'Our hearts bleed': US teen found dead after running away because his parents took his phone

13-year-old Corey Brown
13-year-old Corey Brown Photo credit: Marshalltown Police Department

An Iowa teenager was found dead, five days after running away from home during a blizzard because he was angry his parents had taken his phone.

Corey Brown's body was discovered in a secluded area, west of his hometown of Marshalltown, according to local law enforcement. He was 13 years-old.

Marshalltown's mayor, Joel Greer released a written statement with his condolences to Corey's family, reports the Des Moines Register.

"Our hearts bleed for the Brown family," he wrote on Sunday. "The whole city and all well-wishers will keep them in our thought and continue our prayers for them."

Corey ran away from home last Tuesday, after a "disciplinary discussion" ended with the confiscation of his phone, reports the Des Moines Register.

Concern for the teenager grew quickly, as temperatures dropped and several inches of snow fell. Friday's low was -12degC, according to the National Weather Service.

Hundreds of people donned snowsuits and boots offered to help search for Corey, but were graciously turned away by police in favour of 12 trained experts.

Neighbours were asked to check their sheds and garages for any sign of Corey, to see if he was hiding from the brutal weather.

Sadly, he hadn't taken shelter.

Local man Jonathan Bizios told the Des Moines Register the community is "devastated".

"I think the majority of us were expecting some better news. I guess that's kind of human nature - to think the best."

Police are not suspicious of criminal activity, but they are investigating multiple scenarios surrounding Corey's death.



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