A Marshalltown teenager whose body was discovered Sunday fell to his death from “an undetermined distance” after climbing up a communications tower, police announced Wednesday.
Corey Brown, 13, ran away from his southside Marshalltown home late Jan. 22 after having words with his parents.
Police launched a missing person investigation and volunteers printed and distributed hundreds of flyers urging people to be on the lookout for him. Corey’s parents and brother pleaded in a news conference for him to return.
Sunday morning, Marshalltown police said a search team had found the eighth grader’s body on the west side of town, but disclosed little else.
Wednesday, police announced an autopsy by the State Medical Examiner showed the boy had suffered a “significant head injury and died because of a blunt force trauma injury.”
“Law enforcement search teams located Brown’s body at a communication tower site located in the 900-1000 block of West Iowa Avenue in Marshalltown,” a police statement said. “The investigation reveals that Brown climbed over a secure fence to enter the tower site. Brown then climbed onto the communication tower and fell from an undetermined distance. The fall resulted in a traumatic head injury.”
Police said the investigation still is underway and that the autopsy results are preliminary until toxicology test results are completed several weeks from now.
Investigators do not believe foul play was involved in the death.
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A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Marshalltown. The Mitchell Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.