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Indiana State Police are still working to identify a boy found dead in a suitcase

Indiana State Police in Sellersburg are asking for the public’s help in identifying the child, who was described as black, 5 to 8 years old, about 4 feet tall, with a thin build and cut of short hair. Police said the child had died sometime in the week before his body was found.

An autopsy carried out last month did not provide any answers on the cause of the child’s death. However, police hope the pending toxicology report will offer more information and “we hope to move in a direction to resolve this issue,” said Sgt. Indiana State Police’s Carey Huls told CNN.

The child’s body was found in a hard-shell suitcase with a “distinctive Las Vegas design on the front and back,” Indiana State Police said in a statement. State police were called to investigate after a local resident who hunted mushrooms discovered the suitcase on April 16 and immediately called 911, the agency said.

Huls told CNN affiliate Wave3 that the integrity of this investigation is “maximum”, adding that “unless we can determine that releasing information is going to help the investigation instead of hurting it.” ‘Hinder is what we have to follow at this point’.

The investigation “don’t rule anything out,” Huls told Wave3, adding that the child “could be from any part of the world as far as we’re concerned.”

State police detectives are investigating, and the department has set up a toll-free hotline for the case, which has received between 500 and 1,000 calls, according to Huls. Investigators hope the image of the suitcase will lead to tips that can help them identify the child.

“We’re getting a lot of people on the internet looking for missing children, which isn’t what we need right now,” Huls told CNN. “We have contact with all of these agencies and we are still checking that. We don’t have a match there.”

Huls said police anticipate the child will not be on any registry and are looking for people who may have first-hand knowledge that could lead to the identification of the child and clarity of the circumstances of his death. his death.

Anyone with information that can help identify the boy is asked to call the toll-free number established for the case at 1-888-437-6432.

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