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Body Found Thursday Identified as Missing Teen Noah Graddy

Updated: 03/21/2014 7:32 PM
Created: 03/21/2014 4:23 PM KAALtv.com

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Friday afternoon Dodge County Sheriff Jim Jensen confirmed a body found Thursday morning is that of Noah Graddy.

His body was found on rail property just east of the Kasson city limits. It's an area that crews had previously searched on multiple occasions.

Although a final autopsy report will take weeks, the medical examiner report shows no trauma to the body, and therefore it is not being investigated as a homicide.

The 15-year-old Graddy was last seen at a friend's home in Byron in January. He hadn't been heard from since. Authorities had called his disappearance suspicious.

The search was being done by members of the Kasson Police Department, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. 

Olmsted County Sheriff Dave Mueller said a large amount of snow hindered the search. At one point the state patrol helicopter was used, but was ineffective.

We looked into weather conditions, and the day after Graddy was last seen, the air temperature was 17 below zero.  Total snowfall in the area since his disappearance was around 30".

Sheriff Mueller says favorable weather conditions aided in the search and recovery of Graddy's body.

Friday afternoon the Graddy family released the following statement:

"The Graddy family would like to send out our heartfelt thanks to everyone that has reached out and supported us during this very difficult time and also for the love and support that we continue to receive.  

As we mourn the loss of Noah, we would like to respectfully ask local media outlets to allow us to grieve privately and ask that you direct all media inquires and questions to local law enforcement that handled the investigation.

At this time we will not be releasing any further statements or be speaking out publicly.  

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in respecting our privacy during this very difficult time. "

We have a reporter speaking with the sheriff, and will bring you the latest on ABC 6 News at 6.