Autopsy report confirms 5-year-old Colorado City boy’s cause of death

Image at left: Kaibab National Forest sign, near Jacob Lake, Arizona, Aug. 9, 2015 | Photo by Cami Cox Jim Photo at right: Jerold Williams, image courtesy of Coconino County Sheriff's Office, St. George News

COCONINO COUNTY, Ariz. – A medical examiner has confirmed the cause of death in the case of Jerold Williams, a 5-year-old Colorado City, Arizona, boy who became lost and was later found dead in Kaibab National Forest near Jacob Lake, Arizona, in August.

Emergency responders and volunteers search for 5-year-old Jerold Williams, Jacob Lake, Arizona, Aug. 8 2015 | Photo courtesy of Coconino County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Emergency responders and volunteers search for 5-year-old Jerold Williams, Jacob Lake, Arizona, Aug. 8 2015 | Photo courtesy of Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

An autopsy report released near the end of October has confirmed authorities’ suppositions that Jerold died of hypothermia due to exposure to rain and cold temperatures, the Associated Press reported.

The autopsy report also revealed the child had multiple scrapes, cuts and contusions, as well as a hemorrhage on his forehead.

Authorities at the time Jerold was found said there were no indications of foul play in the child’s disappearance or death. The medical examiner said the injuries found on the child’s body were likely sustained while he was lost in the woods.

Jerold was reported missing after he wandered away from his family’s campsite Aug. 6. He had been with a group of approximately 20 people at an unimproved campsite off of Forest Service Road 241 in Kaibab National Forest. His mother told emergency responders at the time that Jerold had been chasing grasshoppers when he disappeared.

The search for Jerold spanned five days and four nights, and more than 1,000 people assisted in looking for him.

The child’s body was found Aug. 10 by a group of searchers from Colorado City. His remains were found 3.7 miles, point to point, from the place he went missing, according to a Coconino County Sheriff’s Office press release at the time.

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4 Comments

  • fun bag November 3, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    as sad as this was i don’t trust an official story from people that worship a convicted pedophile as a god-on-earth. still seems strange, and why was the boy so malnourished?

  • tiff November 3, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Where in the story does it say he was malnourished?

    • fun bag November 3, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      the info is out there. search it…

      • Mike November 4, 2015 at 9:31 am

        This community is much better at keeping the secrets they want to keep. If they didn’t want us to know anything about the loss of this little boy, we would know nothing at all. Wrong place for a conspiracy.

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