missing boy. At one point, 200 people showed up for a search party, just one day after Brown vanished, the Marshalltown Times-Republican reports.
Before the tragic discovery on Sunday, Brown’s parents made emotional pleas for their son to return home.
“Corey, if you’re out there, bud, you’re not in trouble. Just come home,” his father Craig Brown said, according to KCCI in Des Moines.
Marshall County Crime Stoppers and Lennox Employees Credit Union had offered a $1,000 reward for information related to Brown’s disappearance before the teen was found dead.
A spokesperson for the Marshalltown Community School District told KCCI, “he was loved by many and will be deeply missed.”
[Photo: Marshalltown Police Department]
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