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Harley Dilly's body is found

Brandon Addeo and Patrick Pfanner • Updated Jan 14, 2020 at 2:29 PM

PORT CLINTON — Port Clinton police chief Rob Hickman said Harley Dilly’s body was found in a chimney of a vacant home in the 500 block of Fulton Street Monday afternoon. Hickman said they were recanvassing the neighborhood and gained entry to the vacant home, which was previously locked.

On the second floor of the building, near the flue of the chimney, investigators also found Harley’s glasses and maroon puffy coat. It’s unclear how the glasses and coat got to the bottom of the chimney, but investigators believe no one else had been in the home. Investigators believe Dilly climbed into the roof via an antenna and tried to enter the home through the chimney.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost released this statement:

“We are heartbroken over the outcome but know every effort was made to find Harley. Chief Hickman shouldered the weight of this investigation which has resulted in a tragic loss for the community of Port Clinton. No case is tougher than when a kid goes missing.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Original Story

PORT CLINTON — It appears evidence may have been recovered from a home near the Harley Dilly residence late Monday.

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Dilly, 14, hasn’t been seen since he left for Port Clinton High School on Dec. 20. Police have initiated several searches for the boy.

Port Clinton police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation blocked off a home in the 500 block of Fulton St. Monday and appeared to take photos inside the building. Several streets leading to the home were also closed.

A crowd of a few dozen people gathered at the scene and started a candlelight vigil. 

“We are searching an unoccupied residence,” Port Clinton police Chief Rob Hickman said in a news release sent to the Register at 8:24 p.m. Monday. “At this time, Harley Dilly is still missing.”

The reward for information on Dilly’s whereabouts is more than $18,000. Dilly was last seen wearing glasses, grey sweatpants, a maroon puffy jacket and black tennis shoes.

Harley Dilly

Gender: Male

Age: 14

Race/Ethnicity: White

Height: 4’9”

Weight: 100 lbs

Hair color: Brown

Eye color: Green