Galveston beach boy

‘We’re not releasing this photo lightly’: Police share actual photo of deceased boy found washed ashore, in hopes of someone identifying him

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A little boy who washed ashore a Texas beach last Oct. remains unidentified. In an attempt to encourage someone to come forward, authorities made the decision to release the actual photo of the young boy, taken after he was discovered.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Galveston police indicated that the boy, found washed ashore on a Galveston beach on Oct. 18, appeared to be around 3 years old. He was likely of Hispanic decent and found completely naked. He had black hair, brown eyes, and long eyelashes. A passerby spotted the child’s body at around 5:30 p.m. in a remote area by the 700 block of Seawall Blvd.

Initially, authorities released a composite sketch of the little boy, drawn by forensic artist Lois Gibson. The sketch depicted what the child likely looked like while alive. Yet, almost four months later, no one has contacted police to provide any information about the child.

It’s an unusual move for authorities to release the actual photo of the deceased boy, nicknamed “Little Jacob.” However, after searching in local, state, and national databases, investigators found no promising results to help identify the child. Detectives working the case sent multiple DNA samples to numerous labs, according to a City of Galveston official press release, but it returned no results to assist in identifying him.

“We’re not releasing this photo lightly. It’s really being done, at this point, as a last option,”Capt. Joshua Schirard with the Galveston Police Department said in a press conference on Tues. “We’ve exhausted all other things we could do to get this child identified.”

Although the exact date and cause of death has yet to be determined, authorities said that the boy was likely put into the water by someone locally. They indicated the boy’s body showed signs of abuse and neglect, but not to the point that the abuse killed him.

Anyone with any information on the boy is urged to call 1-800-CALL-FBI. A reward of up to $10,000 is currently being offered for information that leads to the identification of Little Jacob.

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[Feature Photo: Galveston Police Department]