Boy found dead after running away from home in Iowa

Boy found dead after running away from home in Iowa

Mystery surrounds the death of a 13-year-old boy in the US who unexpectedly ran away from his home during a snowstorm, with his body being found in a secluded part of town days later.

Corey Brown snuck out of his house in Marshalltown, Iowa, on January 22 following conversation with his parents about “household rules”, according to local police.

It was “a typical discussion about household rules between parents and a 13-year-old child,” Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper told the Washington Post.

“There was no fight, no argument, no anger.”

Local media reported that Corey ran away from home after his parents took away his mobile phone, but Chief Tupper did not confirm these reports.

Authorities are still trying to figure out what drove the young teen to leave his home and brave freezing night-time temperatures.

His parents reportedly called the police when they noticed he was missing at about 5am the following day.

Corey was last seen walking in Jackie Terrace, a neighbourhood in Marshalltown, just before 11pm.

It was snowing the night he went missing, with temperatures in the area reaching a high of minus three.

Police urged locals to look in their garages, storage sheds and vehicles in case the boy was seeking shelter there.

After five days of searching, and Corey’s parents appeared at a news conference to beg their son to come home, the teen’s body was discovered on Sunday.

He was discovered on the west side of the city in a secluded area not visible from the road.

While the cause of death has not been officially determined, police said there was no indication of foul play.

“At this time, there is no evidence or information that indicates criminal activity is connected to this missing person/death investigation,” the Marshalltown Police Department said in a statement.

“However, this is still an active investigation and all possible scenarios will be thoroughly investigated.”

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