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Body of missing teen found

Body of missing teen found Body of missing teen found

A week after a Corydon teenager was reported missing, his body was found within about a mile of his home.

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., along with the FBI and Secret Service, had been looking for 14-year-old Jacob McCarty since he was reported missing by his father, Jeremiah McCarty, on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

According to police, the teen was last seen at approximately 4 p.m. that day at his home. He had left home to take his dog, Isabella, a German shepherd, on a walk in the woods near his home.

Harrison County Sheriff Nick Smith had shared in a Facebook video post that the police department has searched the area by ground and by air numerous times and had utilized K-9 teams as well but had been unable to find the teen.

In a press release issued last Tuesday night, the sheriff’s department said it had received information from a person who said she may have seen Jacob and his dog walking west along Interstate 64 just after 5 p.m. on Sept. 21. This was followed by a business owner who provided security camera footage showing what appeared to be a person walking along I-64 just after 5 p.m. that same day.

Based on this information, a search of this new area was conducted. Detectives subsequently located the bodies of the teen and his dog near a wooded area south of I-64 and west of S.R. 337.

According to the press release, detectives and deputies from the sheriff’s department, the Harrison County coroner and the Indiana State Police processed and documented the scene.

Harrison County Coroner Jeremy McKim said, “A post-mortem examination was completed on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. at Harrison County Hospital by a forensic pathologist. The results of the post-mortem examination indicate Jacob’s cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death is currently pending, awaiting results of further forensic testing.”

The sheriff’s department’s press release went on to say that “detectives do not currently suspect foul play, although Jacob’s cause of death will be determined upon completion of an autopsy.”

The arrangements for the necropsy of Jacob’s dog Isabella are being handled by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.

Smith had said in his video post that the teen had an online gaming presence and police had reason to believe, with the information they had collected, the boy had met someone online and intended to meet them in person.

Police had reviewed hundreds of hours of video surveillance footage from businesses and residences in surrounding areas and had been unable to find Jacob until last Tuesday.

“We ask that each of you pray for Jacob’s father and all those involved in his life,” the press release continued. “This is a devastating time and a hard road that follows for Jacob’s loved ones.”

Many Corydon Central High School students wore red shirts at Friday night’s football game in memory of Jacob.