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TX GALVESTON JOHN DOE / LITTLE JACOB: M, 3-5, washed up on Galveston, TX beach - 20 Oct 2017

Discussion in 'Unidentified 2000 to Present' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Police need help ID'ing child found dead on Galveston beach


    Galveston police need help identifying a young boy whose body was found Friday evening not far from the ocean surf line in a case that they are treating as a possible homicide.

    Local police, surrounding authorities and federal agencies have searched databases but could not find any missing persons cases matching the boy, who is believed to be 3 to 5 years old, officials said at a press briefing in Galveston Sunday.

    "The circumstances are without a doubt suspicious," he said. "There are no answers at this point."

    The young boy, who may have been at least partially of Hispanic descent, was found by a 911 caller at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of Seawall Boulevard. It's a stretch that Schirard described as "not a heavily traversed part of our beach," lying somewhere between two major Galveston beaches, Stewart beach and the region's primary beach near Seawall Boulevard.

    Schirard described the child as roughly 3 feet tall, around 30 pounds, with brown hair roughly 3 to 4 inches long.

    There were no distinguishing characteristics that could have led police to identify the child, he said. The boy's body did not appear to have sustained trauma, and was found unclothed – not unusual in drowning cases, in which a few minutes in the surf can remove clothing from a person, Schirard said.

    But it is not clear if the child washed up on the surf or if the body was planted in the area. Police have not ruled out human trafficking, and contacted agencies in surrounding counties, federal agencies and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for any records matching the case. Nothing turned up.

    Authorities are treating the case as a homicide and enlisted Texas forensic artist Louis Gibson to sketch a portrait of the child, based on photos provided by detectives, over the weekend. Police and Gibson said the body was not severely decomposed and "fairly intact" with no missing limbs.

    Officials said they are still waiting for an official report from the medical examiner's office to determine the cause of the child's death – it is not clear the boy had drowned – and asking anyone with information to contact police at 409-765-3776.


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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Police release sketch of boy found dead on Galveston beach

    Sunday afternoon the Galveston Police Department released a sketch of the small child found dead on a beach in Galveston.

    Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the little boy. The department released the following statement with the sketch:

    "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. The child is described as approximately 3’ tall with a slender build, black hair, and brown eyes.

    This is an extremely unusual case for Galveston Island, and the circumstances surrounding this death grow more and more suspicious as time goes on.

    We are still waiting on the official Medical Examiner’s report from the autopsy; however, we will continue to treat this death as a homicide until we can unequivocally prove otherwise.

    We are asking everyone to please take a look at this child and see if you recognize him. This picture is now available on the City of Galveston Website and the Galveston Police Department’s social media outlets; please share it.

    Someone, somewhere knows this child and can help us identify him."

    The body of the little boy was found in the surf around 5:30 p.m. Friday by someone walking along the beach at 7th and Seawall.

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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    'Somebody knows this kid:' Police search for identity of child found dead on beach

    Galveston police are asking for help identifying a young child found dead on the beach.

    The boy was found by a passer-by on the sand in between 7th and 8th streets, just west of Stewart Beach around 5:30 p.m. Friday. Detectives say he was naked and his body was in the early stages of decomposition.

    "This kid deserves justice," said GPD detective Jeff Banks.

    What happened to him remains a mystery.

    Police had a forensic sketch artist look at pictures of the body and create a sketch in the hope that someone might recognize the boy. More than 48 hours since he was found and investigators still can't say what happened to him, who he is, or how he got here.

    "Somebody knows this kid. Whether it's a family member, a friend, day care provider, teacher, next door neighbor, guy at the grocery store that's seen this kid come in. Somebody somewhere here has seen this child," said GPD Captain Josh Schirard.


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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Sketch could help solve mystery of dead boy on Galveston beach

    A mystery continues to unfold along the shores of Galveston Island. Police found a little boy's body on the beach Friday night, and 48 hours later nothing is washing up but more questions.

    "This baby almost looked alive," said Lois Gibson.

