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#1 Hum

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 00:24

DRESSER, Wis. –  A 2-year-old Wisconsin boy who was found dead in the trunk of a car had the key to the vehicle with him, the family's pastor said Saturday.

Isaiah Theis had that key and several other sets of keys with him when a deputy found his body Wednesday night, the Rev. Rick Van Gundy told The Associated Press. Van Gundy said he got the information from the Theis family but declined to be more specific, because of the sensitivity of the situation.

"This is breaking the heart of somebody who has a broken heart," said Van Gundy, pastor of St. Peter's Community Church in Dresser. "It's that much of a devastation to them that you can't even put a word to it."

The deputy found the boy in the trunk of a customer's car on his parents' property near Centuria, where the boy's father runs an auto repair business. Preliminary autopsy results released Friday said Isaiah likely died of hyperthermia -- a condition in which the body temperature spikes -- due to Wednesday's blistering heat.

Polk County investigators have not yet said how Isaiah, who disappeared Tuesday night, got in the trunk.

The news about the keys was first reported Friday night by KSTP-TV. Van Gundy told the station he had personally shined a flashlight inside the car and looked under it when he joined the search Tuesday night, but that it never crossed anybody's mind to unlock the trunk.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 14:24

How does a 2-year old even get inside of a trunk on his own?



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 14:26

How does a 2-year old even get inside of a trunk on his own?

How does a 2 year old get the cookies from a high shelf on his own. Same principle. Little buggers can climb anything. Beyond that its just a matter of hitting the button to pop the trunk.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 15:49

How does a 2-year old even get inside of a trunk on his own?

He had the keys, silly.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 15:54

You let your 2-year-old wander outside at an auto repair facility? By himself? Another senseless death due to moronic parenting.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 15:55

How does a 2-year old even get inside of a trunk on his own?

i think this is the question everyone is asking right now.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 15:56

He had the keys, silly.

 

By "get inside", I meant "climb inside".  As in, lift himself up...then reach for the lid to close it...etc



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 15:59

unless its an old car. most cars have pull cord to unlock the trunk....

 

but then it was a 2 year old.....



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:28

By "get inside", I meant "climb inside".  As in, lift himself up...then reach for the lid to close it...etc

I know what you meant.

 

Was just joking a bit.

 

Most all cars that I have had, have big loops in the metal, plenty of hand holds to pull the trunk down, if you wanted.

 

And this 2 year-old may have been closer to 3, and big for his age.

 

He may have had something to climb up, to get in the trunk too.

 

A box, a stool, a wagon, who knows.

 

 

It is odd that he didn't yell or knock on the trunk to be let out ...



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 16:35

 

 

It is odd that he didn't yell or knock on the trunk to be let out ...

Not really odd. He may have thought it was a game of hide and seek or that he built himself a "secure and secret fort." As fast as temperatures rise in the heat in a car, he would have been unable to long before he figured out he was in trouble.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 16:00

How does a 2-year old even get inside of a trunk on his own?

 

This is probably just one of those odd things that we'll never know.