Indiana police say boy found dead in suitcase, 5, dies of electrolyte imbalance

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Indiana authorities on Friday determined the cause of death of an estimated 5-year-old boy who was found dead in a suitcase in April due to an electrolyte imbalance, which could be due to dehydration and malnutrition.

A Sailorsburg-area resident was grazing mushrooms in a dense forest in Washington County on April 16 when he discovered the boy’s body near the 7000 block of East Holder Road – a 45-minute walk to Louisville – and called 911.

According to Indiana State Police (ISP), the boy was stuffed inside a sturdy suitcase of Las Vegas design.

The Indiana baby was found dead in a suitcase in the hands of a mushroom hunter

On Friday, police released the results of an official autopsy report that identified the boy’s death as “electrolyte imbalance”, possibly from “viral gastroenteritis” or inflammation caused by bacteria or parasites. The report further states that the boy had “significant traumatic injuries” and “no physical cause of death.”

Indiana police say Las Vegas-themed suitcase finds dead boy

The ISP said Friday that detectives had no reason to believe the boy was kept alive inside a suitcase and further determined that he was cleaned and clothed when the boy was discovered.

The boy’s body was discovered in a sturdy suitcase designed in Las Vegas.
(Indiana State Police)

Despite receiving “numerous tips” since police made their initial request to help the public investigate the cause of death of the child, they have not been able to identify the boy, who has been described as a young, black man around 5 years old.

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Investigators are not ruling out the possibility that he may be “out of state” or “out of the country,” the ISP said.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to call the toll-free tip line nationwide at 1-888-437-6432.

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