Mystery over identity of dead boy found on beach in Texas

A forensic sketch artist has since created an image of the boy that are police are hoping to use to track down his family

A forensic sketch artist has since created an image of the boy that are police are hoping to use to track down his family

The body of a 3- to 5-year-old boy was found on a beach in Galveston on Friday.

The boy, though to be aged between two and five, is described as approximately 3' tall with a slender build, black hair and brown eyes.

The boy's body was found lying in the sand on Galveston Island around 5:30 p.m. on October 20, police say.

Police have ruled the case a homicide until they can "unequivocally prove otherwise" and are waiting for autopsy results to determine his cause of death, Galveston Police said in a press release.

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The boy was found naked and already in a state of decay when he was discovered on Stewart Beach, (pictured) Galveston around 5.30pm on Friday.

In a statement, the police said: "This is an extremely unusual case for Galveston Island, and the circumstances surrounding this death grow more and more suspicious as time goes on".

There are no recent missing children cases in Galveston, authorities said. In an effort to identify this child, the Galveston Police Department contacted one of the most experienced and best forensic artists in the nation, Lois Gibson, and she was able to render a sketch of this child for us. Investigators have been talking to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children but even they have no reports of a child gone missing that matches this description. Somebody somewhere here has seen this child, ' GPD Captain Josh Schirard told ABC News.

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