    Gibson is a world renown sketch artist that works with HPD. She's one of a few people who have seen the dead boy's photos.

    "He was all there, his lips were full and I could see his teeth and picture him smiling," said Gibson. "He had beautiful eyelashes, everything was intact, he was one of the best unidentified murder victims I'd ever seen."

    Her job was to make the 3 to 5-year-old boy come to life in her sketch to help detectives get answers.

    "I could picture him running for a second, then to get my adrenaline running I picture him getting hurt, and then I stopped it and started drawing," said Gibson.

    The sketch is now the only tool detectives have to learn the boy's name. Gibson has sketched seven murdered children in her career. Her last sketch helped Galveston PD identify "Baby Grace" and ultimately led to the arrest of the little girl's mother.

    "It's really hard when it's a baby," said Gibson. "I've identified every baby that I've drawn a picture of. I want that. I need it."

  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Could he have fallen off a boat that was ridden by Mexican nationals in the Gulf? Have they checked with Mexico? I'm just throwing that out as a theory.
  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Galveston PD needs leads after boy's body found on beach

    Police continue to search for answers, four days after the body of a young boy washed up on Stewart Beach.

    Near the site, a memorial made of stuffed animal and flowers is growing, along with the community’s questions about what happened.

    “After all this time, what, three or four days, no one has come forward? Grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, no one?," said Wanda Grunwell

    Wanda and her husband Mark live about a block from last Friday’s crime scene. The couple watched as Galveston Police investigators delicately removed the child’s body.

    “We watched the whole thing, from the woman finding the baby. It’s just hit me really hard.” Grunwell said.


    Police beg for help to ID boy found dead on beach: 'Someone somewhere knows this child'

    The boy's body was found "in fairly intact condition" with no obvious trauma to his body, Schirard said. Investigators are still waiting on the medical examiner to determine the child's cause of death, Schirard said. He was found nude, but Schirard said his clothes could have been removed by the rough surf.

    The fact that no one has come forward to report a missing child is what makes the case "so unusual," he added. He said that with Galveston's 37 miles of beaches, they often deal with drownings during tourist season in the summer, but the drowning victim is always accompanied by someone.

    "We don’t have bodies just wash up on our beach with no story behind them -- much less 3 to 5-year-old children. This doesn’t happen here. It hasn’t happened here," he said.

    The case has some similarities to the murder of Bella Bond, the 2-year-old who was nicknamed "Baby Doe" after her unidentified body washed up on a beach near Boston in June 2015. It took 85 days for the girl to be identified.

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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Hundreds of tips but still no answers in mysterious case of naked child found on Galveston beach

    More than 10 days after a young boy's naked body was found near the surf on a Galveston beach, the FBI is on the case as investigators sift through an avalanche of more than 1,000 tips.

    But the medical examiner's report - which could finally hold some answers - may not be done for a few more weeks, authorities said.

    Nearly two weeks later, there are still no breaks in the case, even though Galveston authorities have worked to broaden the case by bringing in the FBI, the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and "pretty much any agency that can help," Schirard said Tuesday.

    "Right now it's really focused on getting the kid identified and finding any family he might have," he added. The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Without an autopsy complete, it's still not clear how the boy died, and Schirard said there were no immediate signs of trauma visible on the body.

    As investigators push on, the leads are pouring in.

    "There's been hundreds of tips," Schirard said. "Like well over a thousand. A lot of them are pointing to the same cases."

    Authorities are wading through the potential leads, but with relatively little information to go on.

  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Sounds like they may need a rule out system for some of the tips.
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  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    $10K reward offered for info about 'Little Jacob' found dead on beach

    The Galveston Police Department and the FBI are offering up to $10,000 for information about the little boy found dead on the beach.

    The boy, who investigators are now calling "Little Jacob" is believed to be between 3 and 5 years old, about three feet tall with brown eyes and dark black hair.

    He still hasn't been identified. Investigators are waiting on test results to know exactly how he died.

    Investigators say naming the boy will help improve communication about the investigation and hopefully help jog more people's memories.

