An Iowa teen who ran away from home during a snowstorm after his parents took away his cellphone has been found dead, officials said.
The body of Corey Brown, 13, was discovered in a secluded area on the west side of Marshalltown on Sunday, five days after he fled his house on Jackie Terrace, the Marshalltown Police Department said in a statement.
Brown was wearing a red shirt, black pants, gray tennis shoes, a black and lime green coat and a Seattle Seahawks stocking cap when he left home about 11:15 p.m. last Tuesday.
Temperatures dropped and a snowstorm moved into the area, which worried his family and emergency responders who spent days searching for the teen. That night the temperature was only 19 degrees, with a windchill that made it feel as if it were 6 degrees.
“Corey, you know how much we love you,” his mother, Michelle Brown, told KCCI-TV. “And I’m not going to stop until we find you. If you’re out there, please come home.”
At least 14 agencies, including the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, FBI and Marshall County Crime Stoppers aided Marshalltown Police in the search for Brown.
Residents and property owners were asked to thoroughly check their homes, buildings, garages, sheds, vehicles and any other structures they own for signs of Brown, who they believed may have tried to seek shelter from the snow.
Following Sunday’s tragic discovery, police said there was “no evidence or information that indicates criminal activity is connected to this missing person/death investigation.
“However, this is still an active investigation and all possible scenarios will be thoroughly investigated,” police added.
Counselors were made available for students at Marshalltown High School, where Brown was enrolled in eighth grade.