Though the initial autopsy on 5-year-old Noah Thomas is complete, Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis said it could be weeks until a final determination is made about Noah’s cause of death.
In a news release Monday, Davis said that “certain tests take a long time to complete and the final cause of death is dependent on those results.”
Noah’s body was sent to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke on Thursday after he was found in a septic tank on the property where his parents — Paul Raymond Thomas and Ashley Jennifer White — live. By Friday, the initial autopsy had been completed.
Currently, no one has been charged or is in custody in relation to his death.
“I understand your frustration with the lack of details surrounding Noah’s death: however I ask that you respect my office’s mission to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of this case,” Davis said in Monday’s news release.
Additionally, Davis commented that, when the time is appropriate, authorities will make a statement on their findings as long as it would not otherwise jeopardize the investigation.
Another point of concern for the tight-knit Pulaski community was the lack of information about potential suspects on the loose. Davis reassured those individuals, writing “at no time during this investigation have authorities suspected there was a lingering danger to your children.”
Funeral arrangements for Noah have been finalized, and a ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Dublin United Methodist Church on East Main Street in Dublin. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens in Dublin. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Bower Funeral Home.
A memorial fund has been set up by the church to cover funeral expenses, with any leftover money being set up as a trust fund for Noah’s infant sister, Abigail. Donations can be made directly to the Dublin United Methodist Church, or taken to any National Bank branch.
When asked if Abigail is still with Noah’s parents, Assistant Pulaski County Administrator Anthony Akers, who has been serving as a spokesman on the case, said he could not comment as that information is part of the ongoing investigation .
“Noah was in many ways your typical 5 year old boy,” his obituary reads. “He liked to ride his bike, play with Nerf guns and pretend he was Spider Man. He loved playing basketball and was especially excited when his team got to play against his cousin’s team.”