LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer provided a description of the child found deceased near Mountain Springs off of State Route 160 Friday. It is as follows:
- Hispanic male
- 4’11”, weighing 123 pounds
The boy’s body was discovered by hikers in the above-mentioned area near mile marker 20. SR 160 is the highway that leads between Las Vegas and Pahrump.
Spencer kept his Friday evening briefing vague, as “it is an active and ongoing investigation with a tremendous amount of resources working right now.” He says so far, the child does not fit the description of any local child listed as missing, which is why police are imploring for help.
“The department is doing absolutely everything that we can,” Spencer told the media. “We have detectives from all over the agency working from a variety of different aspects, trying to identify this young man.”
Detectives believe the boy has been dead around 24 hours, but they will not release any other information on injuries, what he was wearing or how he died.
According to Metro, around 7:30 a.m., a group of hikers was on a trail, when one of the hikers went off the trail to a bush. Police said that is where the woman found the boy’s body.
Metro says the child is clearly the victim of a homicide.
Police are also urging anyone who does not know the whereabouts of their son, nephew, or grandson to please call LVMPD Homicide at 702-828-3521. You can also reach out to Crime Stoppers to report what you know anonymously at 702-385-5555.
No other details have been released. Another update will be given at 5:30 p.m. 8 News Now will carry the news conference live on air and online.