The body of an unknown boy is found on a Nevada trail as police release a ‘digitally enhanced’ photo

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The body of a young Spanish boy was found by hikers on a Nevada trail that prompted a murder investigation.

Mystery surrounds the child’s identity, believed to be between the ages of 8 and 12, after his body was discovered Friday morning in a wooded area of ​​Mountain Springs Trailhead near Milestone 20 on State Route 160, west of Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Police Department has released a digitally enhanced photograph of the murder victim provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“We especially ask teachers to pay close attention to this new digitally enhanced photo,” the police said in a statement statement.

Detectives believe the victim is between 8 and 12 years old, he is 4’11 ” and weighs 123 pounds. Due to the location of the body, the victim may have lived in Las Vegas, Pahrump, Baker or other nearby cities, ” the department said. Police also believe the boy is Spanish.

The identity of a Hispanic boy between 8 and 12 years old who was found dead on a Nevada trail remains a mystery as police release digitally enhanced photo of murder victim

The identity of a Spanish boy between 8 and 12 years old found dead on a Nevada trail remains a mystery as police release digitally enhanced photo of murder victim

The victim's body was found by a hiker on Friday near a path in southern Nevada and remains unknown as police continue their investigation into his death

The victim’s body was found by a hiker on Friday near a path in southern Nevada and remains unknown as police continue their investigation into his death

It comes after police released an initial sketch of the victim on Saturday.

A mother had previously falsely identified her eight-year-old son as the young murder victim, police said Saturday after the boy, his older half-brother and their father were all found safe in Utah.

Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer had announced that the eight-year-old boy’s “panicked mother” had contacted police early that morning to say she had seen coverage of the murder and believed the victim was her son, who had been picked up from his home. by his father Thursday night.

The murder victim was identified by the mother and another family member as the 8-year-old boy, whose name was not released, and the half-brother’s mother told police she also believed the 8-year-old was the boy. in a sketch made from a photo of the murder victim, Spencer said at the press conference this afternoon.

This image, taken by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, shows a sketch of a boy described as a Hispanic 10-year-old, four feet tall and weighing 123 pounds

This image created by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows a sketch of a boy described as a Hispanic 10 year old, four feet tall and weighing 123 pounds

The 8-year-old’s mother “positively identified that child as her son …” Spencer said, adding that she signed an affidavit. “There’s a really, really big deal when you look at those pictures, the autopsy pictures, and the 8-year-old kid.”

Because the 11-year-old half-brother’s location and well-being were unknown, police announced they were looking for him and the boys’ father, 37-year-old Jose Montes-Herrera, Spencer said.

‘We are going to do everything we can when it comes to the safety of a child. That’s exactly what we did, ”Spencer said.

But it turned out that Montes-Herrera was in central Utah with both boys in an unspecified area with no cell phone coverage, and the father was found with the help of Utah authorities, Spencer said.

That provided confirmation that the 8-year-old boy was still alive and safe, Spencer said.

“ We are now still in the situation where we failed to identify the child discovered in Mountain Springs yesterday morning, ” Spencer said, referring to the area where the boy was found off a trail along State Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump .

“We are still sifting through hundreds of tips we get and we continue to work around the clock,” he said.

The murder victim was discovered near the forest area of ​​the Mountain Springs Trailhead at around 7:45 a.m. on Friday, police said.  The boy was pronounced dead on the spot by medics

The murder victim was discovered near the forest area of ​​the Mountain Springs Trailhead at around 7:45 a.m. on Friday, police said. The boy was pronounced dead on the spot by medics

The murder victim was discovered near the forest area of ​​the Mountain Springs Trailhead at around 7:45 a.m. on Friday, police said. The boy was pronounced dead on the spot by medics.

Anna Jones, a Mountain Springs resident, placed flowers and a small cross that read “ RIP Sweet Child ” near where the boy’s body was found Friday afternoon, the Las Vegas Review Journal.

“How can you do that?” she asked. “I just can’t even imagine how that could happen.”

“He’s clearly a murder victim,” Spencer said Friday, adding that authorities are not releasing any information about injuries to the boy’s body.

To be cause and manner of death will be released by the Clark County coroner’s office.

The Homicide Department of the Las Vegas Police Department can be reached at 702-828-3521. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or go to crimetoppersofnv.com.

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