Police determined to find missing 14-year-old boy from Port Clinton


Harley Dilly, Port Clinton Police

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PORT CLINTON, Ohio (WJW) — The nationwide search for a missing Port Clinton boy who disappeared while walking to school last Friday continues.

The FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are now involved in the search for 14-year-old Harley Dilly.

Dilly was leaving for school on Dec. 20 between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. He was wearing glasses, gray sweatpants, a maroon puffy jacket and black tennis shoes.

More than 70 first responders searched a wooded 150-acre area of Port Clinton on Thursday but found nothing.

A still picture from a security camera was released, but there was little information about where the camera is located.

On Friday new fliers of the teen went out and, with the help of more than 2,000 volunteers and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, were posted all across Ottawa County.

Police are begging for any tips from anyone who may have seen Dilly in the last week, hoping and believing that he is alive and that he will be ok, until proven otherwise.

"We're continuing to get tips from all over the United States and we're tracking them down with agencies in those jurisdictions," Port Clinton Police Chief Robert Hickman said on Friday.

The chief says the command centers will be running around the clock until Dilly is found.  The department will be holding daily press conferences, at 3 p.m., to provide updates on the search.

Authorities also encourage everyone in Port Clinton to turn on their porch lights for Dilly, hoping he sees them and knows it's safe to seek help there.

Dilly's parents have issued the following statement:

“We want to thank all the agencies and all the people from the community who have assisted in searching for our son Harley from now and through the holiday season. As you can imagine our family is terribly distraught at this time. This is not the Christmas wish we had hoped for. We pray for the safe return of our son, Harley. Harley if you hear/read this, please come home we missed you, your family miss you. You are not in trouble. We love you. Thank you one and all for the continued effort and work you are doing, and for all your thoughts and prayers. Pray, share, keep your eyes open.”

Anyone with information is urged to call the Port Clinton Police Department at 419-734-3121 or National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST. There is a reward for tips leading to his return.

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