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.