UPDATE: Review clears deputy who searched for trapped Ohio teen

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CINCINNATI (AP) - UPDATE: 05/20/18

A sheriff's office has cleared the actions of a deputy who unsuccessfully searched for a 16-year-old boy who died while being trapped in a minivan.

WKRC-TV reports that an internal investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's office found Deputy Doug Allen acted within the guidelines for sheriff office's policies.

The report released Friday includes Allen's description of his actions during the April 10 search for Kyle Plush and the deputy's regrets that he didn't trust a gut feeling that something wasn't right.

Plush's father Ron Plush found his son's body inside the 2004 Honda Odyssey in a parking lot near his school nearly six hours after Kyle's first 911 call.

A coroner says Kyle Plush died of asphyxiation because his chest was compressed.

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Information from: WKRC-TV, http://www.wkrc.com

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UPDATE: 05/19/18

An Ohio city is considering buying a computer mapping system that could have pinpointed for police officers the location of a student who twice called 911 saying he was trapped inside a minivan in a Cincinnati school parking lot and then died.

Discussion about buying the technology comes after The Cincinnati Enquirer reported late Thursday that Cincinnati didn't act on a proposal last summer to buy the $578,000 system for police cruisers.

A memo given to the City Council and mayor Friday says the current technology director and police chief weren't aware of the proposal.

The newspaper reported that 911 dispatchers had a map showing the location of the van in which 16-year-old Kyle Plush died April 10, but officers did not and never searched the correct school parking lot.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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ORIGINAL STORY: 04/15/18

Authorities in Cincinnati are continuing to investigate why police couldn't find a teenager who got trapped beneath a minivan's rear bench and died at a school parking lot.

Family members and classmates will gather Monday morning for the funeral of 16-year-old Kyle Plush.

Plush died Tuesday after becoming trapped despite calling 911 twice for help and giving his location.

Two Cincinnati police officers and a Hamilton County sheriff's deputy searched but failed to locate him.

An operator who took one of the calls while Plush was trapped and begging for help will return to work Wednesday after being placed on administrative leave.

Cincinnati leaders are calling for a full investigation of the 911 emergency system.

One councilman says questions about what went wrong go beyond just how the 911 dispatchers handled the calls.

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