Iowa teenager found dead after more fleeing from fights with parents by cell phone


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Per David K. Li

A 13-year-old boy who fled after his parents took the phone was found dead not far from his home, police said on Monday.

Corey Brown of Marshalltown, Iowa, has not been seen since Tuesday night before investigators discovered his body in an "isolated area" of the city at 10:45 am Sunday morning, a police statement said. .

The location where Corey was found was less than 1.5 miles away from the boy's home, Marshalltown police chief Mike Tupper told NBC News on Monday.

Corey Brown, 13, was found dead in Marshalltown, Iowa on January 27, 2019.Marshalltown Police Department

"At this time, there is no evidence or information to indicate that criminal activity is linked to it," according to a Marshalltown police statement. "However, this is still an active investigation and all possible scenarios will be thoroughly investigated."

It was not clear if Corey was familiar with the area where he had been found.

"We believe we will be able to accurately explain their steps and whereabouts," he said.

Tupper told reporters at a press conference Thursday night that Corey left the house after the boy entered a row with his parents, which ended with them taking out his cell phone.

"Anyone with children had discussions with their children about domestic rules," Tupper said on Monday. "This was a typical interaction between parents and children, without anger, nothing extraordinary."

The weather complicated the search for Corey, since the high temperature never stayed above 29 degrees while he was missing. The low in those four and a half days reached -9 degrees on Friday morning.

More than 15 inches of snow fell in Marshalltown, which lies about 80 miles northwest of Des Moines on Tuesday and Wednesday.

An autopsy had not yet been performed Monday morning. When surveillance cameras saw Corey leaving home Tuesday night, he wore a Seattle Seahawks cap, a red shirt, black pants, gray sneakers, and a lime-green coat.

"He was wearing the same clothes he left at home," Tupper said of Corey's condition when he was found.


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