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Las Vegas police release enhanced photo after murdered boy found by hikers misidentified

A murdered boy whose body was found by Nevada hikers was initially misidentified, and Las Vegas police posted a new digitally enhanced photo of the young murder victim on Sunday in the hopes that someone would provide information about who he is and what possibly happened.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Sunday released a digitally enhanced picture of the victim made available by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In particular, the authorities urge teachers to pay special attention to the newly published picture.

Investigators believe he is between 8 and 12 years old. He is six feet tall and weighs 123 pounds.

A group of hikers was walking along the Mountain Springs Trailhead, located near mile marker 20 on State Route 160, at around 7:30 am Friday when a member of the group walked behind a bush and discovered the body of a “very young boy.” , Lt. Raymond Spencer of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said at a news conference.

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Spencer said the boy was “clearly the victim of murder,” but declined to comment on his death.

Authorities have released a digitally enhanced picture of the young murder victim in the hope that someone will be able to provide information about his identity. After the police first published a sketch of the boy found dead, a mother came forward and incorrectly identified him as her missing son.

Authorities released a digitally enhanced picture of the young murder victim in the hope that someone could provide information about his identity. After the police first published a sketch of the boy found dead, a mother came forward and incorrectly identified him as her missing son.
((Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children))

A mother, who saw media reports early Saturday with a sketch of the victim first released by authorities, contacted the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and mistakenly identified him as her 8-year-old son. Her son was last seen walking out of the house with his 11-year-old half-brother Eden Montes and their birth father, 37-year-old Jose Montes-Herrera, around 9 p.m. on Thursday.

After the Las Vegas police held another press conference at 9:00 am on Saturday, police soon learned that 8-year-old boy Eden Montes and Jose Montes-Herrera were “camping in an area of ​​central Utah that was beyond cell phone reception lay “. The officers later confirmed that the two boys and their father were safe.

The highway near the site leads between Las Vegas and Pahrump to a town called Mountain Pass.

Spencer said investigators believe the body was left behind within 24 hours after Walkers later reported the boy was unresponsive and medical staff who arrived about 15 minutes later pronounced him dead at the scene.

Las Vegas authorities initially released a sketch of the unidentified boy.

Las Vegas authorities initially released a sketch of the unidentified boy.
(Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

“Due to the location of the body, the victim may have lived in Las Vegas, Pahrump, Baker or other nearby cities,” said a police press release. Spencer said he had asked anyone in the Las Vegas Valley, Pahrump, or the adjacent remote communities in Southern California to help identify the boy.

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Anyone with information is encouraged to call the 24-hour tip hotline at 702-828-3521 or 702-828-2907.

The Las Vegas Murder Division can be reached by email at homicide@lvmpd.com. To get anonymous tips, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555 or online at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

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