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Deceased boy found inside suitcase in the Indiana woodlands

Apr 19, 2022, 5:28 PM | Updated: Jun 13, 2022, 3:35 pm
LEDBURY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18:  A police cordon encloses a clearing as police search woods at Redh...
LEDBURY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: A police cordon encloses a clearing as police search woods at Redhill Farm in Redmarley for the body of Kate Prout on November 18, 2011 in Ledbury, England. A wealthy farmer, who was jailed for life for murdering his wife during a bitter divorce, has finally confessed to killing her and agreed to show police where he buried the body. Farmer Adrian Prout, 49, who had always denied any part in Kate Prout's disappearance, was today taken by officers to their 276-acre farm in Redmarley, Gloucestershire. Prout was convicted by a jury at Bristol Crown Court of murdering his 55-year-old wife after she vanished on Bonfire Night in 2007. Her body has never been found. (Photo by Sam Furlong - Pool/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sam Furlong - Pool/Getty Images)

ELLERSBURG, Ind. (AP) — The body of a young boy found over the weekend in southern Indiana was contained inside a hard suitcase, state police said Tuesday.

The suitcase has a distinctive Las Vegas design on its front and back, Sgt. Carey Huls said.

A Washington County resident hunting mushrooms found the body around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, police said. The body was located in a heavily wooded area of eastern Washington County.

toll-free tip line in the case was established on Monday and has generated about 200 calls, but none of the calls have led to the identification of the boy, Huls said.

An autopsy on the boy was conducted on Tuesday but no information as to the cause of death was determined, Huls said.

Based on information provided by the autopsy, investigators believe the child was about 5 years old, Huls said. He was previously described as between the ages of 5 and 8 years old. He was Black, about 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall, with a slender build and short haircut. He is believed to have died sometime within the past week.

Police say anybody with information on the boy should call 1-888-437-6432.

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Deceased boy found inside suitcase in the Indiana woodlands