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Mystery remains in death of 7-year-old autistic boy Michael Kingsbury

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The mystery remains surrounding the death of a 7-year-old D.C. boy with autism.

Michael Kingsbury disappeared Sunday morning near his home in Northeast D.C. and was found dead in a locked car nearby Monday evening.

D.C. Police Assistant Chief Peter Newsham says the autopsy of Kingsbury's body has been completed, but the cause and manner of Kingsbury's death are still pending and the medical examiner could not give an approximate time of death.

Newsham also says there were no signs of trauma to the body and there was "obvious decomposition to the body."

Residents in Kingsbury's neighborhood in the Trinidad section of Northeast are demanding answers. Was he in the car the entire time? If so, how did the family, police and other searchers in the neighborhood did not see him there?

Just after 9 a.m. Sunday morning, family members and police say Kingsbury, wearing just a t-shirt and pull ups, bounded down the steps of his apartment and disappeared.

A police report says two witnesses spotted the child on two different streets nearby, but his whereabouts were a mystery until a veteran police officer noticed the child inside a Nissan Altima parked in a space just steps from where he lived.

Police say there were at least four separate police officers, as early as 1:30 p.m. Sunday, that looked inside the locked car over a 30-hour period where Kingsbury's body was eventually found. When the first officers arrived at the scene Sunday morning, they were told by the family they looked in the vehicle and did not locate him.

A neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, says she watched police search the area Sunday morning.

"It was about a hundred police [officers]," she says. "They had both alleys blocked off on both ends. They were all in the vacant houses. They were in the cars around here."

But if they looked in the cars, and the 7-year-old was inside, how did they miss him? Or is there some other explanation?

"If the body was in there on Sunday, they would have found it on Sunday because they searched everything," says the neighbor.

Law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation say the child was on the floor of the car between the front and back seats and it is possible someone could have looked inside and missed him.

"The whole community wants to know what happened because everybody got involved in this," said Devanna First. "I had my kids out here canvassing, and not even moments later, there's all confusion and chaos and he's right here."

All day long, just steps from where Kingsbury was found, people stopped by to leave flowers, stuffed animals and other mementos.


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