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UPDATE: Authorities say cause of toddler's death uncertain


BALSAM LAKE (WKOW) -- Polk County Chief Deputy Steven Moe says "everything is on the table" as investigators try to determine whether two year old Isaiah Theis' death was accidental, or criminal.

Moe says Isaiah's family states the little boy tended to wander outside around the family's Polk County farm in Centuria.

Authorities say late Wednesday night, the little boy's body was found in the trunk of a burgundy, late model Chevy Impala.

Moe says the vehicle was parked very near the Theis home for repairs.  Several cars were on the property, however, authorities didn't have keys to three of the vehicles.

Moe says the search for the toddler was carried out under the premise the three cars had been locked and inaccessible before the boy wandered away from playing with an older brother Tuesday evening.

Moe offered no explanation as to why there was no spare key with the father, who did repairs on customer cars on the property. 

Moe says family members are "devastated," and are cooperating with authorities. 

In hindsight,  Moe says he wishes authorities would have forced entry into the cars.

The owner came to claim the Chevy around 10:00 Wednesday evening, and gave authorities permission to search.  By 10:15, they discovered little Isaiah's body in the trunk.

An autopsy was performed Thursday and results should be released soon.


UPDATE (WKOW) --- Polk County officials tell us 2-year-old Isaiah Theis was found dead overnight in the trunk of car near his home.

The boy was found at 10:15 last night after the owner of a vehicle nearby arrived to remove it.

Police say the car was locked prior to the report of him missing and police searched around it.

Officials are still investigating the death and any possible causes.

No word on if this is accidental or criminal.

A full autopsy is being done.



BALSAM LAKE (WKOW) -- A 2-year-old boy who was missing in Polk County has been found dead.

Law enforcement officers told our affiliate WQOW that Isaiah Theis was found just after 10 p.m. Wednesday night by an officer.

Theis disappeared from his home near Centuria Tuesday night.


BALSAM LAKE (WKOW) -- Volunteers continue to arrive in Polk County to help search for a missing two-year-old boy.

Polk County Sheriff's received a call shortly before 9:00 Tuesday night that Isaiah Theis was missing from his home near Centuria.

According to the little boy's mother, Isaiah was last seen in the house playing with his brother at approximately 7:30 p.m.  When they realized Isaiah was no longer in the house, family, friends and neighbors began to search the immediate area.

When they were unable to locate him, they contacted law enforcement for assistance. 

Polk County Sheriff's requested the assistance of Centuria and Balsam Lake Fire Departments.

Approximately 150 volunteers had arrived to assist in the search.  Organized searches of the surrounding area were begun and the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter was also requested to assist with their Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) unit.  Unfortunately, no areas of interest were identified.

The search was suspended around 1:30 Wednesday morning due to it becoming dangerous to continue in the dark.  The search resumed at 6:00 a.m.,, with the same areas being searched again in more detail.

As the areas officials believe Isaiah would most likely be are cleared, they will move the search farther.


BALSAM LAKE (WKOW) – The search will resume on Wednesday for a toddler missing in Polk County.

According to WCCO radio, Justin Theis says his 2-year-old son, Isaiah, wandered away from the family's rural home near Balsam Lake about 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday and has not been seen since.

Dozens of law enforcement officers and volunteers searched well into the night on Tuesday, but no one was able to locate Isaiah.

Theis says he hopes his son is taking a nap in the corn fields and will find his way home soon.

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