$10,000 reward offered for ID of boy found dead on Galveston beach

(Galveston Police Dept.)
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GALVESTON, Texas (AP) The FBI and Galveston police offered a reward Monday of as much as $10,000 for information leading to the identification and location of relatives who were caring for an unidentified boy whose body was found on a Galveston beach more than two weeks ago.

Authorities Monday gave the boy a name, "Little Jacob,” and say the focus of their investigation is identifying his family.

He's Hispanic, weighed about 30 pounds, 3 feet tall and between 3 and 5 years old.

Houston-based FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ed Michel says it's heartbreaking no one has come forward to identify the child or offer clues about what happened to him.

Galveston Police Captain Josh Schirard says someone has to know who his relatives are and who the child is.

Police say a person walking the beach on Oct. 20 spotted the body in the surf on the island's east end.

Police contacted forensic artist Lois Gibson to render a sketch of the boy in hopes of identifying the child, who was about 3 feet tall with a slender build and had 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,” police said in a Facebook post.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call Galveston police at (409) 765-3776 or Crime Stoppers at (409) 763-TIPS.