A mom said it was her son who was found dead at the foot of a trail outside Las Vegas. But police say that was not the case and now ask for the public’s help identifying the boy.
The strange case took another turn this weekend when police confirmed the child of the woman who came forward was safe. Officers also released an updated sketch of the victim in hopes of finding the boy’s identity.
Around 7:45 a.m. on May 28, Las Vegas Metro police responded to a call of an unresponsive boy near the Mountain Spring Trailhead.
There, officers found the body of an 8- to 12-year-old boy, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. Officials held a press conference and released a sketch of the boy that afternoon.
The next day, a mother came forward and identified the victim as her 8-year-old son, according to police. The boy was last seen leaving his house on May 27 around 9 p.m. He was with his father, Jose Montes-Herrera, 37, and his half-brother Eden, 11.
Las Vegas police then held another press conference to locate the family.
A short time later, police learned the family was camping in central Utah and out of cell phone reception. Police found the trio and confirmed everyone was safe.
Police now say the mom misidentified the victim as her son.
Las Vegas officers worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and released a new sketch of the victim. Police believe the victim is between 8- to 12-years old. He is 4-feet-11-inches tall and weighs 123 pounds. Due to where he was found, the victim may have lived in Las Vegas, Pahrump, Baker or other nearby cities.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Las Vegas police at (702) 828-3521.