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Police confirm body of missing teen was found in landfill

Forensic experts continued to work to identify a body found in a Crawford County landfill Tuesday. Officials and family member suspect it may be that of Skylar Bentely, 14, of Mount Gilead, who was last seen on Sunday. (WSYX/WTTE)

UPDATE: MOUNT GILEAD, Ohio (WSYX) - Police have identified the body found in a Crawford County landfill as the missing Mount Gilead boy.

On Friday, police said they were still waiting on a toxicology report to determine whether the death was an accident. The family was notified Thursday night.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

Forensic experts continued to work to identify a body found in a Crawford County landfill Tuesday. Officials and family member suspect it may be that of Skylar Bentely, 14, of Mount Gilead, who was last seen on Sunday.

His parents reported him missing on Monday morning when they awoke for work and school and found he was not at home. Surveillance video shows him climbing into a dumpster behind Mount Gilead Middle School around 5:15 Monday morning. Trash workers emptied the dumpster around 8:30 a.m. and saw no trace of the teen.

"There was no sounds, nothing out of the ordinary," said Brian Zerman, police chief. "He was never seen in the video getting back out of the dumpster."

That led to a six-hour search at a landfill in Crawford County Tuesday, in which a body was discovered under 600 tons of garbage.

The Lucas County coroner in Toledo is working to identify the body and may need to use dental records. Police anticipate getting an identification Thursday.

Bentley's parents told police their son had suffered from depression in the past.

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