SELLERSBURG, Indiana — It’s been days since a young boy was found dead in Southern Indiana on Saturday, and police are still unable to identify him.

“Our No. 1 goal at this point is to find out the identity and name of this child. That’s what he deserves,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Carey Huls said Monday in the second press conference since the boy was found in Washington County, around 70 miles south of Indianapolis and 25 miles northwest of Louisville.

Huls said there is a chance that the boy, believed to be between 5 and 8 years old, could be from another state.

“We thought this would be a local case but since nothing has happened — we haven’t had any matches, so this obviously could be a national thing,” he said.

The description of the boy hasn’t matched the description of any Indiana children that have been reported missing.

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An area resident reportedly found the body of the Black male child near a roadway in a heavily wooded area of eastern Washington County around 7:30 p.m. Washington County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives from the branch in Sellersburg later arrived to investigate.

Officials say the child is believed to be between the ages of 5 and 8 years old, is approximately 4 feet tall, has a slim build and a short haircut. Investigators believe the child’s death occurred sometime within the past week.

Details regarding his clothing were withheld, with Huls explaining that was a decision made by investigators. The boy’s autopsy is being performed Tuesday, though final results won’t be available for a few days.

“He was in someone’s custody and care for his daily needs. … Somebody was taking care of this little boy,” Huls said.

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Numerous tips have came in since the boy was found, Huls said, including several about a missing boy named Codi Bigsby from Hampton, Virginia.

“We don’t believe that will be a match,” Huls said, adding that investigators have already been looking into that.

A national tip line dedicated to this case has been established. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-888-437-6432.

“Someone somewhere knows something,” he said.

Dahlia Ghabour contributed to this report. 

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