On Saturday at about 5:30 p.m., the body of a young boy was discovered on Dennett Road in South Berwick, Maine. According to Maine State Police, the boy was believed to be 4 or 5 years old. The identity of the boy is still unknown at this time and state police are actively seeking any assistance from the general public in either identifying the boy or in finding a navy blue pick-up truck that was spotted near the scene around the time the body was left there.
For those, like myself, who live near Berwick, this case is particularly unsettling. This part of Southern Maine and neighboring New Hampshire is a sparsely populated and filled with many lonely country roads like the one on which this body was discovered.
People in the region should keep an eye out for the vehicle described by police as a navy blue, Toyota Tacoma, extended cab pick-up truck with a cap on the truck bed. Police say the license plate was white, but they don't know what state it was from. Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, the three closest states to South Berwick all have white license plates.
It is difficult, as a parent, to imagine that the disappearance of a child could go unreported, but at present, police have been unable to identify any missing children matching the description of the body. Currently they are searching for matches with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and are asking the public to call (207) 657-3030 with any leads. Anyone who saw a truck matching the description of the one sighted on Dennett Road on Saturday is asked to call, as is anyone with any knowledge of a missing boy matching the description of the body.
Police say the boy was three feet, eight inches tall and weighed 45 pounds. He was wearing a camouflage hooded sweatshirt, tan colored khaki pants, a navy blue T-shirt with a picture of an airplane on the front, and black sneakers when found. The photo released by the state police shows him as blond-haired with blue eyes. The photo was computer generated and police have refused to give any details about the condition in which the body was found except to say that the boy was likely killed no more than a few hours before his body was dumped on Saturday morning.
With the prevalence of security cameras today, it is quite likely that a review of footage from gas stations and other businesses in the surrounding towns may yield some photographic evidence of the navy blue Toyota Tacoma being sought. Even without a license plate visible in the films, any location in which the truck was seen might provide clues as to where it came from or where it was headed as it left the scene.
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- hooded sweatshirt
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