When searchers on Monday entered the house, which is near the listed address of Harley’s family’s home, they found the boy’s glasses and jacket on the second floor before discovering his remains inside the chimney.
“It appears Harley climbed … to the roof and entered the chimney,” Hickman explained. “Once in the chimney, Harley’s jacket and glasses were pushed from the chimney through a flue and into the second floor of the house. The chimney was blocked between the second and first floor, which trapped Harley.”
An autopsy will be performed on Tuesday, but there is no evidence of foul play, according to Hickman.
The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation, part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, issued an advisory at 7:58 a.m. on Tuesday to end the hunt for Dilly, who vanished on his way to school on Dec. 20 in Port Clinton, about 80 miles west of downtown Cleveland.
“THE CHILD HAS BEEN RECOVERED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE,” said the advisory.
Dilly’s 26-year-old sister, Ashlyn Dilly, said in a Facebook post that her family has received grim news.
“R.I.H. Harley Dilly and fly high, confirmed by the PD both out there and here in my town” she wrote with seven emojis of a crying face.