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OH CLEVELAND JOHN DOE: M, 4, bones found in bag in abandoned house in Cleveland, OH - 20 Sept 2017

Discussion in 'Unidentified 2000 to Present' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Cleveland Police Seek Help in Identifying Boy Whose Remains Were Found in Bag in Abandoned House's Yard


    Cleveland police today released forensic sketches of a child in the hopes the public can help identify the boy, believed to be about 4 years old, whose bones were found in a bag in the lot of an abandoned house on Longmead Ave. on the west side on September 20.

    The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said the boy had probably been dead for several months before his remains were found. Authorities have already run DNA through a nationwide database and compared the child's attributes to a list of reported missing children, but found no matches.

    The bag of remains was discovered by a man who was pruning shrubs; investigators initially thought they might be connected to the death of Daniel Slone, who was killed and dismembered by Hector Diaz. Diaz disposed of part of Slone's body in a Lorain area dumpster and later killed himself after being surrounded by a SWAT team. That didn't turn out to be the case.

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    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Unreported missing boy's bones found in bag at vacant Cleveland home, officials say

    A bag of bones hidden in shrubs in the backyard of a vacant home in the city's Longmead-Puritas neighborhood belong to a young boy who has not been reported missing, officials said on Wednesday.

    Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams are asking the public's help in identifying the child, who is believed to be about 4 years old.

    Gilson said they have not yet determined how the child died, but called the death "extremely suspicious." Gilson said it appeared the boy had been dead for several months and likely died sometime in the late spring or early summer.

    The boy is described as having long wavy dark hair and brown eyes, Gilson said. Investigators have been unable to determine the child's race. Analyzing skeletal remains of children is more difficult to analyze than adult remains, Gilson said.

    He appears to be at the average heights and weight of a 4-year-old and had no prior health issues, Gilson said.

    "This is a 4-year-old child who is probably active and healthy," Gilson said. "I expect someone is missing this child. If there's someone you haven't seen in a while or you just wondered whatever became of such a person, please reach out to us."

    Investigators have searched local and nationwide missing-persons databases and found nothing that matched up with the profile created of the bones found Sept. 20 on Longmead Avenue, just east of West 130th Street, officials said.

    "We've checked every known database that we have for a missing child in that age range and we can't find one that fits that description," Williams said.

    Investigators entered the boy's DNA into the national missing person's database, but no match was found. Investigators are asking for DNA of anyone who may think a relative is missing. Gilson said they will not use that DNA for any other purposes other than identifying the child.

    Cleveland police homicide Det. Lt. Ali Pillow said the investigation can't proceed unless the boy is identified. He said an identification would allow investigators to determine who was responsible for the child at the time he went missing and under what circumstances the child was last seen alive.

    "Someone was responsible for this child. Whoever it was, there's some culpability in some way," Pillow said. "We don't know the totality of the situation, but we have to find out who this child was before we figure that out."


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