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Missing juvenile found dead, police do not expect foul play

On Sept. 28, Harrison County Detectives received information from a citizen who saw a post regarding a missing 14-year-old juvenile named Jacob McCarty and his German Shepard, Isabella. The citizen told police that she may have seen McCarty walking his dog along Interstate 64 heading westbound just after 5 p.m. on Sept. 21.


Shortly after, detectives received information from a Harrison County business owner who provided security camera footage displaying what appeared to be a person walking along Interstate 64 just after 5 p.m. on Sept. 21, the day McCarty went missing. Based on this information, a search of the new area was conducted, and detectives located the deceased bodies of McCarty and his dog near a wooded area off Interstate 64, west of the Harrison County Hospital. Detectives and deputies from the Harrison County Sheriff's Department along with the Harrison County Coroner and Indiana State Police thoroughly processed and meticulously documented the scene.


Detectives do not currently suspect foul play, although Jacob's cause of death will be determined upon completion of an autopsy. Officials will provide more information as it becomes available. McCarty's father was notified and briefed of all information known by law-enforcement.


"We ask that each of you pray for Jacob's father and all those involved in his life," the Harrison County Sheriff's Department said in a press release. "This is a devastating time and a hard road that follows for Jacob's loved ones."