UPDATE: Funeral Wednesday for Toddler Found Dead

By: WSAW Staff/ Associated Press Email
By: WSAW Staff/ Associated Press Email

UPDATED: Tue 9:27 AM, Jul 23, 2013

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.

UPDATE: Fri at 1:39 PM, Jul 19, 2013

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has released preliminary autopsy results which indicate that Isaiah Theis may have died of hyperthermia.

According to WCCO-TV, the final autopsy results may not be available for several weeks.

During an interview with WCCO, Sheriff Peter Johnson said the investigation is currently working to determine whether the boy’s death was an accident, but they are still not ruling anything out, including the possibility of foul play, though there is no direct evidence to suggest that.

The report said he was a normally developed, well-nourished 2-year-old. There were no life-threatening traumatic injuries or natural disease processes identified, and a full body radio graph didn’t identify any fractures.

UPDATE: Thur at 4:23 PM, Jul 18, 2013

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.

UPDATE: Wed at 10:28 pm, Jul 18, 2013

The Polk County Sheriff Department says the body of Isaiah Theis was found in a car trunk.

According to WCCO-TV, the sheriff’s office said the vehicle had been looked into several times. Searchers had been told that the vehicle was locked prior to the boy being reported missing.

A full autopsy has been requested, the sheriff’s office said.


UPDATE: Wed at 11:51 pm, Jul 17, 2013

The body of Isaiah Theis, 2, was found after just 10 p.m. on Wednesday, according to WCCO-TV.

Officers plan to release more details on Thursday. A cause of death has not yet been released.


ORIGINAL STORY : Thur 9:29 AM, Jul 17, 2013

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is continuing their search for a 2-year-old boy who wandered away from his family's rural Balsam Lake home.

According to WCCO-TV, Isaiah Theis was last seen around 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday. His father told investigators Isaiah was playing with his 7-year-old at the time.

“What I’m hoping for is that he laid down and took a nap in a corn stalk or some place. I’m praying that he’ll just wake up from a nice sleep over the night and wander home,” said Justin Theis, the boy’s father.

The terrain that they’re searching includes some heavily wooded areas and cornfields, as well as a few ponds, authorities said.

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