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PORT CLINTON, Ohio — Authorities have released photos and the final report from the recovery of 14-year-old Harley Dilly’s body from the chimney of a vacation home near his family’s home in Port Clinton.
Police said it is believed that Harley attempted to enter the unoccupied home through the chimney and got stuck.
Port Clinton Police Chief Rob Hickman added that Harley climbed an antenna in order to enter the chimney.
His glasses and jacket were found outside the flue on the second floor. The chimney was blocked between the second and first floor, which trapped Harley.
Ottawa County Coroner Dan Cadigan, M.D., said in a statement that the cause of death for Harley was determined as compressive asphyxia, which occurs when the chest or abdomen is compressed posteriorly.
The chimney is approximately 9 inches by 13 inches in size.
The final report from Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation states that Harley was found in a standing position in the chimney on the second floor of the home. His jacket, glasses, Cleveland Browns jersey, and a sweatshirt were pushed through a vent hole by Harley in order to make room in the chimney. The clothing was found on the floor of the chimney, according to the BCI report.
A blue flashlight was also recovered from the scene as evidence. The vent cover was found near the clothing on the floor, the report said.
Police then removed the wall of the chimney to discover Harley’s body in an “advanced state of decomposition,” the report said.
The owner of the property where Harley’s body was found has since removed the chimney “out of respect for Harley’s parents,” Chief Hickman said.