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Police seek tips after child's body found near hiking trail outside of Las Vegas

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Posted at 12:44 PM, May 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-29 12:56:12-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Police are asking anyone with information to come forward after a hiker found a child's body, believed to be 10 years old, near a trail outside of Las Vegas.

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"We need all of your help and the community's support and help in this case," said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer during an update on the investigation Friday evening.

Hours earlier, around 7:30 a.m., a group of hikers was in the area of Mountain Springs trail off State Route 160 -- the main roadway between Las Vegas and Pahrump -- when one of them went off the trail, according to the department.

Police say that person discovered the boy's body near the forest area.

Lt. Spencer described the boy as Hispanic around 4-feet, 11-inches tall and 123 pounds before sharing a photograph drawn by a sketch artist.

"He's actually a lot more fuller in the chin," said Lt. Spencer. "He looks a little older in this photograph."

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shares a sketch of a boy, believed to be 10 years old, found dead by hikers on May 28. Police ask anyone with information that could help the investigation to come forward.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or homicide@lvmpd.com. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555, or submit a tip online at crimestoppersofnv.com.

"Someone has to recognize this young man," said Lt. Spencer.

"It could be a neighbor, it could be a friend of the family's. Something that could lead investigators in a direction where we can get him identified in this investigation."

The Las Vegas police department says it has been in communication with other area agencies including those in Henderson, North Las Vegas, Nye County, and San Bernardino, California, and so far there are no missing person reports that match this case.

Investigators stress the information they can share at this time is vague because the investigation is active and ongoing.

Watch the police update below: