On Friday evening a person walking in a sparsely populated area of Galveston Beach in southeast Texas spotted the body of a young boy in the surf and called the police. Three days later, authorities have still not be able to identify the boy. Local police can say that the boy is white and appears to be between the ages of 3 and 5, the Dallas Morning News reports. At a news conference Friday Galveston Police Capt. Joshua Schirard called the case "unusual." "It’s very difficult as a police officer, as a police agency and as a community to have the death of a small child, lying in the sand and to not have any answers to give anyone,” he said.
Local police searched the missing-child databases of surrounding counties and federal agencies, including the Coast Guard and US Customs, but found nothing. In a press release, Galveston police say they had brought in "one of the most experienced and best forensic artists in the nation" to help them make a positive ID, the New York Daily News reports. Police describe the boy as approximately three feet tall with black hair and brown eyes. They are currently treating the case as a homicide. (Read more Galveston stories.)