Teen who suffocated in van: 'Tell my mom I love her'

Plush's gold minivan was towed from the scene late Tuesday

Plush's gold minivan was towed from the scene late Tuesday

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Issac is launching an internal investigation and a 911 dispatcher is on administrative leave following the death of 16-year-old Kyle Plush, a Seven Hills student.

"I probably don't have much time left", he said in the call, according to CNN. "Based on the information relayed to the officers, efforts to locate the caller were unsuccessful", Cincinnati police said.

When Plush called 911, he said he was in a parking lot by the private school where he was a sophomore student and he described his van. "It's very sad, but I believe that the Cincinnati PD officers on the scene and our deputy did everything they could with the information they had". Plush's body wasn't found until almost six hours later, after his family was told he had not shown up to a tennis match as planned.

During the three minute call, Plush gasped and cried for help, but struggled to communicate his position because he couldn't hear what the operator was saying.

A police auto was dispatched but the officers were unable to locate the vehicle since they didn't have a description.

Shortly after Plush's first call, the dispatcher called him back but she was directed to his voicemail, so she assumed it was a prank call.

Although police and deputies with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department searched for Plush, they were unable to find him.

"This was a horrific tragedy". I ask that our City join me in praying for the Plush family, Ron, Jill and Ali during this very hard time.

"We are actively trying to identify experts to assist us in this investigation", Hamilton County, Ohio, Prosecutor Joseph Deters told reporters.

In a second call, Plush again begged for help but confessed he didn't have much longer to live. 'I am trapped inside a gold Honda Odyssey van in the parking lot of Seven Hills. "We share in their heartbreak around this", Isaac said. One 911 dispatcher has been suspended so far.

"We are missing a kid and apparently he's been found in his auto in the parking lot", said one caller, who works for the school.

In November, second-row seats in certain Honda Odyssey minivans were recalled because they were not locking in place, though it is unclear whether that was the issue in Kyle's fatal injury. He told the operator Plush was "turned over in the seat and stuck there". The coroner ruled the teen died of asphyxia, from his chest being compressed.

911 Audio: "We do have a call in". Honda said past year it had received 46 reports of minor injuries related to the problem.

Cincinnati police said the department will "initiate a full procedural and technical review of all calls received by the Emergency Communications Section and associated dispatch recordings related to this incident".

'He was a young man of keen intelligence, good humor, and great courage, and this whole community feels this loss very deeply, ' a school spokesman said.

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