Next Steps in Wis. Toddler Death Investigation

Updated: 07/16/2014 3:11 PM KSTP.com By: Jessica Miles



 As the community starts to move forward after the death of a Western Wisconsin toddler, so does the investigation.

Isaiah Theis' body was found by a sheriff deputy just after 10 p.m. Wednesday.

His body was found in a vehicle at a repair shop at Isaiah's home near Centuria.

Now investigators are looking for answers.

If a car was dropped off for repair work, why wouldn't the keys be there?

Did Isaiah get into that trunk on his own?

Was he put in there?

A KSTP crew spoke with a retired state trooper, a 30 year member. His job was death notification.

Retired Minnesota State Trooper Lt. John Nagel says when you arrive on a scene like this you're relying on the information you get from those who reported the child missing.

Now that we know more, he says you have to go back to the beginning.

"There will be more questions asked now to determine how the child did get in the trunk and who had keys to the trunk and was the trunk locked or not locked, there's a whole host of questions and a different avenue that an individual can pursue now," said Nagel.

We don't know how Isaiah got into that trunk or if he was alive in there.

But safety experts say kids are drawn to cars, they like to play in them, trunks too.

It is now federal law that newer cars, those 2002 and newer, have glow in the dark trunk releases.

Parents are encouraged to show kids how to use them just in case.