The body of a young boy discovered in a suitcase in Indiana remains unsolved, but police have now identified a cause of death in the case.
Toxicology reports conducted in conjunction with the autopsy have determined that the child, whose age has been narrowed down to around 5 years of age, died from an electrolyte imbalance that may have been caused by viral gastroenteritis, according to the Indiana State Police (ISP). The more common understanding of this condition would be vomiting and diarrhea to the extent that it led to dehydration. There were no additional negative findings in the toxicology report and no physical damage was observed.
"Detectives also stated they have no evidence which leads them to believe the child was alive when placed into the suitcase, and that the child was clothed and clean," according to the news release made by an ISP spokesperson.
As previously reported, the body of the boy was discovered by a mushroom hunter on April 16, 2022, inside a suitcase in southern Indiana. A photo of the distinctive Las Vegas-themed suitcase has been released in hopes that someone might recognize it and contact the authorities with any personal knowledge of the case.
The ISP has described the child as Black, between 5 and 8 years old, roughly 4 feet tall, with a slight build and closely cropped hair. No illustrations of his appearance have yet been released. Forensics indicate that he had been placed at the 7000 block of East Holder Road in Washington County within a week of his demise.
Police say that there is currently not much information to go on in the case. The ISP has kept some details close to the vest in order to preserve the integrity of their investigation. However, they have not ruled out that the child could be from a different area from where he was found or even from outside of the United States.
Police have received many calls to the toll-free tip line established for the case, but have made little progress in identifying the child. They continue to remind the public that there is no need to report information scoured from online missing websites, saying that they do not expect this child to be listed on available registries. What they are seeking is first-hand knowledge of the crime or familiarity with the suitcase that might further their investigation.
If you have any information that might help, the police request that you call the toll-free tip line dedicated to this case is 1-888-437-6432.