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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Iowa boy, 13, is found dead five days after running away from home during snowstorm because his parents took away his phone

Missing Iowa teenager Corey Brown was found dead Sunday, five days after his parents reported he ran away from their home during a snowstorm because he was angry they took his phone away as punishment.
The 13-year-old's body was found around 10.45am in a secluded area west of Marshalltown, local law enforcement said.
They did not reveal more information on the exact location as the investigation was ongoing.
'At this time, there is 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,' the Marshalltown Police Department said in a statement. 
Corey Brown, 13, was found dead on Sunday after he ran away from home following an altercation with his parents who confiscated his phone 
Corey Brown, 13, was found dead on Sunday after he ran away from home following an altercation with his parents who confiscated his phone 
Corey's parents Craig (left) and Michelle (right) thanked all the agencies who help find their son in the secluded area west of Marshalltown, Iowa on Sunday morning
Police said search efforts were hampered by a snowstorm which moved in early this week 
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Several inches of snow fell and temperatures plunged below zero degrees last week while Corey was missing. 
At least 14 agencies and 'countless fire and EMS departments' were involved in the search. 
Brown's family and police thanked them for all providing 'exceptionally professional service under very difficult conditions' in a statement.
The eighth-grader's school district which covered Brown's Miller Middle School and the Marshalltown High School, was 'saddened' by the news.
The Marshalltown Community School District said in a statement Sunday afternoon: 'Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the Brown family and those close to Corey. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed.'
Brown went missing since Tuesday night after he left home following a fight with his parents during the cold weather.
Brown was last seen wearing a Seattle Seahawks cap, a red shirt and black pants around 11.15pm in an area near Marshalltown where he lived. 
Brown (pictured) had been missing from home since Tuesday night and was outside in subfreezing temperatures
Brown (pictured) had been missing from home since Tuesday night and was outside in subfreezing temperatures
Police Chief Mike Tupper said he was growing increasingly concerned due to the length of time Corey has been missing and because of adverse weather conditions. 
He asked property owners to check garages, sheds and vehicles in case the teen sought refuge from the snowstorm, which moved into the area earlier this week.
Footage from the family's security system showed Corey walking away from their home Tuesday night after he was scolded.
His parents Michelle and Craig Brown, along with investigators, held a news conference locally to raise awareness about their missing son earlier in the week.
His mother told KCCI: 'Corey, you know how much we love you. And I’m not going to stop until we find you. If you’re out there, please come home.
'We love you more than you’ll ever know. Please, please just come home.'
Tupper said runaways are investigated often in his town, but they are usually back home before too long. 
Adding about the confiscation of the cellphone, he said: 'It's a typical interaction with a 13-year-old child, nothing extraordinary. But he reacted emotionally to that.'
Search efforts for Corey were hampered late Thursday by subfreezing temperatures and blustery winds.  

The teenager's mother fought back tears as she told the public she just wants her son home 

Counselors had been made available for students at Marshalltown High School, where Corey is in the eighth grade, KCCI reported.
'The school district has contacted all of our parents through email, saying if you see him, contact the police department,'  school district spokesman Andrew Potter told the station. 
'We’re trying to do our part to help out in any way we can. He has a big smile, and we want to see that again.' 

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