Las Vegas authorities are asking the public to help identify a young boy who was discovered dead by a group of hikers Friday morning.
Las Vegas police ask for help IDing young boy found dead by hikers, ‘victim of an obvious homicide'
Police asked anyone aware of a missing child from Las Vegas to Southern California to reach outLas Vegas authorities are asking the public to help identify a young boy who was discovered dead by a group of hikers Friday morning.
The group was hiking the Mountain Springs Trailhead near State Route 160 somewhere between Las Vegas and Pahrump when they found the body at about 7:30 a.m., Las Vegas Police Lt. Ray Spencer told reporters.
Investigators believe the boy is possibly 10 years old and of Hispanic ethnicity. He was described as 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 123 pounds. Investigators said he is the "victim of an obvious homicide," possibly within the past 24 hours.
"It's paramount that we're able to identify him so we can begin the key points of this investigation," Spencer said at an afternoon news conference.
He declined to say what kind of injuries the body was found with or how the child died.
Las Vegas detectives have spoken with other law enforcement agencies in the state and Southern California to see if they have any missing persons reports that match the description of the boy, Spencer said.
Multiple detectives are working on the case, he said.
Spencer urged anyone in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas – including Southern California – to reach out to authorities if they have a child, nephew or grandchild that has gone missing.