During the morning hours of Thursday March 20th, officers from the Kasson Police Department, Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Dodge County Sheriff's Office were conducting a search for the 15 year old Byron student. The officers located a body on Rail Road property west of 260 Avenue in Dodge County.
A medical examiner from Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office responded to the scene and conducted an investigation. An autopsy was conducted this morning at the Medical Examiner's Office. The autopsy revealed that there was no trauma to the body. From these results we are confident that the cause of death was not from homicidal violence.
The Medical Examiner's Office confirmed through dental records that the body was that of Noah Graddy The case will remain under investigation pending receipt of the final autopsy report from the Medical Examiner's Office.
... 3-20-2014 ...
During a search for a missing 15 year old Byron student this morning (conducted by members of the Kasson Police Department, Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Dodge County Sheriff's Office), Deputies/Investigators located a body between Kasson and Byron in Dodge County.
The Medical Examiner's office has been called and will assist investigators in determining the cause of death. Positive identity of the subject will be made by the Medical Examiner's Office. We will release additional information when it becomes available.
PRESS STATEMENT FROM THE FAMILY OF NOAH GRADDY
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.