CARROLL COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Officials in Carroll County provided a tragic update to the case of missing teenage boy Jonathon Minard.
The sheriff’s office announced that Minard’s body was found buried in a shallow grave in a Washington Township field in Carroll County just after 10 a.m. Friday, approximately seven miles from his last known location.
Sheriff Dale Williams said it was too early to call Minard’s death a homicide. He would not comment on the boy’s cause of death and he would not discuss if there are any suspects related to the case.
Minard was last seen on the afternoon of Saturday, April 13 at a farm near New Harrisburg, according to the sheriff’s office.
Investigators say Minard complained of a toothache and was going to call his mother so that he could go home, but the sheriff’s office said his mother never received that call.
Since his disappearance, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office opened a criminal investigation.
The 29-year-old man last seen with Minard, identified as a person interest, was questioned by police but was never taken into custody.
More than 100 volunteers helped with the search for the 14-year-old.
The Carroll County coroner transported Minard’s body to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office for further analysis.
The investigation is ongoing.