A Missing Teen’s Body May Have Been Found In Crawford County Landfill

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Police continued to investigate Wednesday after a body was found in a landfill in Bucyrus Tuesday afternoon.

While the body has yet to be identified, it’s believed to be that of a missing teenager. For now, police are still treating it as a missing person case.

The local residents here are mourning.

For Mount Gilead Police Chief Brian Zerman, this case started first thing Monday morning.

“Mom called in and told us her son was missing,” Zerman said.

The missing boy was Skylar Bentley, 14, last seen by his family on Sunday night.

A photo of him was posted on the Ohio Attorney General’s website. Zerman said all signs indicated Bentley was missing.

“Cellphone was still at home, book bag was still at home,” Zerman said. “Other than that, we really didn’t have a lot of information.”

A search near his home by a K-9 and officers turned up nothing. But police then learned about security camera footage from Mount Gilead Middle School that would lead them to search elsewhere.

The video showed Bentley getting into a dumpster at the rear of the school about 5:15 Tuesday morning, according to Zerman. The video never showed Bentley getting back out before a garbage truck came to empty the dumpster a couple of hours later.

Mount Gilead police enlisted help from several agencies including the Crawford and Morrow County Sheriff’s Offices, Galion police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, searching through hundreds of tons of trash at the Crawford County landfill in Bucyrus. There in the area, they found a male body.

“The clothing that was on the body matches,” Zerman said. “It was a male that was found.”

The body was taken to the Crawford County Coroner for an autopsy. It has yet to be positively identified. Zerman said no foul play is suspected. 

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