An unusual tragedy is unfolding in the case of a student who died, inexplicably, after he became trapped in his van in the parking of his high school. The situation is even more confusing as the trapped student called police, repeatedly, and reported his location and his condition. Yet more than seven hours later, he was located, deceased.
The 16-year-old student at Seven Hills school in Cincinnati made a 911 shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Plush was begging for help and indicated that he was trapped in his van.
Audio of the 911 cal has been released. “Help, I’m stuck inside my van,” Plush told dispatchers. “I’m going to die here,” Plush said.
The dispatcher asked for his location. “Where are you?” the dispatcher asked. “What is the address?”
“I probably don’t have much time left. Tell my mom I love her if I die,” Plush said.
The dispatch report indicates that police responded to the scene, but couldn’t locate Plush. It is unclear if they were able to locate the van, or simply couldn’t find him in the van.
Plush then called 911 a second time.
Hours later, Plush’s father found his son in the van in the parking lot of the school. The initial reports suggest Plush died of asphyxiation due to chest compression, though the Hamilton County coroner has not indicated what, or how, Plush’s chest was compressed.
“This is not a joke. I’m trapped inside my gold Honda Odyssey van in the (inaudible) parking lot of the Seven Hills,” Plush had told dispatchers.
On the call, Plush can be heard saying “Hey Siri” repeatedly.
“Police have ordered a ‘full procedural and technical review’ of all calls related to the case,” Fox reports after speaking with Lt. Steve Saunders.
Saunders noted that this is a “death investigation.” That doesn’t indicate that there is foul-play suspected at this point, or that it is completely ruled out.
“I think they’re just looking at all the perspectives of what occurred,” Saunders said. “It’s a tragedy no matter what. I am sure the school and all his classmates are devastated.”
Video shows the gold minivan being towed away from the scene sometime around midnight.