13-year-old boy is found dead 5 days after he ran away from home during a snowstorm after his parents took away his phone

KCCIMarshalltown, Iowa, is pictured above after a recent snowstorm.
  • An Iowa teen who ran away from home last week was found dead on Sunday morning.
  • Corey Brown, 13, left his home in Marshalltown on Tuesday night after a fight with his parents in which they took his phone away.
  • He was found dead at an undisclosed location on the west side of town Sunday morning. Officials said there was nothing to suggest that a crime took place.

The search for a missing Iowa teen ended in tragedy on Sunday when the boy’s body was found.

Corey Brown, 13, ran away from his home on the south side of Marshalltown on Tuesday night during a snowstorm. He’d gotten into an argument with his parents in which they took away his mobile phone.

Corey brownFacebook/Marshalltown PoliceCorey Brown, 13, ran away from home on Tuesday. He was found dead on Sunday.

On Sunday, the Marshalltown Police Department released a statement on Facebook, saying that Corey’s body had been located that morning “in a secluded area on the west side” of town. They didn’t say where exactly his body was found or what kind of condition it was in.

“At this time, there is no evidence or information that indicates criminal activity is connected to this missing person/death investigation,” the statement said. “However, this is still an active investigation and all possible scenarios will be thoroughly investigated.”

Police added: “No other public information is available for release. When additional details are available, we will send them immediately.”

The statement said the Brown family has asked that everyone “honour and respect their privacy.”

Shortly after their son went missing, Craig and Michelle Brown held an emotional press conference begging him to come home.

“Corey, you know how much we love you. And I’m not going to stop until we find you,” his mother said at a Thursday press conference, recorded by KCCI. “If you’re out there, please come home. We love you more than you’ll ever know. Please, please just come home.”

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During the press conference, police Chief Mike Tupper said Corey left home Tuesday night without his parents’ knowledge after the family had a “disciplinary discussion” and his parents took his phone away, according to the Des Moines Register.

Tupper wouldn’t detail what exactly the discussion was about, but said it was “normal” and “nothing extraordinary.”

Michelle and craig brownKCCICorey’s parents, Craig and Michelle Brown, held an emotional press conference on Thursday in which they pleaded for his safe return.

Temperatures dipped as low as 17 degrees Fahrenheit the night Corey went missing, and several inches of snow fell on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Des Moines Register.

In the statement announcing the discovery of Corey’s body, police thanked the community “for all of their support during this difficult investigation.”

“The community has rallied behind the Brown family and all of public safety. The community support has been nothing short of phenomenal. Thank you everyone,” the statement said.

Anyone with information on Corey’s death is being asked to call the Marshalltown police at 641-754-5725 or Crime Stoppers at 641-753-1234. Tips can also be sent by texting the word “marshall” with any information to 274637. They can be submitted online as well at MarshallCountyCS.com.

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