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Officials probe how dead Wis. toddler got in trunk


BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- Some of the thousands of people who searched for 2-year-old Isaiah Theis showed up to two vigils Thursday night in Polk County. Community members lit candles and shared stories about a boy many never met.

This came the same day authorities said Isaiah was found in a trunk of a vehicle parked on the family property. An investigator says he wishes searchers had thought earlier of forcing open the trunk of a car where the western Wisconsin toddler was found dead.

A deputy found the body of Isaiah 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 but he doesn't expect results Thursday.

The community of the St. Croix Valley is invited to attend prayer and candlelight services in response to the death of Isaiah.

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