EL RENO, Okla. – Three-year-old Ryker Kolar had a body temperature of 105.9 when he got to Mercy Hospital on August 2.
That’s according to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case.
He was also “covered in blood from his mouth and nose.”
Ryker’s dad, Adam Kolar, is charged with second degree murder in the case that has shocked and saddened the community.
An ER nurse told investigators it was the opinion of the staff that the child died from “cardiac arrest” and that “heat stroke” played a significant role.
Ryker was discovered still strapped into his car seat in the back of his father’s pickup truck in the driveway of his home by a family friend who had come over to work on the air conditioning.
That friend told police when he arrived at 3:30 in the afternoon, Adam was napping and later came out to tell him Ryker was missing.
That friend found the child in the vehicle and called 911.
He told police “he thought Adam was intoxicated.”
Police said Adam appeared intoxicated when he came in to do an interview with them.
They say he had “thick, slurred speech, the smell of alcohol about him, and even though Adam had some college, he was not able to recite his ABC’s despite multiple attempts.”
Police attempted to create a timeline for the day.
“Through the day he had been out and around town a little bit. We’ve found some video of him being out with the child in town,” said Lt. Van Gillock with the El Reno Police Department.
Adam told them he had been to Ross Seed and Feed in town and insisted Ryker had gone in with him.
But surveillance video showed him coming in and leaving alone.
Police got a search warrant for the vehicle and the house because his father and friend had taken him back inside the house to attempt CPR after they discovered him.
“The child was taken back into the house from the vehicle and also due to the signs of intoxication, we wanted to look for any alcohol or anything like that that might’ve been consumed by the father,” said Lt. Gillock.
According to the returned search warrant, inside the home police found a “McCormick vodka bottle in a black work bag and they also took “two vials of orange liquid from a red cup located on a table in the den.”
Adam was released from jail on Monday on a $200,000 bond to a facility in Texas.
He was ordered to surrender his passport and to not consume alcohol or any drugs without a prescription.
We have also learned Adam is a corrections officer at the federal prison in El Reno.
He has worked there for almost 10 years.
An official with the prison tells us they are waiting to see how things play out with the court system.