GALVESTON, TX — Investigators have revealed new details in the mysterious death of “Little Jacob,” the unidentified child whose body was found washed up on a Galveston beach in October.
Investigators with the FBI and Galveston Police Department announced at a press conference that they believe that the boy was approximately three to five years old and died around October 17 or October 18, 2017.
“Jacob’s” body was found by a passerby along the water in the 700 block of Seawall on October 20.Since then, multiple law-enforcement agencies have investigated the case. They have released sketches of the child on billboards across the region from Kentucky to Texas to Louisiana and offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information about his death.
Autopsy results are inconclusive. However, authorities have stated that the boy’s body showed signs of neglect and injuries consistent with abuse. Investigators have also said that they believe that his family may have made excuses about his whereabouts around the time he was killed.
After investigating hundreds of fruitless leads and tips in an attempt to identify “Jacob,” authorities decided to release the actual photograph of his dead body.
“It’s heartbreaking that no one has come forward,” Ed Michel, FBI assistant special agent in charge of Houston Division, said. “We believe someone out there knows something or has seen something that could help us in this investigation.”
Investigators have also considered that it’s possible the boy’s parents may be undocumented and that could be why they haven’t claimed the body of their son. But Galveston police spokesman Josh Schirard emphasizes, “At this point, we’re not concerned with the documented status of Little Jacob, of his parents, of his family.”
Police are asking anyone with information about the boy to contact the Galveston Police Department at (409) 765-3776 or the FBI at 1 (800) CALL-FBI.
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Main image: Artist’s sketch of unidentified boy known as “Little Jacob” [Provided]