Toddler Found In Trunk: Was Isaiah Theis Death Murder Or Negligence?

By Staff Reporter on July 19, 2013 5:19 PM EDT

Toddler Found In Trunk
Volunteers search for Isaiah Theis. Toddler Found In Trunk on Wednesday evening. Chief Deputy Steve Moe does not rule out foul play. (Photo: YouTube)

A toddler was found in the trunk of a car, confirmed Wisconsin authorities on Friday. 2-year-old Isaiah Theis succumbed to the intense heat and died of hyperthermia. The mother of Isaiah Theis initially reported that her boy was missing on Tuesday while he was playing with his 7-year-old brother at their Centuria, Wisconsin, home.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Department, preliminary findings from an autopsy revealed that the toddler was developing normally and was well-nourished. Theis exhibiting no indication of broken bones, traumatic injury, or disease. Toxicology tests are still pending.

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An all-day search was conducted Wednesday amid the extremely high temperatures of a heatwave. 2,450 civilian volunteers helped the Theis family search among the Centuria woods and surroundings. Eventually, the toddler was found in a trunk by a deputy Wednesday evening. The vehicle was parked just outside the boy's home and belonged to a customer of Isaiah Theis' father, who owns an auto shop on the property.

Sheriff Peter Johnson claimed authorities had searched inside the car and around the area many times. Unfortunately, no one bothered to open the trunk.

A press conference was held following the discovery. Chief Deputy Steve Moe told reporters that his officers failed to check the trunk because the team of searchers operated under the assumption that Isaiah had wandered off. What's more, the cars were locked so it is a mystery as to how Isaiah managed to crawl into a trunk compartment.

Chief Deputy Moe did not speculate how the toddler was found in a trunk put will not place foul play off the table.

Paul Krey, Isaiah's grandfather, told KARE-TV that the Theis children play among the auto shop all the time and an accident has never occurred.

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