Bones found in Cleveland are of 4-year-old boy; identity unknown

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Human bones from a child were found on Sept. 20, 2017 on Longed Avenue, in Cleveland, Ohio and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams are asking the public’s help in identification.  The bones which consisted of a skull, arms and legs, were found in a bag hidden under bags in the backyard of the home.  The home was unoccupied as it has recently caught on fire, and was being renovated.   The bones were found by landscapers cleaning up the back yard.

Gilson said they have not yet determined a cause of death for the child, but called the death “suspicious,” reports Cleveland.com.  The DNA has been entered into a database but there has been no match.  Authorities are wondering if the boy was ever reported missing.  Gilson said it appeared the boy had been dead for several months, and may have been put there in the spring or early summer.  No race has been determined for the little boy, but they do know that he had long dark wavy hair and was average height and build.

A forensic sketch was done by Linda Spulock in hopes that someone might recognize the little boy.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact Cleveland police at 216-623-5464.

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