Carroll County sheriff makes arrest in connection to 14-year-old boy’s homicide

Carroll County deputies haul homicide suspect into custody, five months after teen's disappearance

CARROLL COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office confirmed deputies made an arrest in connection to the death of 14-year-old Jonathan Minard.

On Wednesday, 30-year-old Matthew Little was taken into custody.

Sheriff Dale Williams described Little’s reaction to the arrest. He said, “In my opinion, he didn’t seem concerned.”

Authorities say the two knew each other. Carroll County Prosecutor Steve Barnett said, “Jonathan had spent time working with Mr. Little on a family farm.”

A 14-year-old's body was found buried this past April on a Carroll County farm. Police got a break in the case, and have made an arrest.

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The Sheriff’s Office said Minard was last seen in the afternoon of Saturday, April 13 milking cows at a farm near New Harrisburg.

According to investigators, Minard complained of a toothache and said he was going to call his mom to go home.

However, the sheriff said his mother never got that call.

Volunteers helped conduct searches until police discovered his body on April 19 in a shallow grave on a Washington Township farm about seven miles away from where he was last seen, according to the sheriff.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said the death was a homicide, and a complete autopsy and toxicological test performed at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office showed the teen died of “acute fentanyl intoxication.”

Sheriff Williams said Little was arrested at the farm on Mobile Road on Wednesday around 3 p.m. by Sheriff deputies and is currently incarcerated at the Carroll County Jail.

The Sheriff confirmed the farm Little was arrested at was the same one where Minard was found dead.

Carroll County court records show Matthew H. Little has a history of criminal charges stemming from 2012, including drug possession, drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, using weapons while intoxicated, and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

Matthew Herbert Little (Source: Carroll County Sheriff's Office)
Matthew Herbert Little (Source: Carroll County Sheriff's Office)

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