The mom identifies the son’s physique after it was discovered by a hiker close to Las Vegas
The police are now looking for the boy’s 11-year-old half-brother and his father.
The mother contacted the police overnight, Raymond Spencer said.
The mother told police a sketch that was released for the media of the child who was found Friday morning by a hiker who resembled her son, Spencer said.
The mother later clearly identified the boy after detectives showed her photos of his body, according to Spencer.
According to Spencer, a tiered Amber Alert was issued to half-brother Eden Montes, who was last seen with the 8-year-old brother and father around 9 p.m. on Thursday.
According to the lieutenant, the police have had no contact with the father, 37-year-old Jose Montes, and are asking the public for help in finding Montes and his son.
Spencer said police wanted people in the Sacramento, California area and southern Utah to keep an eye out for Montes and his son.
You were last seen in a 2015 white GMC truck with license plate LV U00X. The truck was towing a mobile home with a checkerboard pattern on the sides and back. The truck also has a sticker that says “Mr. Express” in the lower right corner of the rear window.
“We’re doing everything we can to find 11-year-old Eden and we want to find her alive,” said Spencer.
The police originally asked the public for help in identifying the body that was found by hikers on Friday morning.
The boy was found in a wooded area off Mountain Springs Trailhead near mile marker 20 on State Route 160, according to Las Vegas police. The area is approximately 25 miles southwest of downtown Las Vegas.
Shortly after the boy was found around 7:45 a.m. (10:45 a.m. ET) Friday, medical staff at the scene pronounced him dead, police said.
Authorities do not publish any information about injuries to the body, Spencer said. The boy’s cause and manner of death are disclosed by the Clark County Coroner Office.
“The investigation by the LVMPD Homicide Section has revealed that the victim may have been housed in the area in the past 12 hours,” the police department tweeted.
The Las Vegas Police Department Homicide can be reached at 702-828-3521. Tipperers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or go to crimetoppersofnv.com.
CNN’s Ray Sanchez, Danielle Sills and Holly Yan contributed to this report.