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Death of Boy Whose Body Was Found in Dishwasher Believed Accidental

March 2, 1988

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ The death of a 12-year-old boy, whose nude body was found in a portable dishwasher by his mother, appears to have been accidental, officials said Wednesday.

″It’s a strange situation,″ said Brown County Sheriff’s Department Commander David Zasada. ″Right now we’re not looking at this as foul play.″

Michael Conard’s body was discovered by his mother, Jean, when she returned home from work Tuesday afternoon, Zasada said. The commander said investigators were trying to determine whether there was forced entry or any sign of a struggle.

″I would certainly not at this time say there was a suicide,″ Zasada said.

The portable dishwasher was found hooked up to the kitchen sink and running, Zasada said, and the mother turned it off and found the body of her son inside.

An autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death, Zasada said.

Conard, of Humbolt, was a sixth-grader and member of the wrestling team at Luxemburg-Casco Elementary School. Terry DeJaeger, guidance counselor at the school, said students and teachers put aside their normal routine Wednesday to talk about the boy’s death.

″Some of the kids are crying. Some are in shock. Most of them are having a tough time functioning today,″ DeJaeger said.

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