It is unclear why Dilly would have gone into the home.
Police in Port Clinton, Ohio confirmed Tuesday morning that they had located the body that they believe is that of 14-year-old Harley Dilly who has been missing since December 20.
Police believe 4ft 9in, 100lb Dilly "climbed an antenna tower to the roof and entered the chimney". "Since there is a lockbox and anyone can go in and out of the house, we went inside to check the house", Hickman said. "This is not the outcome anyone wanted, but thanks for your help and support".
Shortly after he walked out of the home, all the police vehicles left the scene. Hickman sent out a news release after 8 p.m. stating that Dilly, at that point, was still missing. Anyone who has information about Harley is asked to call the police. Family members were notified at about 3 a.m. Tuesday that he was dead.
On the second floor, they found Dilly's jacket and glasses next to a brick chimney and his body caught inside.
"The chimney is between the second and third floors and is 9 by 13 inches", said Hickman. Hickman said foul play is not suspected and Harley's death "appears to be an accident".
Chief Hickman shouldered the weight of this investigation, which has resulted in a tragic loss for the community of Port Clinton. The final autopsy report is awaiting the toxicology report. There was a lock box, doors were secured, ' the police chief said in the news conference Tuesday. They went back, the chief said, because they were simply re-canvassing the area.
"Nothing led us to believe there was anybody in the house", Hickman said. "There was no forced entry. We had to get two keys to actually enter the house from the homeowner". "No case is tougher than when a kid goes missing".
"I promise myself not to break down today", Hickman said.
Detectives told Live PD on A&E that Harley had a strict schedule for eating foods, he bathed several times a day and often stayed around his home.
Officers who responded to the home had to calm the boy down but gave no additional information about the incident.
Investigators released a surveillance image of the last known sighting of Dilly crossing the street in front of his home on the 500 block of E. 5th Street wearing a thin maroon puffy jacket. He did not say how long Harley had been in the chimney and said he was waiting on the coroner to determine that.
"It is our prayer that our community unites in this very hard and trying time", the pastor said.