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After initial mistaken identity, police in Las Vegas search for ID of child's body found by hiker

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Posted at 4:22 PM, May 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-01 18:04:44-04

UPDATE MAY 30: The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reports the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was able to provide the department with a digitally enhanced picture of a child whose body was found near Mountain Springs.

Authorities say they are asking teachers, in particular, to pay close attention to the new digitally enhanced picture. Detectives believe the child is 8 and 12 years old, about 4-foot, 11-inches tall and weighing approximately 123 pounds.

Also, due to the location of where the body was found, police say the boy may have lived in Las Vegas, Pahrump, Baker, or other nearby cities in Nevada and California.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says an alert to find an 11-year-old boy and his biological father earlier Saturday morning has been canceled after they were found safe in central Utah.

The endangered persons alert was issued after a woman identified a body found Friday by a hiker near Las Vegas as her 8-year-old son.

Her 8-year-old son and his 11-year-old half-brother were with their biological father and last seen Thursday night.

The alert was issued and authorities asked for the public's help as well as area hospitals to look out for the two.


However, police said Saturday afternoon, the two boys are alive and safe, and with their father. During an afternoon press conference, police said the father was in an area of central Utah without good cell phone coverage. The children's mother was able to speak to them both.

As for the mistaken identity of the body found at the trailhead Friday, officials say photographs of the body and pictures of the 8-year-old boy do look similar.

"There is a very close resemblance between the photographs and the 8-year-old child. I'll leave it at that," Lt. Ray Spencer said.