THE child found dead on a hiking trail just outside of Las Vegas last month has been identified and his mother is the prime suspect in his murder.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are being assisted by the FBI in tracking the young mom down.
Who is Samantha Moreno Rodriguez?
Samantha Moreno Rodriguez is at the centre of a nationwide manhunt.
The 35-year-old is the suspect in her child’s murder and a warrant has been released for her arrest.
She is believed to have been living in San Jose, California, with her young son before their disappearances.
What happened to Liam Husted?
Liam Husted’s body was found on a hiking trail near Las Vegas on May 28.
The 7-year-old was discovered by a hiker in a “forest area” of the Mountain Springs trail and was last seen in San Jose on May 24.
Police said a family friend had contacted San Jose’s law enforcement after she recognized Liam in the e-fit prepared by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children after the body was found.
Liam’s father, who is not a suspect in the case, also contacted authorities on June 1 with concerns.
“The father did not feel that his son was in harm’s way,” Lt. Ray Spencer said. “Not trying to get the mother into trouble, he did not want to file any type of charges or anything.”
Authorities confirmed it was clear that Liam had been killed, but did not reveal any further details surrounding his death.
Where is Samantha Moreno Rodriguez?
Rodriguez’s current whereabouts are unknown, but a huge manhunt is underway to track the young mom down.
She left San Jose with her son on May 24, driving a 2007 dark blue Dodge Caliber with the license plate 6WLH211, which was “packed full of belongings”.
Two days later, the pair were spotted in Laguna Bay, before Liam’s body was discovered early in the morning on May 28.
The dark coloured vehicle was then seen travelling on the I-70 the following day near Grand Junction, Colorado.
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The last sighting of Samantha was when she checked into a hotel room alone in the Denver area on May 31.
She is believed to be travelling alone.
Anyone with information can contact the Las Vegas Police Department’s homicide tip number on 702-828-3521.