Las Vegas agents release computer-generated footage of young boy found murdered on hiking trail

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Las Vegas agents release new computer-generated footage of young boy murdered and dumped on hiking trail: $10,000 reward offered for information leading to ID

  • The boy, believed to be between eight and ten years old, remains nameless
  • His body was discovered by hikers behind a bush at 7.30am on May 28th
  • He was 4’11, 123 pounds and had black hair and brown eyes, police say
  • The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information leading to ID
  • New color images created in Photoshop from coroner’s photos have clearer eyes, teeth and less bruising to aid identification

Authorities released digitally enhanced footage of an unidentified boy who was murdered and dumped on a hiking trail near Las Vegas last month.

The new photos were developed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children based on images shared by the coroner.

They were released Thursday along with news of a $10,000 reward for anyone with information pointing to the boy’s identity.

The renderings paint the most vivid picture yet of the eight to ten year old Hispanic boy named John ‘Little Zion’ Doe.

The FBI describes the boy as 4’11’ and 123 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Authorities released this digitally enhanced footage of an unidentified boy who was murdered and dumped on a hiking trail near Las Vegas last month.

Authorities refer to the boy as John 'Little Zion' Doe as they await his identification

Authorities released this digitally enhanced footage of an unidentified boy who was murdered and dumped on a hiking trail near Las Vegas last month.

Boy's body was found by hikers behind a bush on Mountain Springs Trailhead between Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada

Boy’s body was found by hikers behind a bush on Mountain Springs Trailhead between Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada

The boy’s body was spotted around 7:30 a.m. May 28 by a group of hikers on Mountain Springs Trailhead, near State Route 160 milestone 20 between the cities of Las Vegas and Pahrump.

The Las Vegas Metro Police Department and the Las Vegas Division of the FBI say the child was a murder victim.

They believe the body was found within 24 hours of his death.

“I was just shaken up,” said Shawna Burke, 63, who lives near where the body was found, according to the report. Las Vegas Review Journal. “Nothing ever happens here.”

“I was just shocked.  Nothing ever happens here,

“I was just shocked. Nothing ever happens here,” said a local resident when he heard the boy’s body was found near her home huis

The FBI and LVMPD both say the child was a murder victim.  They believe he was found within 24 hours of his death.

The FBI and LVMPD both say the child was a murder victim. They believe he was found within 24 hours of his death.

The new images were created in Adobe Photoshop and authorities hope they can identify the boy more quickly thanks to the stark details drawn by the artists.

Colin McNally, the imaging unit supervisor at the NCMEC, told the Las Vegas station: KVVU that the new images ‘open the eyes, clear up the tissue damage, (and) change the perspective of the image so that it stands upright’.

“These images are very important to make sure we capture what this child would have looked like – it’s not just creating a face to come out with the suitcase, but it really makes this specific to this child.” based on the image we have. …to go along with the case information in the hopes that someone will recognize him and give the child his name back,” McNally said.

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