BUCKEYE, Ariz. – The Latest on skeletal remains found in a field that is positively identified as that of a 10-year-old Chestnut boy who vanished in July 2016 (all times are local):
Police in suburban Phoenix say they have opened a murder investigation into the death of a 10-year-old boy after his remains were found in an irrigation ditch almost two years after his disappearance.
Buckeye police Detective Tamela Skaggs would not say Tuesday if the police have evidence of a crime in the death of Jesse Wilson, or if there are suspects.
She says that the probe will remain as a murder investigation.
The remains were found two weeks ago near a freeway.
Wilson disappeared in July 2016, triggering weeks of searching by law enforcement and volunteers from the community.
Skaggs said the area where the remains were found, was searched in the summer of 2016, but the area was covered with water in time.
Police in suburban Phoenix say skeletal remains found in a field have been positively identified as that of a 10-year-old boy who disappeared almost two years ago.
The Buckeye Police Department said Tuesday in a statement that the remains found by a city worker 8 March on a farm field are those of Jesse Wilson, who was last seen in July 2016.
No information was released on a possible cause of the death, and police said their investigation continues.
The police said earlier that the bones were identified as human and were submitted for DNA analysis.
The boy had disappeared from his home in the early morning of July 18, 2016 in a Chestnut near.