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Sheriff: Body of Wis. toddler found in car trunk


CENTURIA, Wis. (KTTC) -- The Polk County, Wis. Sheriff says the body of a 2-year-old reported missing was found in the trunk of a locked vehicle near his family's home late Wednesday night.

Sheriff Pete Johnson says Isaiah Theis was located by a deputy around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, just before the owner of the vehicle attempted to remove it from the area.

Officials say, at this point, there is no word on whether the owner of the car has been questioned, arrested, or is considered a suspect in the child's death.

Searchers had looked into and around the vehicle several times during the day, but Sheriff Johnson says law enforcement had been told the car had been locked previous to the boy disappearing. They assumed, based on that information, that it was extremely unlikely Isaiah was inside.

Johnson did not officially call the boy's death suspicious, but says "the death of an otherwise healthy 2-year-old boy requires a complete and thorough investigation as to any possible cause, whether that cause is accidental or criminal."

Authorities say a full autopsy being performed on Isaiah Theis will go a long way towards explaining how he may have died.

The investigation into the toddler's death is being conducted by the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, The Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office.


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