Peoria Police continue to investigate the death of an 8-year-old boy

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Peoria Police continue to investigate the death of an 8-year-old boy

August 16, 2013 Updated Aug 16, 2013 at 5:53 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Autopsy results show no signs of trauma, strangulation or a struggle on the body of the 8-year-old boy found dead inside an abandoned refrigerator Thursday morning.

Police continue to investigate how Marquail Johnson ended up in the appliance.

Johnson was unclothed when he was found but his clothing was with him inside the refrigerator.

Witnesses told police that it was not uncommon for Johnson to take off his shoes or shirt.

Family members described him as a happy child with a slight case of autism.

Peoria Police Captain Mike Eddlemon said there were no signs of entrapment but they are not ruling out any possibilities.

"When you look at an entrapment type suffocation death there are no signs to prove that. It's the lack of other signs we look at. Like I said the strangulation, signs of a struggle, trauma, those things we don't have so we'll continue to work this and try to determine how he was in there,” said Capt. Eddlemon.

Capt. Eddlemon said refrigerators, like the once Johnson was found inside, were outlawed in 1956 after several accidental deaths.

Police will be reviewing video from the area as well as continuing to interview witnesses in the case.