Update: Medical examiner releases cause of death for 4-year-old Hurricane boy found in toy chest

Kache Willis. Photo: Hurricane Police Department

HURRICANE, Utah, July 28, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials have released a cause of death for 4-year-old Kache Wallis, who was announced missing on Sunday after being tucked into bed the night before.

“After interviews with the family and additional investigation into the cause of death by the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office this was found to be an accidental death due to positional asphyxiation,” says a statement issued Wednesday by the¬†Hurricane City Police Department.

Positional asphyxia happens when a person can’t get enough air to breathe due to the positioning of his or her body.

A Hurricane Police Department statement released Sunday said officers from multiple agencies responded and joined in the search begun by Kache’s family members.

“The grandmother of Kache reported that he had been put to bed the night before and when he was checked on in the morning he was not in bed and could not be found in or around the house. After searching with the help of family and friends and not being able to find him they called police.”

Officers checked the house, than began a search of the area.

“During the course of the search and investigation it was decided that yet another search of the home should be conducted looking for Kache,” the Wednesday statement said. “It was at this time that detectives located Kache inside of a small toy chest in his bedroom.”

The news release added: “Our sincerest condolences are sent to Kache and his family. The Hurricane police would like to thank the Washington County Sheriff’s Office as well as their search and rescue team, Hurricane Valley Fire Department, St. George Communications Center, St. George Police Department, Washington City Police Department and the citizens of Hurricane for your assistance in searching for Kache.”

Gephardt Daily will have additional information on the case if details are released.

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