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Preliminary autopsy on 5 year-old reveals no signs of trauma

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on September 21, 2010 – 11:30 amOne Comment

The preliminary autopsy results performed on 5 year-old Kory Dault of Alpena show no outward signs of trauma or injury.

That’s according to Michigan State Police Det./Sgt. Steve Harshberger who is heading up the investigation into Dault’s death and was present for the autopsy, which was performed Monday in Grand Rapids.

“The investigation is continuing but we are currently favoring the likelihood that this was an accident,” Harshberger said, noting however, that it is still too early to rule out other possibilities.

Dault was found early Saturday morning inside a septic tank at a residence off East Grand Lake Road in Presque Isle County.  He had been missing for about 14 hours before he was found.

Harshberger said it could be months before the final autopsy results are ready and a cause of death is determined because of microscopic and toxicology tests that still need to be performed. 

True North Radio has learned the house where the apparent accident occurred is owned by Dault’s grandparents and located next door to their primary residence.  It is operated as an adult care facility. 

The top to the septic tank was covered with a dome-shaped fiberglass cover that was not overgrown with vegetation, as is common with many septic tanks.  Police are trying to determine how the boy got into the tank.

Anyone who might have information regarding the death of Kory Dault should call Det./Sgt. Steve Harshberger at the Michigan State Police Alpena Post, 989-354-4101.

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Comment by RuKiddingME
2010-09-21 14:00:38

Aren’t there State Inspections done for Adult Care Homes that would have taken the proper measures to ascertain the safety of the property/residents?

The whole situation is unsettling. Someone is at fault if the lid failed, was left open or worse yet he was placed in there.

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