Boy found in trash bin still not ID'ed

February 4, 2008 11:00:15 AM PST
Federal, state and local authorities are desperate to solve a disturbing cold case. In 2003, an unidentified little boy was found dead in a dumpster at a Houston apartment complex.Authorities hope a bigger reward might lead to a break in the case. New crime scene photos were released today. They are photos of a boy believed to be 3 to 6 years old based on his dental records that looked scarcely over a year old.

The child was nicknamed 'Beloved Doe.' He was found in a dumpster back in 2003, wrapped in a blanket and stuffed in a red and white carrying bag. The child had scars on both his neck and abdomen when he was discovered in a trash bin at the Willow Creek apartment complex.

The child is described as a Caucasian male, possibly of Latino descent. He had close cropped hair. He was also described as having a right ear slightly larger than his left.

As residents were putting up memorials, the medical examiner's office revealed he had died of starvation and dehydration.

There were no other signs of trauma to his body.

Local, state and federal officials along with Crime Stoppers announced a combined $25,000 reward for information leading to the identities of both the child and the people who were supposed to take care of him.

"We are asking members of our community to think back to 2003 and March at the time that this young person was discarded in the garbage like another bag of trash, that we hold people accountable that were responsible for this terrible, terrible act," said Chief Harold Hurtt with the Houston Police Department.

Investigators have been struggling with case for five years. The leads have gone dry and the evidence has gone cold. Today, they are asking for the public's help, saying that they believe somebody out there knows something.

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A photo of the boy, the blanket and bag and other information will be available on the FBI's Web site under the wanted section.

Anyone with information is being asked to call the FBI's toll-free hot line, 1-888-324-4336 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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