The body of a boy missing from a rural area of Ohio was found buried in a shallow grave on a farm Friday morning, sadly ending a desperate search for the 14-year-old boy who disappeared on April 13th.
Jonathon Minard was found dead, buried in the grave of a Washington Township farm shortly after 10 am, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. The body was found not far from where the boy had gone a week earlier in Carrollton, Ohio.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy, the results of which will not be known until a few weeks later.
Authorities announced Wednesday, two days before the discovery of the body, that they were interviewing a person of interest in the case and said they were refusing to take a polygraph test. The Carroll County Sheriff, Dale Williams, would not answer Friday if the person was still in custody or if she was still considered a person of interest.
Nobody has been arrested on the death of the teenager and the investigation is under way, the sheriff's office announced.
"Jonathon's discovery is only the first step in gathering evidence to answer many unanswered questions that have brought us to that moment," said Carroll County Attorney Steve Barnett at WEWS. , affiliated with Cleveland ABC. "Investigations like this take time and this case is no exception."
Minard was working on a farm in New Harrisburg, Ohio, on Friday, before being taken to a family friend 's home in Carrollton. He spent the night there, according to the authorities, before complaining of toothache, was left alone at the residence and had disappeared back from the family friend.
The sheriff did not report the disappearance of the boy until April 14th.
Family and friends spent Tuesday looking for signs of the missing boy in a rural area about an hour south of Akron, but nothing was found.
"I've met the family and, as you can imagine, it's unimaginable sorrow – epic levels that can not be expressed in words," said Mandal Haas, the county coroner Carroll, at a press conference Friday.
Even before the discovery of the teenager's body, Jo Hepner, Minard's aunt, said that her parents were "devastated".
"His mother is ready to make a crisis, his father is too and they feel helpless because they can not do anything," Hepner told WEWS.
Authorities would provide little detail at a press conference Friday, preferring to wait until the end of the investigation.
"The Carroll County Sheriff's Office will continue to gather evidence until the end of the investigation," the group said in a statement. "We ask the public and the media to respect the space and privacy of the Minard family at this time."
ABC Winsor Morgan Winsor contributed to this report.