Police hope to identify boy

The Associated Press

NAPERVILLE – Authorities on Friday released a forensic artist’s sketch of a small boy whose remains were discovered in a field earlier this month and who police say might have been a homicide victim.

The sketch shows a boy, three to four years old, with short black hair and wearing a navy blue shirt.

“We have spent literally thousands of man hours working on this case these past 21 days consulting with experts across the nation trying to find out who this little boy is and how he ended up dead and alone on the side of the road,” DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba said in a statement.

The sheriff’s department said a cause of death was still under investigation and “the possibility of a natural or accidental death has not been ruled out.” Earlier this month, DuPage County State’s Attorney Joe Birkett said the manner in which the boy was found “would suggest a homicide.”

The boy’s body was found Oct. 8 on unincorporated land west of Chicago between the communities of Naperville and Warrenville. The body weighed 25 to 30 pounds and was found in a blue laundry bag

Authorities said they have been working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in an effort to match the boy’s description with reports of missing kids.

Police said an expert believes the boy is of East Asian or American Indian descent.

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