- Iowa teenager Corey Brown was found dead Sunday west of Marshalltown
- The 13-year-old had been missing from home since Tuesday night
- He had a fight with his parents who took his away his phone and he ran away
- On Sunday, his parents thanked local agencies for spending time searching in adverse weather conditions
- His school issued a statement saying they are ‘saddened’ by news of his death
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.
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.