Death of Missing Teen Ruled as Homicide by Fentanyl: Report

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July 8, 2019US News
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Death of Missing Teen Ruled as Homicide by Fentanyl: Report
Jonathon Minard went missing on April 13, 2019, in Carroll County, Ohio. He was found dead 6 days later. (Carroll County Sheriff's Office)

The death of missing 14-year-old Jonathon Minard has been ruled as a homicide by acute fentanyl intoxication, the Carroll county coroner and sheriff’s offices said.

“Homicide, in death investigation and forensic medicine, simply means that the death was caused by the actions or omissions of another person,” Carroll County Coroner Dr. Mandal Haas said in a statement published on Facebook July 8. “Some of these deaths may be subject to criminal prosecution, others are not.”

Prosecuting Attorney Steven D. Barnett said the investigation is still ongoing and will take “appropriate legal action” when the investigation concludes.

“I also want the public to know that they are safe,” Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams said in the statement. “There is no suggestion that the public is in danger or that there are any ongoing threats to public safety.”

The Ohio teen went missing on April 13 while visiting a farm in New Harrisburg where he helped milk cows at a farm owned by the father of a 29-year-old friend.

His body was found six days later buried in a shallow grave in Washington Township about 7 miles from where he was last seen.

Minard’s 29-year-old friend was named by Williams prior to the discovery of the body as a person of interest but the man has not been arrested.

Williams told reporters at a press conference in April that the discovery of the body is the first step in the investigation and that officials will evaluate all the evidence and decide on criminal charges based on the evidence, reported Fox 8.

Williams declined to answer when asked if the friend remains a person of interest and said no additional information would be made available, saying officials “will not compromise the investigation.”

Background

Officials said previously that Minard helped with milking at the farm near New Harrisburg on April 12 and went home after 3 p.m. He returned to the farm after 1:30 p.m. the next day.

According to people on the farm, the boy complained about a toothache and said that he was going to call his mother to pick him up and take him home.

That was the last time he was seen.

“His mom never received that call,” Williams, the sheriff, told WKYC.

Area residents said they were heartbroken at hearing the news of the body being found.

“We were hoping he ran away or something; that’s what we were hoping for but that wasn’t the case,” Carroll County resident Bill Burrier told Fox 8. “Just the nicest little kid, and he’d sit there and fish with me. I don’t see how anybody could do that to a 14-year-old.”

“It’s just devastating, a small boy like that, you know, heart-wrenching for his family, I’m sure for his parent and anybody that knew him,” added Carrollton resident Mary Johnson.

Shanta Teeters of Carroll County said that she’d always remember Jonathon as a fun-loving kid who was often out and about in her aunt’s neighborhood.

“I can’t imagine what his mom is going through,” Teeters told WOIO. “He was always walking around Delroy, just out in the summertime and stuff. Just like an everyday kid would be.”

Teeters said her uncle was part of the search party that was looking for the boy. All the volunteers are upset about the body being discovered, she added.

“Everybody’s in shock, I think everybody is saddened, we feel for the family and we just want to see the person who did it pay for it,” added county resident Terry Cheuvron.

Victor Westerkamp contributed to this article.

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