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Port Clinton police release report from night 14-year-old Harley Dilly went missing



PORT CLINTON, Ohio — New details have been unveiled after Port Clinton Police Department released the official police report from the night late 14-year-old Harley Dilly went missing.

Harley’s father, Marcus Dilly, went to the Port Clinton Police Department just before midnight on Dec. 21 to report him missing.

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Marcus advised police that Harley was angry because he had broken his phone and demanded that his parents get him a new one.

Marcus stated Harley was upset because they told him he needed to earn a new phone.

Marcus also stated there were other incidents where Harley wouldn’t come home from school on a Friday and then wouldn’t return until Saturday morning.

When asked what made Marcus come in at midnight to file a report, he stated that he thought Harley was gone too long because he had normally returned in the morning the other times. Officers asked Marcus if anything had happened to make him think Harley is in danger, and he stated no.

Marcus said Harley was not suicidal and had no history of such thoughts. He also added that Harley had ADHD and autism, and was “high-functioning and very smart.”

Marcus told officers that Harley was “a baby” when it came to being cold.

Then, officers asked Marcus about Harley’s friends, and he gave police the names of some of them. One of the friends told police they saw Harley after school the day he went missing.

The police report states that Harley went to his friend’s house and asked if he could go to a Cleveland Cavaliers game that his two friends were going to. Harley’s friend told him they didn’t have any more tickets.

Harley’s mother, Heather, told police she last saw him Friday morning and thought he left the house and went to school.

Harley was later found dead in the chimney of an unoccupied vacation home across the street from the Dilly family home on Jan. 13.

His death was ruled an accident; the coroner stated Harley died of “compressive asphyxia,” which is when the torso is compressed, preventing the lungs from expanding.

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