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Police: Boy found in suitcase died of electrolyte imbalance

May 27, 2022 GMT

SELLERSBURG, Ind. (AP) — An autopsy for a young boy found dead in a suitcase in southern Indiana showed he died from an electrolyte imbalance, Indiana State Police said Friday.

The child’s death from electrolyte imbalance was most likely due to gastroenteritis, or, in other words, vomiting and diarrhea, leading to dehydration, Sgt. Carey Huls said at a news conference.

Police have said the child’s body was discovered by a mushroom hunter in Washington County on April 16. Investigators believe the child was 5 years old but they don’t know where he died.

The child was clean, clothed and appeared to be well cared for, Huls said. No significant injuries were found on the child during the autopsy, he said.

Investigators have checked a national database for missing children but have found no match, Huls said. They believe the child died sometime within the week before he was found.

Police have created a special tip line for people to share information about the child, 1-888-437-6432.

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“Someone knows who this child is,” Huls said. “He didn’t show up in Washington County in a suitcase by himself.”

Investigators “are not ruling out that he’s from out of the country,” Huls said.

A photo of the suitcase provided by state police showed it had a distinctive Las Vegas design on its front and back.