Police try to ID body found in suitcase in southern Indiana woods

Child's body found in suitcase
Posted at 11:26 PM, Apr 17, 2022

SALEM, Ind. — Indiana State Police released new information surrounding the discovery of a dead child in a wooded area of southern Indiana.

Investigators said Tuesday the body of a boy believed to be five to eight years old was found inside a suitcase with a distinctive Las Vegas design on the front and back.

According to police, a mushroom hunter found the body around 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a heavily wooded area in Washington County.

He is believed to have died sometime within the past week. In a press release, Indiana State Police said an autopsy was conducted Tuesday, but no information as to the cause of death was determined. Investigators are still waiting on the results of the toxicology report.

Police are still asking for the public's help identifying the child. He's described as African American, approximately four feet tall, with a slender build and short haircut.

A toll-free tip line was established Monday. Investigators said they've received hundreds of calls but none have led to the boy's identification.

Police initially believed the boy was from the area, but because they haven’t received any tips or information about a missing child from the area, they now believe he could be from outside the area.

“We have reached out to local agencies, not just here in Indiana, but Kentucky, and Ohio as well,” state police spokesman Sgt. Carey Huls said. “At this point, we still don’t have a name.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-888-437-6432.

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