On Oct. 20, the body of a young boy washed up on a Texas beach in Galveston. No one came forward to claim the child, and police are still trying to identify him as they strive to solve his murder.
They’ve given him the name “Little Jacob,” and with the help of a police sketch and the offer of a $10,000 reward, they’re seeking the public’s help, according to KTXS.
Authorities in Galveston are still trying to determine how the child died, as they filter through “hundreds and hundreds and hundreds” of fruitless tips, according to police spokesman Josh Schirard.
The baffling case is “heartbreaking,” said FBI assistant special agent Ed Michel, who is in charge of Houston Division. He says that although no one has come forward to claim the boy, officials believe “someone out there knows something or has seen something that could help” them solve the case.
The investigation is now centered around identifying his family. Officials say “Little Jacob” could be undocumented and think that might be the reason family members have not come forward.
“Little Jacob” washed ashore on a quiet stretch of beach, where a beach-goer first spotted his naked body. Authorities couldn’t match his description to any missing children. According to police, the circumstances seemed suspicious. However, there was no obvious trauma to the boy.
“Little Jacob” is described as Hispanic and police say he weighed approximately 30 pounds, was 3-feet tall and aged between 3 and 5 years old. Police have released a sketch of the dead child and a list of possible “indicators” and behavioral clues to help identify his family.
According to police:
- Little Jacob may have disappeared as early as Oct. 18.
- His parents or caretakers would have given an explanation for his extended absence.
- His disappearance may have been explained as a visit/extended stay with friends or family.
- The family might have unusual interest in the investigation.
- The family may seem nervous or irritable.
“Prior to the boy’s disappearance, family members of the child may have indicated that the child caused additional stress on caregivers due to the child’s health or behavioral conditions,” Schirard said.
“Someone out there knows this child’s family,” he added.
Authorities still don’t know if the boy came from the United States, how long he’d been in the water or how far his body might have traveled, according to WGAL
Police say they aren’t interested in making an arrest over the potential legal status of his parents.
“At this point, we’re not concerned with the documented status of Little Jacob, of his parents, of his family,” Schirard said. “My hope is that we don’t have to call him ‘Little Jacob’ for long.”
— NCMEC (@MissingKids) November 7, 2017
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