Sellersburg, Indiana: On April 16, a man hunting for mushrooms in a heavily wooded area of eastern Washington County stumbled upon the remains of a young child at approximately 7:30 pm.
The child has been determined to be a Black boy between the ages of 5 and 8 with a slim build and short hair. Investigators say he was about 4 feet tall. No official cause of death was determined by the autopsy and a toxicology report has not yet been completed.
At this time, investigators believe that the child died within the week before his body was found.
Now, a month later, investigators are still seeking the public's help in identifying the child and beginning to ask how it can be that no one seems to know about him.
"For some reason, nobody's noticing that he's missing," Indiana State Police Sgt. Carey Hulls told Wave3 last Wednesday. "Well why would that be? It could be somebody who's not from this country" he speculated, adding, "We're not precluding anything like that in the investigation. So we have to ask ourselves, how can a young boy go missing and nobody know that he's missing? It's very troubling."
The body was found in a hard-sided suitcase with images of the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign on both the front and the back.
Indiana State Police have established a tip and are asking that anyone with information please contact them at (888) 437-6432. Additionally, Detective Matt Busick with the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg can be reached at (812) 248-4374 or (800) 872-6743.
They assured that each tip received is being looked into despite further information not being released from their offices.
They stated that they have been through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for possible matches.
The ISP have not released a sketch of the child. Hull defended the department's decision saying, "If somebody knows of a young black boy whose around five years old that is missing, you probably don't need a picture to remind you know that that boy is missing. If you know of somebody who hasn't shown up, that's the information we need."
"Integrity of this investigation is utmost," Hulls further explained. "So, unless we can determine that releasing information will help the investigation instead of hinder it, that's what we have to go by at this point."