Boy found dead days after leaving home in snowstorm during fight with parents over phone

A 13-year-old Iowa boy was found deceased on Sunday morning, days after he left his family home during an argument with his parents.

The body of Corey Brown was found in a secluded area on the west side of Marshalltown, Iowa, about a mile from his home on Jan. 27 around 10:45 a.m., according to KCCI

Brown was last seen around 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday night leaving his family home a few hours after he apparently had an argument with his parents that resulted in his cellphone being taken away. 

His disappearance launched a massive search effort by Marshalltown citizens, who posted fliers and hung green ribbons and lights outside their homes to show support for the missing boy and his family.

Brown's body was discovered days after his parents made an emotional plea for their son to come home during a televised press conference.

"Corey you know how much we love you, and I'm not gonna stop until we find you," his mother Michelle Brown said at the time.

"If you’re out there, bud, you’re not in trouble; just come home," his father added

Marshalltown Police Chief Michael Tupper said there is no evidence that indicates any criminal activity was involved in the boy's death, although the investigation is still ongoing.

"Anyone with kids has had discussions with their children about household rules," Tupper said. "This was a typical parent-teenager interaction. No anger. Nothing extraordinary." 

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