'We are saddened': Marshalltown School releases a statement on Corey Brown’s tragic death

Jaimie-lee Prince
Jan 29, 2019
03:54 P.M.
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Corey Brown, the Iowa teenager who passed away last week, was remembered by his school district on Sunday.


Brown was just 13 when he ran away from his home in Marshalltown, Iowa. He had argued with his parents just before he left. They took his phone from him but later said it wasn't a fight.

During the three days he disappeared, cold temperatures plagued the area. Brown was found at 10:45 am on Sunday morning. He was wearing the same clothes as when he left home.


The Marshalltown Community School District was one of the first to pay tribute to the lost boy.

Their statement read:

“We are saddened to learn of the death of one of our students. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the Brown family and those close to Corey."

It continued, mentioning an offer of assistance to students who may need it:

"He was loved by many and will be deeply missed. We will continue to offer additional counselors at Miller Middle School and Marshalltown High School to assist those in need.”


According to Marshalltown police, Brown's body was found on the west side of Marshalltown. There was no evidence of foul play, however, all possibilities are being considered.

An autopsy will be done later this week to determine the cause of death. Meanwhile, Brown will be remembered for the short but memorable time he was with his family.

Friends say the young boy loved to bowl and just have fun like other kids. Community members posted up over 1,000 flyers in the days after Brown went missing.


Brown's older brother Sammy also went to Marshalltown High School. His mother Michelle works there. A senior resident named Abby Brennecke said the town was now "Corey strong" and will support his family.

In another horrific tragedy, Amber Peat's body was found early on Tuesday morning. The young girl, also 13, had been in a fight with her mom about household chores.

Peat ran away after she and her mother argued over a cool box that the teenager was supposed to clean. Nearly eight hours later, her parents called the police.


An inquest confirmed that Peat was in proper health when she ran away. She wasn't mistreated but had moved several times before.

Earlier this month, a tragedy ended more happily when Jayme Closs was found alive three months after she was abducted. The 13-year-old escaped her parents' killer and was found on the street.

She was miles away from home in Gordon within Douglas County. Closs was able to describe her abductor to the authorities and get him arrested. She stayed by relieved relatives after the authorities determined she was in good health.


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