UPDATE: ME: Wis. boy likely died soon after going missing

UPDATED Tuesday, July 23, 2013 --- 2:34 p.m.

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.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, July 23, 2013 --- 9:40 a.m.

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.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Saturday, July 20, 2013 --- 7:23 p.m.

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.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, July 19, 2013 --- 4:12 p.m.

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. The manner of death is still under investigation.

Toxicology reports are pending.

The boy disappeared Tuesday night. A sheriff's deputy found his body in the trunk of a locked car outside the boy's home near Centuria late Wednesday evening after a day of blistering heat.

Copyright Associated Press 2013

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UPDATED Friday, July 19, 2013 --- 1:32 p.m.

On Thursday medical examiners in Ramsey, Minnesota performed an autopsy on 2-year-old Isaiah Theis.

In their preliminary findings, medical examiners determined that Isaiah was a normally developed, well nourished 2-year-old.

Isaiah did not have any signs of life threatening traumatic injuries and there were no breaks of fractures anywhere on his body.

As of right now the cause of death was determined as probable hyperthermia.

However the manner of death and toxicology reports are still pending

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UPDATED Thursday, July 18, 2013 --- 4:32 p.m.

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 but he doesn't expect results Thursday.

Copyright Associated Press 2013

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UPDATED Thursday July 18, 2013 at 10:23 a.m.

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.

Copyright Associated Press 2013

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UPDATED Thursday, July 18, 2013 --- 5:20 a.m.

Our news partner, WEAU in Eau Claire, reports missing 2-year-old Isaiah Theis was found dead just after 10 PM Wednesday night.

His body was discovered by a police officer.

More details on the case will be released Thursday morning.

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 17, 2013 --- 9:48 p.m.

Our news partner, WEAU in Eau Claire, reports that the search for Isaiah Theis has been suspended until 6:00 a.m. Thursday.

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 17, 2013 --- 6:23 p.m.

From our news partner, WEAU in Eau Claire:

City workers say about 1,000 people have come to town to search. The search is staging at an electric co-op building (directions below).

Isaiah Theis has been missing from his rural home near Centuria since last evening. His mother tells Polk County sheriff's deputies her son was last seen in the house playing with his brother. Family, friends and neighbors began a search for the boy after his parents realized he had wandered away.

Law enforcement was called and dozens of volunteers joined in the search until early this morning. That search resumed again at daybreak.

Sheriff Peter Johnson says searchers are conducting a slower, detailed search of some of the ground they covered Tuesday night. The sheriff is asking that volunteers report to the Polk-Burnet complex in Centuria.

From the south: take highway 8 to highway 35 north (not the interstate, if you get there, that's too far, the building is before St. Croix Falls and on the southern edge of Centuria).

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 17, 2013 --- 12:30 p.m.

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- Volunteer searchers continue to arrive to help look for a missing 2-year-old boy in Polk County.

Isaiah Theis has been missing from his rural home near Centuria since Tuesday evening. His mother tells Polk County sheriff's deputies her son was last seen in the house playing with his brother. Family, friends and neighbors began a search for the boy after his parents realized he had wandered away.

Law enforcement was called and dozens of volunteers joined in the search until early Wednesday morning. That search resumed again at daybreak.

Sheriff Peter Johnson says searchers are conducting a slower, detailed search of some of the ground they covered Tuesday night. The sheriff is asking that volunteers report to the Polk-Burnet complex in Centuria.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted, Wednesday, July 17, 2013 --- 7:05 a.m.

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- A search is resuming for a missing toddler in Polk County.

Justin Theis tells WCCO radio his 2-year-old son, Isaiah, wandered away from the family's rural home near Balsam Lake about 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Dozens of law enforcement officers and volunteers searched Tuesday night for the child until about 3 a.m. Wednesday. The searchers are heading back out to look for the boy early Wednesday morning.

Theis says he hopes his son is taking a nap in the corn fields and will find his way home soon.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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