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Public visitation for Polk County toddler

Public visitation for Polk County toddler

 

07/23/2013 UPDATE:

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. (AP) _ A toddler whose disappearance in Polk County drew scores of volunteers to help in a search for the boy will be memorialized in a public visitation.

The body of 2-year-old Isaiah Theis (teyes) was found in the trunk of a car last week on his family's property near Centuria. A preliminary autopsy shows the toddler died from hyperthermia.

A visitation Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Trollhaugen ski resort in Dresser will be open to the public. A private funeral is scheduled Wednesday morning at Alliance Church of the Valley in St. Croix Falls.

The family's pastor, Rev. Rick Van Gundy, says that the boy likely climbed into the car trunk himself after grabbing the keys.

 

07/22/2013 UPDATE:

DRESSER, Wis. (AP) _ The pastor of a Wisconsin family whose 2-year-old boy was found dead in the trunk of a car says the toddler had the keys to the car with him.

The Rev. Rick Van Gundy of St. Peter's Community Church in Dresser says he got the information from the family of Isaiah Theis . He tells The Associated Press Isaiah had several sets of keys with him when a deputy found his body Wednesday in the trunk of a car on his parents' property, where the boy's father runs an auto repair business.

Preliminary autopsy results say Isaiah likely died of hyperthermia due to the heat.

Polk County investigators have not yet said how Isaiah got in the trunk when he disappeared Tuesday night from his home near Centuria in western Wisconsin.

07/20/2013 UPDATE:

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) _ Authorities say a Wisconsin toddler found dead in the trunk of a car likely died of hyperthermia.

The Polk County Sheriff's Department released a statement Friday afternoon summarizing preliminary results of an autopsy on 2-year-old Isaiah Theis. The autopsy found the boy was normally developed and well-nourished and had suffered no life-threatening injuries or bone fractures. He also wasn't sick.

The statement listed the cause of death as probable hyperthermia, a condition where body temperature spikes.

Toxicology reports are pending.

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07/19/2013 UPDATE:


BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) _ An investigator says he wishes searchers had thought earlier of forcing open the trunk of a car where a western Wisconsin toddler was found dead.

A deputy found the body of 2-year-old Isaiah Theis in the trunk of a car at his parents' home near Centuria Wednesday night. The father repairs cars there and the car belonged to a customer.

Polk County Chief Deputy Steve Moe tells reporters investigators didn't have access to keys to the cars. He says they had presumed the boy wandered off Tuesday night, which he had a tendency to do, and that all the customers' cars were locked.

Moe declined to speculate how Isaiah ended up in the trunk. He says the autopsy is being expedited.

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BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) _ Sheriff's officials say the body of a missing western Wisconsin toddler has been found in the trunk of a car near his home.

Two-year-old Isaiah Theis has been the subject of a widespread search since his disappearance Tuesday evening in Polk County.

The sheriff's department issued a statement Thursday which says searchers had looked into the locked vehicle and the area around it after the boy went missing from his home near Centuria. When the owner of the car arrived to remove it about 10 p.m. Wednesday, a deputy opened the trunk and found the boy's body.


Authorities say the cause and manner of the child's death is under investigation.

 

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