Police working to identify boy found in suitcase in heavily wooded part of Indiana

Luggage described as hard-shell 'Las Vegas' suitcase with bold pattern

ByAmanda Watts and Raja Razek, CNN
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Police working to ID child found in suitcase in Indiana
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A young unidentified boy was found dead, stuffed in a suitcase in a heavily wooded part of Indiana over the weekend.

SELLERSBURG, Ind. -- An unidentified young boy found dead in a heavily wooded part of southern Indiana over the weekend was stuffed inside a suitcase, authorities revealed.

The boy was found near Sellersburg in Washington County, Indiana Saturday, CNN reported.

Police described the suitcase in which he was found as having a hard-shell with a bright, bold pattern, featuring a "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.

An autopsy on the child didn't determine a definitive cause of death.

A toxicology report may provide more answers, but that could take three to six weeks.

Authorities said the top priority right now is determining the boy's identity.

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They believe he was about 5 years old and died within the last week.

He was a thin child, roughly 4 feet tall.

Police said they don't have any solid indication that he was from the area, so the search for clues is nationwide.

A national tip line has been set up.

Anyone with information that could help identify the boy is urged to call Detective Matt Busick with the Indiana State Police at 1-812-248-4374 or 1-800-872-6743.