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Galveston Police Release Photo of Child Victim in Homicide Investigation

2 years 9 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, January 30 2018 Jan 30, 2018 January 30, 2018 2:29 PM January 30, 2018 in News

GALVESTON – Galveston police released the photo a child that washed up lifeless on a beach last October.

The child, believed to be 3 to 4 years old, was found unclothed near the shoreline on the 700 block of Seawall Blvd.

The Galveston Police Department’s investigation prompted searches in local, state and federal databases for reports of missing children to no avail. Authorities say no one has claimed or helped identify the boy, who police nicknamed “Little Jacob.”

The agency released a sketch to the public hoping someone would recognize the child. He remains unidentified.

In an attempt to identify him, the city of Galveston and Galveston police released an image of the boy upon discovery. 

Police say they believe the child died around Oct. 17 or Oct. 18. and was already deceased when submerged in the water.

Additionally, analyses by the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Weather Service concluded the body was put into the water locally in the Galveston County area.

Autopsy results “showed signs of neglect and injuries consistent with abuse” but they don’t appear to have been fatal.

The cause of death remains unknown.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the identity of the child can contact the FBI at 1-800-225-5324.

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