“Tell my mom I love her if I die”: Ohio teen suffocates to death in minivan

Author: CBS News
Kyle Plush was found dead in a van on the evening of April 10. WKRC/ CBS News

An Ohio county prosecutor has opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a teenage boy who became trapped by a minivan bench seat.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters told reporters Thursday his office is seeking experts to help investigate 16-year-old Kyle Plush’s death Tuesday in the parking lot of Seven Hills School in Cincinnati.

Deters said the teen died of positional asphyxia.

The teen called 911 at 3:16 p.m. Tuesday saying he was in “desperate need of help” and later asked a dispatcher to “tell my mom I love her if I die.”

A source told CBS affiliate WKRC-TV that Plush was stuck in the trunk well underneath the seat at the back of the 2002 Honda Odyssey.

Authorities say officers searched but didn’t find the minivan. A relative found the teen and the minivan nearly six hours later.

Cincinnati police and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office also are investigating.

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