Police impound car believed to have been connected to death of 16-year-old Collin Barton.
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Police impound car believed to have been connected to death of 16-year-old Collin Barton.
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Police impound car believed to have been connected to death of 16-year-old Collin Barton.
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Police impound car believed to have been connected to death of 16-year-old Collin Barton.
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MILFORD, Ohio - Police have impounded a car that they believe may have hit and killed Collin Barton early Sunday morning.

The body of the missing 16-year-old was found Tuesday afternoon along Wooster Pike in Columbia Township.

His parents reported him missing Sunday after he failed to return to his Terrace Park home after visiting a friend's house in Columbia Township the night before.

Several searches were conducted but there was no sign of the teen until Tuesday afternoon. Milford police say a 23-year-old man filed a report Sunday morning indicating he had hit an "unknown object", possibly a deer, around 7a.m. that day on his way home from work.

Officers searched the area but found nothing, and Barton had not been reported missing at that time. Investigators did not put the accident report together with the missing teen until the officer who took the original report came back on duty Tuesday afternoon.

Police searched the area around the accident scene and found Barton's body around 3 p.m. Tuesday, approximately 15 feet off the roadway down an embankment.

Police impounded the car Tuesday afternoon and questioned the driver but no charges have been filed. We are not naming the driver because he has not been charged.

Investigators are also waiting for autopsy results to help with the investigation.

The Barton family asked for privacy but thanked the public for their outpouring of support. They asked that donations be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and any other memorials go to Mariemont High School where Collin was a junior.

Hundreds of people attended a memorial for Barton Tuesday evening at Mariemont High School.

On Wednesday afternoon, Sean Barton issued a public statement and urged parents and their children to communicate more .

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