    They say the focus of the investigation is the identity of the little boy and his family.

    Clear Channel is assisting with the investigation and will be plastering that sketch on billboards across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.

    The photo will stay on the billboards until "Little Jacob" is identified.

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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    $10K reward offered in hopes of finding family of ‘Little Jacob’ found dead on Galveston beach

    Investigators with the FBI’s Texas City office and the Galveston Police Department continue to ask for the public’s help in the case of a boy whose body was found on a Galveston beach almost two months ago.

    The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the identification and location of the family members caring for ‘Little Jacob’.

    “It’s heartbreaking that no one has come forward to identify this boy or offer any clues as to what happened to him,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ed Michel of the FBI Houston field office.

    “Our focus continues to be on identifying the family of ‘Little Jacob’,” said Galveston Police Captain Josh Schirard. “Someone has to know who they are, who ‘Little Jacob’ is and what happened to him.”

    Investigators believe sometime on or about Oct.18, family members caring for the boy may have provided a plausible explanation for the child’s whereabouts, such as, staying with family or friends out of the area. The explanation may have also indicated that the child would be away from the family’s care for an extended period of time.

    Prior to the boy’s disappearance, family members caring for the child may have indicated that the child caused additional stress on the caregivers due to the child’s health or behavioral issues.

    “Our hope is that we solve Little Jacob’s mystery in time for Christmas. We may be asking for a Christmas miracle, but I believe in miracles,” said Special Agent Richard Rennison who is assisting the Galveston Police Department in the case.

    The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for the successful identification and location of the family members caring for this young boy at the time of his disappearance. Anyone with information should call 1-800-CALL-FBI or 1-800-225-5324.


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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Galveston PD gives new details from investigators on boy found dead on beach

    "What is the story? How did this child get there? Somebody knows something,” said Rania Mankarious, Executive Director of Crime Stoppers, “Why aren't they coming forward?"

    “To have a situation with absolutely no leads is quite rare,” explained Mankarious.

    Mankarious and community leader Jennifer Hohman, founder of the #FightForUs movement, have been trying to work out where the boy may have come from and the circumstances surrounding his last moments.

    In a press release Thursday, Galveston Police reveal two new pieces of information, “Investigators believe sometime on or about Wednesday, October 18, the family members caring for the boy may have provided a plausible explanation for the child’s whereabouts, such as, staying with family or friends out of the area. The explanation may have also indicated that the child would be away from the family’s care for an extended period of time. Prior to the boy’s disappearance, the family members caring for the child may have indicated that the child caused additional stress on the caregivers due to the child’s health or behavioral issues.”

    Hohman says nothing should be ruled out including trafficking which is why it’s important to be nosy.

    “You have a neighbor where you see that the child is no longer coming outside and then maybe giving an explanation that sounds plausible, be aware, be curious. Call Crime Stoppers.” said Hohman.

    Although there are still so many unknowns in this case, one thing authorities believe they do know is this child’s killer is still out there.

    “This was a little child whose last moments were probably horrific,” said Mankarious. “If that doesn't pull on your heartstrings or break your heart, I don't know what will.”

    The FBI is hoping a $10,000 reward could lead to information about who "Little Jacob" is or who was caring for him.

    Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Soooo much attention and focus on Baby Doe / Bella. Dozens of articles daily for weeks and weeks. The entire country knew about Bella.
    Where is all of that attention and care for Little Jacob?
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  13. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member



    The Haunting, Heartbreaking Mystery of 'Little Jacob'

    The little boy’s body was found on the beach here one October afternoon, spotted by a passerby walking along the surf just before dusk. Nobody knew how he got there. Nobody knew his name. Nobody came looking for him.

    Two months later, there are still no answers.

    Investigators named the unknown toddler Little Jacob and had hoped to solve his case by Christmas. Instead, the mystery continues to haunt this Texas resort town, and the story has spread across the region.

    Police believe Little Jacob was about 3 years old, 3 feet tall and likely of Hispanic descent with black hair and brown eyes.

