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Mother of missing 14-year-old Ohio boy says she doesn’t believe he’s a runaway in video Staff




UPDATE (Tuesday, Jan. 14): Body of 14-year-old Ohio boy Harley Dilly found dead in chimney: More details

A Port Clinton mother posted a video to Facebook in regards to the search for her missing 14-year-old son.

Harley Dilly was last seen leaving for school on Friday, December 20 just before 7 a.m., according to Port Clinton Police.

His mother, Heather Dilly, posted a video to her Facebook page on Monday in which she sobbingly told the public to stop “bashing” her family, and pleaded for help to find her son.

“You all want to see what I look like when I’m not taking my meds to help? You want to know what it’s like to have a son missing? It hurts. It makes you feel like you can’t go on. But you have to go on. You don’t understand. You seriously don’t know what it feels like,” Heather said in the video.

The Port Clinton Police Department said there is now $7,000 in reward money being offered for information leading to the safe return of Harley.

“I don’t believe that he was a runaway, I’m going to say it, I don’t care,” Heather said in the video. “He’s not a runaway. This is not like him. He doesn’t do this stuff. He’s a momma’s boy. He has a routine.”

Police, however, say they don’t yet have reason to believe Harley’s disappearance was the result of an abduction.

Officers have been called to the Dilly home previously after the teen left his home during arguments with family, according to Port Clinton Police Chief Rob Hickman. Harley didn’t return until the next morning in the previous case(s), Hickman said.

Hickman would not comment on whether Dilly was diagnosed with any mental or behavioral issues.

Dilly has an older sister who lives out-of-state, and authorities have searched her home and found no evidence that Harley made his way there, Hickman said.

Hickman said in a statement on Tuesday that the Dilly family has been “fully cooperative” in the investigation.

“I am doing what the police ask. We are following f***ing directions! You guys don’t know us!,” Heather exclaimed in the video.

Harley is described as 101 pounds, 4’9″, and was last seen wearing a maroon puffer jacket.

If you know where Harley is, give police a call at 419-734-3121.

You can watch Heather Dilly’s video on Facebook here.

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    Patty Atwan

    Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    I feel so bad for the mother. In honesty I feel it was an abduction. I do pray that God helps everyone find him and bring him home. Through Jesus name I pray. Amen

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    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    I pray every day that I pick up my phone and see that Harley has made it home safe! And every day I’m disappointed. I can’t imagine what his family is going through! The police keep saying they don’t have any reason to believe he was abducted but what do they have to make them think that he wasn’t? I really hope that he wasn’t but I’m just asking

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    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Years ago when my now grown sons were teenagers they went out walking in the woods with their arthritic dog in the snow. It was falling but not a blizzard. They were told not to stay out more than an hour and once it went past an hour and a half I started calling for them as the snow was coming down heavier. Called their dad, called MY dad, got the neighbours involved and called the cops who did nothing but INSIST they ran away and waste time going to far reaching friends of theirs asking if they were there when I KNEW they wouldn’t be! I KNEW they would not run away and would NEVER jeopardize the life of our beloved dog! HOURS later THE NEIGHBOURS found them, separated and 11 miles deep IN the Pine Barrens of NJ and then an hour or so afterwards the COPS got my old dad down from Hundred Foot Hill in the middle of the now blizzard wearing only his spring jacket! And after THAT the cops proceeded to GRILL my sons who had ONLY GOT LOST and couldn’t be heard to call out in the snow!! I KNEW they hadn’t run away!!

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    Friday, January 3, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    People need too leave this lady alone, because they don’t know what it’s like too lose a child. I’ve read so much hateful post from bullies that should be charged and jailed

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    Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    I feel so bad for this youngman…I hope he is found safe and sound.

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