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Police hope ‘digitally enhanced photo’ of boy found dead near Nevada trail will lead to identification

Las Vegas police on Sunday released “a digitally enhanced photo” of the young boy found dead near a Nevada trailhead Friday morning.

The boy is described as between 8 and 12 years old, 4 feet 11 inches tall and 123 pounds.

After investigators released a sketch of the boy on Friday, a “panicked mother” mistakenly identified him as her 8-year-old son, who was last seen leaving his house Thursday night with his father and 11-year-old half-brother, as CrimeOnline previously reported. Police launched a search for the father and half-brother, eventually finding both — and the 8-year-old — on a camping trip in Utah out of cell phone range.

The boy found by Mountain Springs Trailhead remains unidentified. Citing the investigation, police have not released information about how the boy died or what types of injuries he may have had. They did say his death was an “obvious homicide.”

Police ask anyone with information to call the tip line at 702-828-3521 or 702-828-2907.

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[Featured image: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children]