CINCINNATI – Authorities promised on Thursday to find out what went wrong with the death of a 16-year-old boy who, she said, was stuck on a minivan bench in a school parking lot and whose body was found six hours, after he called the emergency number for the first time. "Something has gone terribly wrong" in's death, said police chief Eliot Isaac.
He said a dispatcher had been taken on leave and the actions of all involved employees will be reviewed.
Prosecutor Joe Deters of Hamilton County said his office is trying to find experts to support his own investigation with the coroner. The coroner decided that the teenager died of asphyxia because his chest was compressed.
On Thursday, a telephone message was sent to the boy's parents.
Isaac called the boy's death "a horrific tragedy"
"We share her heartbreak," he said.
The plush driver first called the 911 at 15:15 Tuesday he said he got stuck in a van where he "desperately needs help". But he was unable to hear the Dispatcher's questions, the police said, and a call back to his cellphone after it was disconnected went to voicemail.
CBS affiliate WKRC-TV reported that the police arrived at school 7 minutes later and 11 minutes through the area looking for signs of someone in distress. In the school complex with several parking lots nothing unusual was seen.
A county sheriff in traffic control also checked around, police said.
Plush called 911 again at 3:35 pm The police said this time that he gave a description of the vehicle when he desperately asked for help but could not hear the dispatcher. Isaac said the information was not forwarded to the officers at the scene.
"That's no joke," the teenager said about 911. "I'm almost dead."
He asked the dispatcher to "tell my mother I love her when I die."
The police were unable to locate the boy in one of the several parking lots of the Seven Hills School Complex ,
The police said a friend called the boy's parents that evening. t shown as planned for a tennis match. His mother used an app to find his cell phone in Seven Hills. They called the County Dispatching Center, and the police said that the family members then arrived with the unresponsive teen in the unlocked vehicle. Policemen and firefighters arrive shortly before 9pm.
The Seven Hills School, a private academy in Cincinnati for pre-school to 12th grade students, sent word that plush had been there since sixth grade.
"He was a young man of keen intelligence, good humor, and great courage, and this whole community feels that loss very deeply," the school said.
Classmate Preston Luniewski told WLWT-TV that plush was "really a spectacular person."  "He's just lit the classroom," Luniewski said.
The authorities said Plush was in the back of the minivan when he was detained from a seat.
A source told WKRC-TV that the vehicle was a 2002 Honda Odyssey. Some models were the subject of a recall because the second row of seats was accidentally tilted forward, but the 2002 Transporter was not part of this recall.
A Honda spokesman identified the vehicle as a 2004 Odyssey and said there was no seat recalls for this model
"Our hearts are going to the victim's family at this difficult time," spokesman Chris Martin said. "Honda has no specific information to definitively determine what happened in this incident."
Isaac said police will investigate possible malfunctioning police equipment.
Mayor John Cranley, a Democrat, requested prayers for the plush family, saying, "Our hearts are heavy."
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