NEW CARLISLE — Two days after two young boys were found locked in a hot car trunk in New Carlisle, the family had a spokesperson give a statement.
Standing at a podium at the New Carlisle Wesleyan Church, Reverend Donald Bayne read a prepared statement from the family of 4-year-old Dominick Wilk and 2-year-old Isaac Dunner.
"Our family has suffered greatly through this tragedy. We are grateful for the support we have received from our family, friends and community," Bayne said. The family was not present.
It was Friday when police say the boys' mother found her children locked inside of her car trunk, a day when temperatures were in the mid-80s.
Emergency crews rushed them to the hospital, but Isaac died later that day. Dominick died the next morning.
On Sunday, Bayne didn't go into detail about the incident. He only released a photo of the boys and thanked the people who tried to save their lives.
"We would like to express our appreciation to emergency services, New Carlisle police and fire department, emergency room workers and staff at South Bend Memorial Hospital," he said.
With many questions still unanswered — including how the boys got into the trunk, and why they were there and how long they were locked up — Bayne said anything else will come from police.
"This will be our only statement,” he said. “We ask that you respect our privacy. We also ask that you direct all questions to police investigators.”
The mother and the two boys lived with her parents, who police say were not home when all of this happened.
An autopsy is scheduled for both of the boys on Monday. Police say they still plan to question the family, including the mother, which they plan on doing later this week.