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Vegas police, FBI release new images of dead boy, announce $10K reward for information

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Posted at 8:16 AM, Jun 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-04 01:00:33-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police and the FBI released new, digitally-enhanced photos of the boy who was found dead near a trailhead last week during a press conference on Thursday morning.

The boy is now being identified as John “Little Zion” Doe. The FBI also announced a $10,000 reward in connection to the investigation.

Lt. Ray Spencer said that they have received several hundred tips in connection to the case. He also said they are not going to be able to solve this case without the help of the public.

Spencer also said that this is the first time in several years that they have received assistance from the FBI in identifying a body.

When asked for details about the boy's death, Spencer declined to elaborate.


The boy's body was found near Mountain Springs Trailhead on May 28 and authorities say they are continuing their investigation now several days since a hiker discovered the body.

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Authorities have been asking teachers, in particular, to pay close attention to the new digitally enhanced picture released over the previous weekend.

Detectives believe the child was between 8 and 12 years old, about 4-foot, 11-inches tall and weighed approximately 123 pounds.

Wednesday, Jose Montes spoke out about being mistakenly accused of killing his son after the mother of his 8-year-old son, Daniel, misidentified the body, as her son was indeed alive and well with Montes.

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Thursday's press conference will take place at 10 a.m. at the LVMPD’s Headquarters.

Stay with 13 Action News for live coverage of this morning's press conference