Body found in wooded area identified as missing Youngstown teenager

Landon Lockhart, 14, of Youngstown
Landon Lockhart, 14, of Youngstown (Facebook)

A body found in a wooded area off of North Truesdale Avenue has been identified as missing 14-year-old Landon Lockhart, according to a Friday police report.

Lockhart was a student at Chaney Middle School and had been reported missing since Nov. 21, 2021.

City school district CEO Justin Jennings spoke out on behalf of the school district Friday afternoon.

“We send our thoughts and prayers to Landon’s family and will help the family connect with community resources to provide additional support.” Jennings said in a news release. “Our counselors are ready to provide grief counseling to YCSD scholars and staff. Our hearts are heavy over another senseless loss of a young life.”

The missing juvenile case has now been identified as an active and ongoing homicide investigation by the Youngstown Police Department and the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office, the police report stated.

City school families can reach out to the school district if their children need additional support, the news release said.

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