CARROLL COUNTY, Ohio — A man charged in the death of a 14-year-old Carroll County boy has been released after posting a $100,000 cash bond.
Matthew Little, 30, was indicted last month on 15 charges including involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, endangering children, corrupting another with drugs and gross abuse of a corpse.
It’s been nearly six months since Jonathon Minard's body was found buried in a shallow grave on a farm in Washington Township on April 19.
According to the Carroll County Coroner, Minard died from acute fentanyl intoxication and his death was ruled a homicide.
Part of the indictment states Little "did knowingly, by any means, furnish or administer a controlled substance... and the drug involved was fentanyl or a compound, mixture or substance containing fentanyl."
Within days of Minard’s disappearance on April 13, authorities said they identified Little as a person of interest in the case, but did not publicly name him until the indictment was handed down.
Over the course of the investigation, Little was questioned by investigators at least twice.
According to family members, Little picked Minard up and took him to a farm to help milk cows, but the teen vanished shortly thereafter.
The disappearance led to massive searches of the area in hopes of finding Minard alive. His family’s worst fears were realized when his body was found on the same farm days later.