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The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of 14-year-old Jonathan Minard of Dellroy a homicide caused by acute fentanyl intoxication.  

CARROLLTON (WJER) - Authorities have now ruled on a cause of death for a Carroll County boy whose body was found in April in a shallow grave at a farm in Washington Township.  

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that 14-year-old Jonathan Minard of Dellroy died as the result of “acute fentanyl intoxication,” listed as a homicide. Carroll County’s coroner says that simply means the death was caused by the actions or omissions of another person.  

Carroll County Prosecutor Steven Barnett says the coroner’s verdict must be considered with other investigative efforts of law enforcement.

Sheriff Dale Williams says his deputies are continuing to work on the case along with the FBI and Ohio BCI to gather and evaluate evidence. He adds that this takes time and they want to be thorough.  

Williams has previously said that they were questioning a person of interest, but made no arrests in connection to Minard's death.  

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