Update: Body ID'ed as missing teen from southeast Minnesota


A body found Thursday morning is that of missing 15-year-old Noah Graddy of Byron, Minnesota, KAAL TV reports.

The body was found by a law enforcement search team that was looking for Graddy in the snow Thursday morning between Kasson and Byron, roughly 10-15 miles west of Rochester.

The station says a final autopsy report will likely take weeks, but the medical examiner says there are no signs of trauma to the body – meaning his death is not being investigated as a homicide.

Earlier in the day, Dodge County Sheriff Jim Jensen declined to say if foul play was suspected.

The Graddy family released a statement, the station reports, thanking everyone who has reached out to offer their support. The family asks media to let them grieve privately, and adds they will not be speaking publicly for the time being.

Sgt. Tom Claymon of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday said Graddy was last seen on Jan. 21 by "a group of friends who say they were with him," the Rochester Post Bulletin. Graddy was alone when he left a residence in Kasson, investigators say.

Friends of Graddy's family earlier this week offered a $1,000 reward for information that would help bring the teen home, KTTC reported.

About a month ago, KAAL reported that investigators suspected that Graddy took money from his parents and ran away from home. They said then that they did not suspect that the disappearance was suspicious, and they believed Graddy had limited resources and was likely hiding out at someone’s house.

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