Foul Play Not Suspected in Teen's Death

Updated: 03/21/2014 10:22 PM
Created: 03/21/2014 9:42 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- He's been missing for two months. Today authorities confirmed, the body found in rural Dodge County is that of 15-year-old Noah Graddy.

Noah's body was found Thursday on private railroad property outside of Kasson. The body was covered in deep snow in an area law enforcement had searched before. The weather may be key in determining what happened and why it took so long to find Noah.

Noah was last seen leaving a friend's home in Kasson on the morning of January 22nd. Temperatures were around 9 below zero. Since his disappearance, we've received more than 30 inches of snow. When his body was found Thursday east of Kasson on railroad property, investigators say it was buried in snow. An area that had been searched before, even by helicopter.

"They found something that kind of kept them in the area,” said Sheriff Jim Jensen, Dodge County.

The sheriff isn't saying what was found and it’s still unclear exactly how Noah died. We do know he was wearing the same clothes as the day he disappeared and his body showed no signs of trauma.

"Once the autopsy results final report comes in, that'll help conclude what the, which way the investigation goes,” said Sheriff Jensen.  

Noah’s family released this statement saying, "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."

"We would have preferred to be able to locate him alive, but at least we found and there can be some closure,” said Sheriff Jensen.

The sheriff says at this point the case is not being treated as a homicide. More questions should be answered when that final autopsy report is released. We're told that could take a few weeks.

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