17-year-old found dead in SUV four days after being towed after crash, Wisconsin cops say

A Wisconsin family is demanding answers after a 17-year-old boy was found dead in an SUV that had been in a car pound for four days.

The body of the teenager, identified in the media as James Stokes, was found on the floor of the damaged SUV around 11 a.m. on Monday June 5 in Milwaukee, police said.

He had been towed to the pound Thursday, June 1, after an accident involving a 16-year-old driver, according to the police. The 16-year-old stole the SUV and was arrested after crashing it into a tree, police said.

But officers were unaware that the 17-year-old was also inside the vehicle.

Kina King, James’s mother, said she reported her son missing on Friday but told WISN officers “blew me up”.

It was three days later that officers broke the news to King.

“I sat down and he said, ‘Madam, we found your son. It’s broken down,” King told WITI. “I said what?'”

A cause of death will be investigated by the Milwaukee County Examiner’s Office, police said.

It is unclear how officers did not see Stokes inside the vehicle. Police and the Milwaukee Department of Public Works will “conduct thorough investigations” into the incident.

“I need answers, and there aren’t too many people here who can give me the right answers,” Jamie Stokes, James’s sister, told WISN.

King told WITI “it’s heartbreaking” that she won’t be getting her son back.

“So my son is broken down because you didn’t look in the car and see another person was in the car?” she told TMJ. “You just had the car towed to the Milwaukee towing lot?”

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