Cops Can't ID Boy Buried in NM Park

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2009 4:36 PM CDT

(Newser) – An autopsy was performed today on a boy found buried in a public playground in Albuquerque, NM, but he remains unidentified, reports. About 50 investigators are canvassing the area around Alvarado Park to identify the 3- to 5-year-old or a suspect. A mother taking her own kids to the park yesterday noticed a shoe poking out of the sand and alerted police.

"No one has stepped forward as parent, guardian or caretaker or any other relationship with this child," said a police spokesman, the AP reports. The boy, whose ethnicity could not be identified due to sand discoloration, likely died over the past 48 hours.