‘We will not stop,’ new photo released, $10K reward offered in effort to identify dead child found near Mountain Springs

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — It will be one week tomorrow that the body of a boy was found off of State Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump.

And while the child still remains unidentified, he is now being referred to by law enforcement as “John Little Zion Doe.”

Metro police released a new digitally enhanced photo from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Metro Lt. Ray Spencer say the photo does a better job of capturing the boy’s weight and the gap between his front teeth.

Digitally enhanced photo from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The FBI announced a reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the identification of the boy or information leading to the identification of the person of interest related to his death.

“This child has a right to be referred to by his given name. He’s someone’s son, someone’s grandson and he deserves law enforcement’s commitment to solving this case,” said Jeremy Swartz, FBI Las Vegas.

“John Little Zion Doe” is described to be:

  • Hispanic
  • Black hair, brown eyes
  • 8-10-years-old
  • 4’11”
  • 123 pounds
  • Gap between front teeth

The boy was found by a hiker on Friday morning, May 28 at the Mountain Springs Trailhead. Police believe his body had been recently placed there. They urge anyone who was traveling on State Route 160 late Thursday night (May 27) through early Friday morning (May 28) and may have noticed something unusual, such as a car pulled off to the side of the road, police want to hear from you. They say no detail is too small.

“We are literally identifying any potential leads regarding who the deceased is. We are going door to door looking to make sure that on every one of those tips that the children someone has called in we are verifying their well-being. I can tell you that is several hundred that we have done so far,” Metro Lt. Spencer said.

Several agencies have been working on the case including CCSD, FBI, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Border Patrol, Clark Count Family Services and Henderson Police.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Metro Homicide at (702) 828-3521, or at homicide@lvmpd.com, or to call 1-800-CALL-FBI, you can also send a tip to tips.FBI.gov, or to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555.

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