updated 12/21/2004 12:53:50 PM ET 2004-12-21T17:53:50

The body of a boy believed to be that of a missing 9-year-old was discovered Tuesday on a mountain road about 1½ miles from his home, authorities said.

Logan Mitcheltree, who was described by family members as mentally handicapped, was last seen Saturday afternoon. His siblings told police he had been watching TV with them before he disappeared and was not wearing a jacket.

A state forester discovered the body shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday in the Tiadaghton State Forest, about 65 miles north of Harrisburg, officials said.

“There’s no reason to believe that it’s not his body,” said Mark Lusk, police chief in neighboring Old Lycoming Township.

No foul play was believed to be involved, authorities said.

The weather had turned sharply colder Sunday.

“As the hours went on, and the temperature went down, we knew the chances were slimmer and slimmer,” South Williamsport Mayor William Miller said.

Logan’s mother had told officials that the boy was hyperactive and had the mental state of a 3-year-old. Authorities on Sunday had described him as autistic.

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