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FBI, Las Vegas Police offer $10k reward for info identifying murdered boy

Wess Haubrich
Nevada boy John DoeNational Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The boy was between eight and 10-years-old.

The FBI and Las Vegas Police issued a new set of pictures last Thursday for a boy found dead near State Route 160 in the Mountain Springs area between Sin City and the town of Pahrump, Nevada, about an hour and a half west and with a population less than 40 thousand.

"He's someone's son, someone's grandson," said FBI Supervising Special Agent Jeremy Schwartz, "We're counting on the public to help us with his identification."

A reward of $10,000 has been issued for information identifying the boy or his killer.

The boy John "Little Zion" Doe was found by hikers behind a bush on the walking trail near the highway between Vegas and Pahrump just before dawn on May 28.

Law enforcement is declining to offer details about just how John "Little Zion" Doe was killed. But quite a few agencies are involved in the efforts to bring the murderer to justice. These include, school and child welfare officials, local police, officials from the Department of Homeland Security, and even Border Patrol have all been trying to identify the Vegas boy John Doe.

His age was narrowed down to between 8 and 10-years-old. He was 4’11” and heavy for his age, weighing 123 pounds. He had a gap in his front teeth and investigators believe he was from Nevada or over the nearby California border.

It’s likely he was dumped behind the bush after dark on May 27. Therefore, investigators are asking anyone who saw suspicious cars in the area at that time to please let them know.

Tips should be called into 1-800-CALL-FBI or at
John "Little Zion"

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