Ohio Boy, 14, Vanished from Farm Days Ago — and Ex-Con, 29, Is Person of Interest

The disappearance of a 14-year-old boy is now being handled as a criminal investigation — and authorities say there’s a person of interest in the case.

Jonathon E. Minard has been missing since Saturday, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office announced in a news release obtained by PEOPLE.

Minard disappeared while helping a 29-year-old man on a farm in New Harrisburg, Fox8, the Free Press Standard and the Canton Repository report. The man, who has a criminal record of mainly drug offenses, is the person of interest. He has not been publicly named.

The man told investigators that Minard had been helping him milk cows when he said he had a tooth ache and wanted to call his mom to go home. He and Minard walked back to the man’s home to make the call, the man said — but Minard’s mother never received the call and the boy subsequently vanished, the Repository reports.

No arrests have been made as of Thursday, the Standard and Repository report.

Sheriff Dale Williams told local station WKYC that since the investigation, he has had trouble sleeping.

“We’re talking about a 14 year old, this kid didn’t hurt anybody, he isn’t a boy who gets into a lot of trouble,” Williams said. “It’s something that really works on you.”

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Minard’s aunt Jo Hepner gave an emotional interview to WKYC and pleaded for her nephew’s safe return.

“If you seriously know where he’s at and what has happened to him, please tell us. We’re begging you, I mean, this is our last hope,” Hepner said. “Just help us please find him. That’s all I’m asking, tell us where he is.”

Minard is described as being 5 feet 7 inches and 145 lbs. He has brown hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing a blue hoodie with brown pants and boots. He does not have any form of ID on him.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at 330-627-2141.

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