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Coroner: Heat likely killed Wis. toddler found in trunk

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- A preliminary autopsy indicates that excessive heat likely claimed the life of a Wisconsin toddler found in the trunk of a car Wednesday.

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.

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