California authorities need help identifying toddler whose remains were found in bag

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children along with the San Diego Police Department is asking for the public's help identifying a deceased child. (Photo reconstruction courtesy: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

Authorities in California are asking for help identifying a young boy whose remains were found in a duffel bag over a decade ago.

On May 4, 2004, skeletal remains of a small boy were found near the I-15 exit in San Diego, California, officials say.

The boy was found in a wooded area near a hiking trail southeast of Rancho Bernardo Community Park.

The San Diego Police Department says the boy's remains were found by two hikers who noticed a green padded winter-type coat lying over a green and white duffel bag.

When the hikers removed the coat and looked in the bag, they saw a human skull and bones, police say.

The boy is estimated to be between two and four at the time of his death, police say.

Police say the bag appeared to have been dumped in the area and it is believed the boy was dead at least a year before the bag was found.

Police say the child was found wearing one pair of child sized red warm-up pants with white stripes down the sides of the pant legs, a blue vest with a gray hood with "Football Power" and a yellow football player on the front ("French Toast" brand, size 3T), a green sweatshirt with "Winter Fever", a cartoon surfer on the front ("Worm_El" brand, size 8), and a long sleeved red sweatshirt with a cartoon girl with ponytails and pink heart sunglasses on the front (size 5).

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Also found with the body was a long sleeved tan/black/red casual shirt (adult size extra large) with "Kamikaze" printed on the front and "Racing Team" printed on the back.

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Police say Forensic Isotope Analysis revealed that the child’s mother likely spent time in the southeastern states while pregnant and may have lived in Texas shortly after the child was born before ultimately moving to the southern California area.

Based on analysis, police say the child may have spent time in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas or California before his death.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has completed a facial reconstruction which shows what the child may have looked like.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Diego Police Department and reference case number 04-029569.

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