An Ohio prosecutor is launching a full-scale investigation after a 16-year-old boy died inside a van on Tuesday several hours after he called 911 for help.
FOX News reports that Kyle Jacob Plush called 911 on Tuesday afternoon and panicked as he explained that he was locked inside a Honda van in the parking lot of Seven Hills School at 5400 Red Bank in Hamilton County. He indicated he didn’t have much time to live.
“This is not a joke,” he said. “I am trapped inside a gold Honda Odyssey van in the parking lot of Seven Hills. … Send officers immediately. I’m almost dead.”
An officer responded to the scene and claimed he couldn’t find anyone trapped inside a van. According to ABC, the officer reportedly began arguing with a woman nearby and questioned if the call was a prank. The officer left but Kyle called 911 again, explaining that he was indeed in the van and he wasn’t making a fake call.
Cincinnati Councilwoman Amy Murray calls it "heartbreaking". She is promising a full investigation into death of a Seven Hills student. Murray is the parent of a student at the school as well and calls this "a sad, sad day".
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At around 10 p.m., a family member discovered Kyle’s lifeless body inside the van. Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco later ruled the death as “asphyxia caused by chest compression.” Yet, it’s still unclear exactly what pushed on his chest hard enough to cause death.
During one of his calls to 911, Kyle explained that he felt he was dying and wanted to make sure his mom knew he loved her.
“I probably don’t have much time left, so tell my mom I love her if I die.”
Authorities haven’t answered why the officer who initially arrived to the scene couldn’t find Kyle or how long the officer actually tried to search before giving up. However, the Journal-News reports that the 911 operator that took the boy’s call has been placed on leave after failing to convey the color, make, and model of the van to the responding officer.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters is now launching a detailed investigation into the matter and hoping to find answers.
“The young man was trapped in the third row bench seat, and it is called positional asphyxiation,” Deters said. “We are actively trying to identify experts to assist in us in this investigation.”
The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Kyle Jacob Plush/Handout]