Body of missing 14-year-old Carroll County boy found buried on farm in Washington Township

CARROLL COUNTY, Ohio -- Authorities discovered the body of a missing 14-year-old Carroll County boy buried on a farm in Washington Township Friday morning.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office made the heartbreaking announcement during a press conference Friday afternoon.

Officials say investigators found the body of Jonathon E. Minard around 10:15 a.m. Friday.

This discovery comes after days of investigating.

Minard was reported missing on Saturday after he had gone with  a 29-year-old friend  to that friend's family farm to help milk cows, something the teenager's aunt said they did numerous times before.

That friend earlier this week described by Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams as a person of interest in the investigation but when asked Friday if that remains the case the sheriff refused to give an answer.

The 29-year-old man has a criminal record with mostly drug offenses and was the last person to see Minard. He is not in custody.

The sheriff's office said the discovery of Minard's body is just the first step in their investigation.  They will continue to evaluate all evidence in its entirety. At the appropriate time there may be criminal charges pressed based on said evidence.

Officials said no additional information will be provided at this time as they "will not compromise the investigation."

However, the sheriff's office does send their thoughts and support out to the Minard family.

Continuing coverage of this story, here.

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