Body of missing autistic boy found stuffed in dumpster; teen relative in custody

Authorities found the body of a little boy on Tuesday in Snohomish County, Washington, after he vanished the day prior from his family’s apartment.

Seattle Times reports that police said the body found is likely of 6-year-old Dayvid Pakko. According to the boy’s mother, David vanished on Monday afternoon; he was last seen at his apartment complex at the 15700 block of 44th Avenue West, in Lynnwood.

According to Snohomish County  Sheriff’s office spokeswoman, Shari Ireton, David was ill and stayed home from school on Monday while his mother left for work. When she returned home, she couldn’t find her son.

A 19-year-old man, reportedly a relative of the family, was taken into custody in connection with Dayvid’s death. It’s still unclear what the suspect’s exact relation is with the family, and it’s also unclear what information or evidence led police to detain him.

Ireton indicated that the 19-year-old is the only person suspected in the little boy’s death. He’s only detained at this time with no charges yet, but detectives obtained a search warrant to the child’s home in order to gather and process evidence. Ireton

Ireton said that the child died from foul play. Authorities are awaiting autopsy results to determine the exact cause of death.

“There is evidence that the boy was a victim of homicide,” Ireton said. “Obviously, it’s an incredibly tragic ending.”

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the SNOPAC sheriff’s office at 425-407-3970.

[Feature Photo: Family Handout]