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Isaiah Theis's family doesn't think foul play was involved in 2-year-old's death

Family members of Isaiah Theis, the 2-year-old boy who was found dead in a trunk in western Wisconsin last week, say they don't think foul play was involved in his death.

THE BACKSTORY: Missing western Wisconsin toddler found dead in trunk of car

A Dresser pastor, speaking to the media on behalf of the family, said that following an investigation, family members have concluded that Isaiah likely ended up locked inside the trunk after he climbed into it by himself. He was found around 10:15 p.m. last Wednesday -- about 27 hours after he was last seen alive.

The Rev. Rick Van Gundy, who is also friends with the Theis family, told the Pioneer Press the family believes Isaiah grabbed the keys from his father's mechanic shop, opened the trunk, and got inside. When Isaiah was reported missing, the vehicle sat locked on the property, and the trunk wasn't opened until the vehicle's owner came to pick it up.

Van Gundy told the PiPress that such a scenario was "definitely not outside the bounds of [Isaiah] being curious and adventurous." He added that the family isn't upset with searchers and emergency responders for not looking in the trunk.

Medical examiners concluded Isaiah probably died from extreme overheating. His funeral is scheduled for tomorrow.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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