    Locals in the strand of beachside bars and shops here wonder where Little Jacob could have come from and who could have abandoned him.

    “It’s just bizarre that nobody would claim him,” said Rodney Amason, who works at a beach gear and souvenir shop. Police say it is exceedingly rare for no family member or caregiver to have emerged by now

    Galveston police have released other clues: no obvious cause of death; his body was probably in the water for less than 12 hours.

    Investigators have scoured law-enforcement databases for missing children cases that might match. They have checked with the Coast Guard for reports of local boat accidents.

    A makeshift memorial has appeared at the beach’s edge, near where the boy was discovered.

    A wooden cross is decorated with pictures of various things a little boy might like: cartoon cars, a soccer ball and superheroes. Above the pictures, someone has painted a few words: “You mattered little guy.”

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  14. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    Thank you SheWho, Sorry, I didn't see a thread on him. What a heart breaking case...:tears:
  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Young Boy Found Dead on Texas Beach 2 Months Ago: No One Knows Who He Is or How He Died

    About two months after a small boy was discovered on a beach in Galveston, Texas, officials aren’t sure who the boy is or what happened to him.

    In a report from The Wall Street Journal last week, the mystery of “Little Jacob,” as the child has been called, is no closer to being solved. The FBI has offered a $10,000 reward for information about the child, whose face appears on billboards across Texas.

    Police are not sure if the child drowned or if he died before he got into the water.

    The surreal-ness of standing on a beach with a three-year-old lying dead and nobody looking for them, nobody calling for them—I have never experienced that in my time here,” Galveston Police spokesperson Capt. Josh Schirard was quoted by The Wall Street Journal as saying.

    “I can’t wrap my head around what is happening here,” Special Agent Richard Rennison told the newspaper.

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  16. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Carl Koppelman's recon:

  17. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    So glad he did one. Thanks for posting.
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  18. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    There is a GRAPHIC, POST-MORTEM PHOTO available at this link. You have to click on a slide show to get to the photo: https://www.lmtonline.com/news/loca...ice-release-photo-of-missing-boy-12537375.php

    As a last-ditch effort to identify the boy whose body was found Oct. 20, 2017 in Galveston, investigators with the FBI and Galveston Police Department provided autopsy results and a new photo of the child on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.

    A reverse drift analysis conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard and National Weather Service -- which looked at currents and tidal patterns based on Galveston's topography -- indicated that the boy died sometime between October 17 and 18, and it is believed that Little Jacob's body was put in the water somewhere in the Galveston County area. An autopsy indicated the boy had been in the water for 12 to 48 hours before he was found.

    The Galveston medical examiner have not yet determined a cause of death, but the boy had signs of abuse and neglect, including possible malnourishment, as he weighed somewhere between 26 and 30 pounds, half the weight of a normal boy his age. The medical examiner ruled out drowning, as there was no water found in his lungs or respiratory system.

    Searches were also conducted in local, state and national databases looking for report of missing children matching the boy's description, but produced no promising results. These agencies had pursued and exhausted hundreds of leads, and DNA samples did not give any information that would identify the boy.

    Detective Jeff Banks of the Galveston Police Department said he had been working the case non-stop since the boy was found and said the decision to release the photo was painful but necessary in trying to solve this case.

    "We really have no other options," Banks said. "The most important thing is we get him identified. I hate to release that photo. It's terrible. But I think at the end of the day the objective of identifying him outweighs it."

    The FBI is offering a $10,000 award for successful identification and location of the family members caring for the boy at the time of his disappearance. If the public has any information regarding the identity or circumstances surrounding the death of Little Jacob, they are encouraged to call 1-800-CALL FBI.

    "We continue to believe that someone out there knows this child," said Capt. Joshua Schirard, spokesman for the Galveston Police Department. "Someone has seen him. That child deserves to be identified and properly laid to rest but for this to happen, input from the public is absolutely crucial."
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  19. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    He looks like he went through a lot. :( I hope the release of that image compels someone to come forward for this boy.
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