As investigators continue to struggle to identify a five-year-old boy found dead in a suitcase in the United States, autopsy results have revealed how he died.
A cause of death has been revealed for a boy whose body was found in a suitcase in Indiana, US last month.
The boy, believed to be five years old, died of an electrolyte imbalance, according to the autopsy report.
The child has still not been identified by investigators.
Indiana State Police, in a statement, said the electrolyte imbalance was likely caused by “viral gastroenteritis,” also saying the blood toxicology was negative.
“The [autopsy] the report further states that there was an ‘absence of significant traumatic injury’, indicating that there was ‘no anatomical cause of death’,” the statement read.
Investigators said that in light of the autopsy results, they had “no evidence to lead them to believe the child was alive when placed in the suitcase”.
“The child was dressed and clean. Although the autopsy report indicates that the child is ageless, investigators still believe the boy was approximately five years old at the time of his death,” the police statement read.
The boy’s body was found on April 16 in a hard-shell suitcase bearing a “distinctive Las Vegas design”, police said. It was discovered in a heavily wooded area of rural Washington County by a mushroom picker.
The boy is described as black, around 120cm tall, with a slim build and a short haircut.
Despite the information provided to the police, detectives still have no idea of the boy’s identity. They do not exclude the possibility that he is from another state or even from another country.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Carey Huls said investigators were unable to find any matches on missing children lists across the country. He urged anyone with information to come forward.
“Someone there has first-hand knowledge,” he said.
“Everyone wants to bring justice and a voice to this little guy.”
Originally published as Cause of death revealed in American mystery of a boy in a suitcase