Missing 14-year-old from Corydon found dead near wooded area, sheriff’s office confirms

Jacob Cole McCarty, who was reported missing last Tuesday, was found dead by Harrison County...
Jacob Cole McCarty, who was reported missing last Tuesday, was found dead by Harrison County detectives.(Harrison County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 9:41 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2021 at 10:37 AM EDT
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CORYDON, Ind. (WAVE) - A Corydon teenager who was reported missing was found dead by Harrison County detectives. The Harrison County Coroner’s Office has determined his death was caused by a gunshot wound to the head.

Jacob McCarty, 14, was last seen at his home on September 21. Jacob went to walk his German Shepherd, Isabella, that afternoon and never returned home, according to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office.

One week later, the sheriff’s office received a new tip from someone who saw Jacob walking his dog along I-64 heading west around 5 p.m. last Tuesday.

Detectives worked with a nearby business to review security camera footage that confirmed a person walking in that location. Officers began to search the new area for Jacob and his dog.

The bodies of Jacob and his dog Isabella were found near a wooded area off of I-64 just west of the Harrison County Hospital, the sheriff’s office said.

After reviewing the scene with the Harrison County Coroner and Indiana State Police, the sheriff’s office said foul play is currently not suspected. The manner of death is currently pending, awaiting results of further forensic testing.

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

Jacob’s father has been notified and provided all information by law enforcement, the sheriff’s office confirmed.

“We ask that each of you pray for Jacob’s father and all those involved in his life,” Harrison County Sheriff’s Office said in a social media post. “This is a devastating time and a hard road that follows for Jacob’s loved ones.”

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