Police work to identify young boy found dead on Vegas-area trail

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a boy believed to be around 10 years old after hikers found his body Friday morning on a trail outside of Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said the body may have been placed on the trail in the town of Mountain Springs, about 30 miles west of Vegas, on Thursday night.

The find near the Mountain Springs Trail was reported around 7:45 a.m., police said. The boy has been described as 8 to 12 years old and probably Latino.

Authorities have looked into reports of missing children from southern California to Nevada in their quest to identify the child.

“We have detectives from across the agency working on a variety of different aspects to try to identify this young man,” Lt. Ray Spencer said at a press conference on Friday.

Police said the Clark County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death.

Meanwhile, officials released an artist’s sketch of the boy in the hopes that someone could recognize him and give them a name.

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