The body of a 14-year-old boy who went missing after working on an Ohio farm has been found in a shallow grave, authorities said.
Jonathan E. Minard was last seen Saturday, April 13 after he had gone to a dairy farm to work on Saturday with a 29-year old-friend, whose father owns the dairy farm, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
Investigators were told that Minard later complained that he had a toothache and went back to his friend’s home to try to call his parents, but his parents never got the call and Minard was not seen again.
On Friday, Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams said Minard’s body had been found at 10:15 a.m. in a shallow grave at a farm in Washington Township. No further details were provided about how the body was found or the specific location where it had been discovered.
“I am not going to comment on anything to jeopardize this investigation,” Williams said, according to WKYC.
They also declined to say whether the case was being considered a homicide or if there were any potential suspects in the case.
Shortly before the Minard’s body was discovered, the sheriff’s office announced it was treating the missing persons case as a criminal investigation, WTOL reported at the time.
They also said they had spoken with a “person of interest” possibly connected to the case, but didn’t reveal any further details.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the teen’s cause of death, local station WKYC reports.
The community has been left reeling with the discovery of the teen’s body.
“We were hoping he ran away or something; that’s what we were hoping for but that wasn’t the case,” Carroll County resident Bill Burrier told WJW-TV.
Shana Teeters, who remembers seeing Minard in her aunt’s neighborhood, described him as a fun-loving kid.
“He was always walking around Delroy, just out in the summertime and stuff,” she told WOIO. “Just like an everyday kid would be.”
County resident Terry Cheuvron said those in the area now hope for justice for the young teen.
“Everybody’s in shock, I think everybody is saddened, we feel for the family and we just want to see the person who did it pay for it,” he said.
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