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Body of unidentified boy washes ashore in Texas

Police in Galvenston seek public's help to identify boy, whose body is in the early decomposition stages

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Police are asking the public to help identify a young boy whose body was found on a beach in Southeast Texas.

Galveston police say the boy, aged 3 to 5 years, was found Friday evening and that no one has reported a child missing.

Authorities have been unable to find a child matching his description in databases of missing persons.

Police received a call at about 5:30 pm on Friday from a passerby who was walking on the beach and spotted a body near the surf.

Homicide investigators with the Texas police are investigating after the body of a toddler was found

Capt. Joshua Schirard says police don’t believe the death is related to Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas on Aug. 25.

He says the body is in the early decomposition stages and there are no signs of major trauma.

Police are treating the case as a homicide as they wait for an autopsy report. They commissioned a sketch artist and released a portrait of the boy Sunday.

Schirard says: “Someone somewhere knows this child.”