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Las Vegas cops release computer-generated images of young boy found murdered on hiking trail

Las Vegas cops release new computer-generated images of young boy found murdered and dumped on hiking trail: $10,000 reward offered for information leading to an ID

  • The boy, believed to be between the ages of eight and 10, remains nameless
  • His body was discovered by hikers behind a bush at 7.30am on May 28 
  • He was 4’11, 123 pounds and had black hair and brown eyes, police say
  • The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information leading to ID
  • New color images created on Photoshop based on photos from the medical examiner have clearer eyes, teeth, and less bruising to help ID

Authorities have released digitally enhanced images of an unidentified boy who was found murdered and dumped on a hiking trail near Las Vegas last month.

The new photos were developed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children based on images shared by the medical examiner. 

They were released Thursday along with news of a $10,000 reward for anyone with information pointing to the boy’s identity.

The renderings paint the most vivid picture yet of the eight-to-10-year-old Hispanic boy dubbed John ‘Little Zion’ Doe. 

The FBI describes the boy as 4’11’ and 123 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Authorities are referring to the boy as John 'Little Zion' Doe while they await his identification

Authorities released these digitally enhanced images of an unidentified boy who was found murdered and dumped on a hiking trail near Las Vegas last month

The boy's body was found by hikers behind a bush on Mountain Springs Trailhead between Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada

The boy’s body was found by hikers behind a bush on Mountain Springs Trailhead between Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada

The boy’s body was spotted at around 7.30am on May 28 by a group of hikers on Mountain Springs Trailhead, near mile marker 20 off State Route 160 between the cities of Las Vegas and Pahrump.

The Las Vegas Metro Police Department and the FBI’s Las Vegas division say the child was a victim of homicide. 

They believe the body was found within 24 hours of his death. 

‘I was just shaken,’ said Shawna Burke, 63, who lives close to where the body was found, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. ‘Nothing ever happens up here.’

'I was just shaken. Nothing ever happens up here,' said one area resident after learning that the boy's body was found near her home

‘I was just shaken. Nothing ever happens up here,’ said one area resident after learning that the boy’s body was found near her home

The FBI and the LVMPD both say the child was a victim of homicide. They believe he was found within 24 hours of his death.

The FBI and the LVMPD both say the child was a victim of homicide. They believe he was found within 24 hours of his death.

The new images were created on Adobe Photoshop, and authorities hope they will help identify the boy sooner thanks to the stark details drawn by the artists.

Colin McNally, the supervisor for the imaging unit at the NCMEC, told Las Vegas station KVVU that the new images ‘open up the eyes, sort of clean up the tissue damage, (and) change the perspective of the image so that it’s turned upright’.

‘These images are really important to make sure we’re capturing what this child would’ve looked like – it’s not just creating a face to put out with the case, but making this truly specific to this child based on the image that we have … to go along with the case information in the hopes that someone will recognize him and give the child his name back,’ McNally said. 

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