Body of a Child Found in Suitcase

The body of a young boy has been found in a suitcase in the rural eastern area of Washington County, Indiana. Investigators are asking the public for assistance.

The Discovery

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2022, the body of a young boy was found in a hard-shelled suitcase in the 7000 block of East Holder Road, not far from New Perkin, Indiana. He was discovered by someone who was hunting for mushrooms in a heavily wooded area approximately 80 feet from the somewhat rural back road. The suitcase is unique with Las Vegas graphic logos on its surface and is in good condition.

Through a dental exam, the medical examiner estimates the boy to be approximately 5 years old. Sargent Carey Huls, with the Indiana State Police, described the boy as approximately 4 feet tall with a slim build and short dark hair. He is of African American heritage. He has no immediate visible trauma. The autopsy performed on Tuesday rendered a cause of death as undetermined and he is estimated to have died within one week of being found. Investigators are waiting for toxicology reports, which they say could take three to six weeks.

Woods where the body was found Source: Joel Schipper

Moving Forward

Investigators are searching through the missing persons databases but have not found a match. Authorities have received in excess of 200 calls on their tip line and are following up on every lead. They say that they are hoping that additional clues will come from the suitcase.

Sgt. Carey Huls said “We are hoping that will job somebody’s memory to say, ‘hey, I have seen that suitcase before recently’ and that will give us more tips to go off of.” He also stated “It is a very emotional case for all of the officers involved. A lot of things to go through and disturbing facts.”

A woman who wishes to remain anonymous and lives near where the boy was found, said “Devastating to our community. How could someone do this to such an innocent child?”

Investigators are asking the public for any information that may help to identify the hard-shelled suitcase or the young boy. The Indiana State Police have created a tip line for this case. If you have any information, you are asked to call 1-888-437-6432.

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