A nightmare ending to the story of a 13-year-old Iowa boy who ran away from home: Corey Brown was found dead Sunday morning. He ran away after a "disciplinary discussion" with his parents Tuesday night during which his phone was taken away, police say, though the police chief tells the Washington Post it was simply a "typical discussion about household rules" and not a "fight" or "argument." His parents realized he was missing early Wednesday and an intense search ensued; concern for the eighth-grader was high due to snow that fell Tuesday and Wednesday, plus three consecutive days of below-zero temperatures immediately after his disappearance, the Des Moines Register reports. Police say the Marshalltown boy's body was found in a secluded area about a mile away from his home and that no criminal activity was suspected, but gave no further details on the circumstances surrounding his death or the discovery of his body, other than to say multiple scenarios were under investigation.
Brown's family asked through police that their privacy be respected, and no friends or neighbors have commented on the details. His tearful parents and 16-year-old brother had pleaded with him to come home at a press conference Thursday, per the Gazette: "Corey, if you’re out there bud, you’re not in trouble, just come home," said his dad. Echoed his mom, "Please, please just come home. We want you safe at home. We love you so much." "Our hearts bleed for the Brown family," Marshalltown's mayor said in a statement after the boy's body was found. The school district also expressed its condolences in a statement, noting Corey "was loved by many and will be deeply missed." Counselors will be available to assist students at the local middle school and high school, the statement said. (Another boy who recently went missing was found alive after two days.)