Police release updated sketch of child victim after misidentification

Updated image provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Las Vegas, Nevada: Over the weekend there was a flurry of activity related to the murdered child found outside of Las Vegas on Friday morning, but officers find themselves back at square one, working to establish the identity of the child.


In the overnight hours between Friday night and Saturday morning a mother saw the image initially released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and came forward, believing that the boy was her 8-year-old son.


She spoke with officers for hours, not only providing additional images, but also signing an affidavit with the coroner stating that she believed the body belonged to her son. Additional family members even asserted that they believed the identification.


This created an Amber Alert for another boy, the half-brother of the believed victim and the father of the boys.


Within hours of the press conference announcing these seeming breakthroughs, officers once again had to address the media, this time to say that it had been a false identification.


The father and both of his sons had been camping in an area of Utah outside of cell-service. They were all found to be alive and well.


Now an updated digital image created with the assistance of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has been released by LVMPD.


Officers are still working to establish an identity of the victim found Friday, May 28, at approximately 7:45 am in the area of the Mountain Springs Trailhead near mile marker 20 along State Route 160.