FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - An eight year old Franklin County boy is dead, and no one is certain why. It was Monday afternoon, on the bus ride home from school, when third grader Bradley Voss collapsed on the bus. He was rushed back to school where the bus driver performed CPR. He was then taken to the hospital in nearby Sullivan where he was pronounced dead.
The only sign of any health troubles had come that morning.
“(His mother) said that he’d had a headache in the morning before going to school. She’d given him some kind of aspirin of Tylenol or something like that,” Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said.
But school officials say there was never any symptom or complaint during the school day. There was only the sudden shock of Bradley’s death that afternoon.
Tuesday was a challenge according to the principal at Strain-Japan School.
“It’s been a very difficult time, and trying to stay as strong as you can for the rest of the students and staff here,” Anita Studdard said. “It was a very emotional time this morning as everyone gathered this morning. But after we got to class and had the counselors working with them, the counselors did an amazing job coming up with activities that helped them work through their grieving process.”
That process is made harder by the memory of Brandon, one of just seventy-one students here.
“Always had a smile on his face and willing to joke with you. It will be different. He was just a great student, very caring about others. And like I said, always wanted to have a joke or something to tell you.”
Investigators say there are no signs of foul play in Bradley’s death, but just the same they were back at school Tuesday asking questions.
“You still have to go through the motions and makes sure you’ve covered all the bases and that’s what we’re trying to do right now, which is obviously difficult for the family and the kids too, but there’s questions we have to ask that we don’t really like to, but that’s all part of it,” Sheriff Toelke said.
An autopsy was performed in St. Louis county Tuesday morning. There was no obvious sign of a problem, leaving the medical examiner to wait for test results. Those should take a few weeks. Only after getting them back do officials expect to be able to declare a cause of death.