NEW INFORMATION: ME: Wis. boy likely died soon after disappearing

By: AP and WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: AP and WEAU 13 News Staff Email

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- A medical examiner says a 2-year-old western Wisconsin boy who died in a locked trunk likely died soon after his family reported him missing.

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

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office says changes in Isaiah's body "were consistent with him dying soon after the time he was last known to be alive."

Public visitation for Isaiah will be held Tuesday at Trollhaugen ski resort in Dresser. A private funeral is scheduled Wednesday in St. Croix Falls.

The family's pastor tells the Star Tribune that the boy likely climbed into the car trunk himself after grabbing the keys.
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POLK COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU)--The Polk County Sheriff has confirmed the key for the car that 2-year-old Isaiah Theis was located in, was found inside the trunk with him.

Deputies discovered the boy's body in the trunk last week on his family's property near Centuria. A preliminary autopsy shows the toddler died from hyperthermia. Sheriff Peter Johnson says they are still investigating how the boy got in the trunk.

The Sheriff also says he has had several calls from people asking the time of death for the boy but says the medical examiner told him there is no way to find out the exact time of death.

A visitation for Isaiah will be held on Tuesday, followed by a funeral on Wednesday.
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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 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, tells the Star Tribune that the boy likely climbed into the car trunk himself after grabbing the keys.


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