Missing Iowa child, 13, that left home angry because parents took away his phone was found dead

Junie Sihlangu
Jan 28, 2019
02:21 P.M.
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Last Tuesday, a teenage boy ran away from his home in an area near Marshalltown, Iowa after fighting with his parents during the cold weather. The boy was upset because his parents had taken his cell phone.


Now, five days later, the boy’s body has been found.

Corey Brown, 13, ran away from home during a snowstorm because he was angry that his parents took his phone away as punishment. Police searched for him and only found him dead on Sunday.


The teenager’s body was found at around 10.45 a.m. in a secluded area west of Marshalltown. A couple of inches of snow had fallen and the temperature had dropped below zero degrees last week while the boy was missing.


Around 14 agencies and “countless fire and EMS departments” were involved in the boy’s search. The Marshalltown Police Department stated in a Facebook post:

“At this time, there is no evidence or information that indicates criminal activity is connected to this missing person/death investigation.”


However, they added that the boy’s death was still and active investigation. Brown's family thanked the “public safety personnel, and volunteers, who worked diligently during the search for Corey.”


The eighth-graders family also asked for privacy as they mourn. They revealed that they wouldn’t be making any statements or interviews at this time.


In a statement in the afternoon, the Marshalltown Community School District said:

“Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the Brown family and those close to Corey. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed.”


Security footage showed that the young boy had left his parent’s home after being scolded. His parents, Michelle and Craig Brown held a news conference locally in the hopes of finding him.


In another missing person case, Casey Hathaway, 3, from North Carolina was found last Thursday after going missing for two days. He was discovered alive and in good health near the home he disappeared from.

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes said the toddler had been playing with two other children in his grandmother’s backyard in Ernul on Tuesday but failed to come inside with them.

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