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Monday
May162011

Mystery Maine Boy Found Dead on Rural Road Puzzles Investigators

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SOUTH BERWICK, Maine) -- Despite receiving at least 100 tips, police said they're no closer to identifying the dead boy found under a blanket on a rural road in Maine.

"Somebody has got to miss this child. He's a nephew of somebody, a son or grandson of somebody....It's just been very, very frustrating that we haven't gotten any leads, significant leads, in identifying this child," said Maine State Police Lt. Brian McDonough.

On Saturday, the body of a boy between the ages of four and five was found on Dennett Road in South Berwick, Maine, at around 5 p.m. A passerby who lives in the neighborhood saw the body with a blanket over it, police said. Police won't reveal how decomposed the body was or if the body showed signs of trauma.

What makes the discovery of the body even more of a mystery is no boy has been reported missing in Maine, New Hampshire or Massachusetts who fits the boy's description, authorities said.

Before the body was found, residents spotted a woman driving a blue pickup truck in the area Saturday morning.

The truck has an extended cab and a full cap over the bed. Police have not been able to track where the truck is licensed. Over the weekend, police took castings of tire impressions and foot impressions on the road.

On Monday, police looked at surveillance video, hoping they might catch a glimpse of the child.

McDonough said he believes the person who dumped the body had to be familiar with the rural, semi-paved road because it is in a remote area.

South Berwick is near the New Hampshire border, and New Hampshire authorities have been helping in the investigation. Members of Team Adam from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are also involved. Team Adam includes former law enforcement officials and those familiar with missing children cases.

The State Police Computer Crimes Unit produced a computer-generated photo of the unidentified boy. The boy was three feet, eight inches tall and weighed 45 pounds. He had dirty blond hair and blue eyes. His baby teeth had yet to fall out.

The fully clothed boy was wearing a gray colored camouflage hooded sweatshirt, khaki pants, a navy blue T-shirt with "Aviator Series" displayed on the front and "Lightning McQueen" black sneakers, police said.

Police thought that they had a near-break in the case earlier Monday when a law enforcement tip led them to search for a boy of a similar build and description as the unidentified boy. A check revealed that the boy was safely at home.

Anyone with information about the boy's identity or the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck spotted in the area should call Maine State Police at 207-657-3030.

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