Police are now offering a reward of $10,000 to anyone who gives information about a missing teen who disappeared on his way to school more than two weeks ago.
Also, records show that police were called to the teen’s home five times over the past three years, including multiple times for reports of an “unruly juvenile.”
We had previously reported that Harley Dilly, 14, was last seen on December 20, as he left for school between 6 am and 7 am. He was reported missing at 11.50 pm the next day.
The Port Clinton Police Department (PCPD) posted a photograph taken from a street camera in the area between Harley’s residence on E. 5th Street and the Port Clinton High & Middle School campus showing the teen making his way to the school. However, the footage could not help cops get any lead.
In the following days, approximately 75 law enforcement agencies, fire & rescue departments at the local, county, state and federal levels, as well as search and rescue canine teams assisted the PCPD to search more than 150 acres for the teen but again came up with no new leads.
His disappearance came a month after the police were called to the 14-year-old’s home after receiving reports of a “family issue.”
Police Chief Rob Hickman told the Port Clinton News-Herald that the boy “does not warm up to people quickly” and that they got involved after he became “upset over an incident that happened at home.”
“We showed up. The problem was resolved. Nobody was arrested. It was just a family issue,” he said.
When questions were raised on why he was only reported missing more than a day after he was last seen, Hickman said Harley leaving the residence after a conflict was not a rare occurrence and that the teen would usually stay out overnight.
He also insisted that the family was not under suspicion as they had “fully cooperated” and that they had “no reason to believe they are involved.”
Harley was last seen wearing glasses, grey sweatpants, a maroon “puffy” jacket, and black tennis shoes. His height is 4’9”, weighs 100 lbs, has brown hair and green eyes. Police believe he is in grave danger, according to the Daily Mail.
The $10,000 being offered as a reward has been mainly contributed by local organizations, including the Bikers Against Abused And Neglected Children (B.A.A.N.C.) and owners and employees of Fisherman’s Wharf and BeYoutiful Hair/Nail Salon.
The Fisherman’s Wharf has also set up a GoFundMe page to raise donations that will help the Port Clinton police and other authorities continue their search for the teen.
Anyone with information regarding Harley’s whereabouts has been advised to contact the Port Clinton Police Department at (419) 734-3121 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.
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