Galveston police are working to identify a small boy found dead on the beach Friday evening.
Police say the boy looks to be between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. He is about 3 feet tall, and might be hispanic.
The child was found in the surf by a passerby around 5:30 p.m, by the 700 block of Seawall Blvd. His body was naked and in the early stages of decay, according to KTRK.
The case is being treated as a homicide until results from the autopsy are released.
Capt. Joshua Schirard with Galveston Police Department said the area where the boy was found is not heavily populated, KHOU reports.
Police say the boy’s description doesn’t match any local or national missing person’s reports, and they’re asking the public’s help in identifying him.
Please help us identify this deceased child found on the beach in Galveston Friday evening by calling 409-765-3776. We…
Forensic artist Lois Gibson was brought in to create a sketch of the child. Police released the sketch with a statement on the case.
“In an effort to identify this child, the Galveston Police Department contacted one of the most experienced and best forensic artists in the nation, Lois Gibson, and she was able to render a sketch of this child for us. The child is described as approximately 3’ tall with a slender build, black hair, and brown eyes.
This is an extremely unusual case for Galveston Island, and the circumstances surrounding this death grow more and more suspicious as time goes on.
We are still waiting on the official Medical Examiner’s report from the autopsy; however, we will continue to treat this death as a homicide until we can unequivocally prove otherwise.
We are asking everyone to please take a look at this child and see if you recognize him. This picture is now available on the City of Galveston Website and the Galveston Police Department’s social media outlets; please share it.
Someone, somewhere knows this child and can help us identify him.”
Galveston police have reached out to other agencies for help in identifying the boy. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is currently searching its database.
Anyone who may have any information on this case or the child’s identity is urged to call Galveston Police Department at 409-765-3702 or Galveston County Crimestoppers at 409-763-8477
[Feature Photo: Galveston Police Department]