Authorities continued to investigate the death of an unidentified boy whose body was found on a hiking path near Las Vegas Saturday night, after which he became convinced that he was a local 8-year-old with a missing brother and father. .
On Friday morning, pedestrians discovered the boy's body, and
Police distributed a sketch of an artist after the boy's carcass was discovered by hikers on Friday morning, and a woman proceeded to claim that he was her son. Authorities then started searching for her 11-year-old stepbrother and her father."We're still in the same position I was yesterday," Spencer said.
But both the boys and their father were all found safe in Utah, officials said.
Lt. Ray Spencer of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said detectives and a coroner's officer met the mother of an 8-year-old girl, showed her pictures of the dead boy and signed an affidavit stating that he was her son.
The woman said her son was going to live with his father and his stepbrother, and the mix escalated when the 11-year-old's mother also identified a sketch of the dead boy as 8-year-old, Spencer said.
But after authorities began searching for the older boy and his father in Nevada, California and Utah, the trio escaped safely, he said. Spencer said it was difficult to reach the father because he was in an area in central Utah with poor cellphone service.
Spencer said Las Vegas detectives were back at the square Saturday night and were working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to create a new, digitized image of the unidentified boy.
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"We're still in the same position I was yesterday," Spencer said.
Police said the boy, described as 8 to 10-year-old Latino, was found at about 7:45 a.m. Friday at the Mountain Springs Trailhead, about 30 miles from Las Vegas.
"We are very happy that the mother got the news that her 8-year-old child had been found alive," Spencer said.
Detectives continued to work "round the clock" to get to the bottom of the unidentified boy's death, he said.