Around 7:30 p.m on April 16, 2022., a local resident was mushroom hunting when they found a child’s body near a roadway in a “heavily wooded area of eastern Washington County,” according to ISP’s release. Washington County IS around 70 miles south of Indianapolis and 25 miles northwest of Louisville.
Officials described the child as a “young, Black male between the ages of five-years-old and eight-years-old.” The boy is approximately 4′0″ with a slim build and a short haircut, the release said.
Police said at the time that they believed the child had died within the past week.
On April 19, police released more information about the circumstances in this case. The child had been found stuffed in a suitcase.
n autopsy was conducted on the boy and The body did not show any obvious cause of death. Police are now waiting for toxicology to determine if drugs played a part in the child’s death.
“Our No. 1 goal at this point is to find out the identity and name of this child. That’s what he deserves,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Carey Huls said in a press conference.
Huls said there is a chance that the boy, believed to be between 5 and 8 years old, could be from another state.
“We thought this would be a local case but since nothing has happened — we haven’t had any matches, so this obviously could be a national thing,” he said.
Comments online questioned if the boy could be missing child Codi Bigsby. Codi has been missing since January though. “We don’t believe that will be a match,” Huls said, adding that investigators have already been looking into that.
In a weird twist, the body of a man was found in Washington County on Wednesday, April 20. The body was found in a creek. People started speculating that maybe the boy in the suitcase may be related to this man, but it wasn’t to be.
The body was identified as 89 y/o man Harold L. Wilson of Seymour. A Silver Alert had been issued for Harold on April 19.
An autopsy is scheduled to determine the exact cause of death, but no foul play is suspected at this time, according to the news release.