DODGE CO., Minn. – The body found by southern Minnesota authorities Thursday has been confirmed as that of a missing Byron teen.
15-year-old Noah Graddy had been missing since January. Law enforcement officials say while looking for the teen Thursday they found a body on a Rail Road property west of 260 Avenue in Dodge County.
The medical examiner conducted an autopsy Friday morning that showed there was no trauma to the body. Authorities are confident that Noah did not die from homicidal violence.
Officials were able to confirm the body is Noah’s through dental records.
Below is a statement we received from Noah’s family.
“The Graddy family would like to send out our heartfelt thanks to everyone that has reached out and supported us during this very difficult time and also for the love and support that we continue to receive. As we mourn the loss of Noah, we would like to respectfully ask local media outlets to allow us to grieve privately and ask that you direct all media inquires and questions to local law enforcement that handled the investigation.At this time we will not be releasing any further statements or be speaking out publicly. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in respecting our privacy during this very difficult time. ”