Backyard Mystery: Boy’s skeleton found

CLEVELAND (WKYC) – Mary Flood has had a difficult year.

First, her Cleveland, Ohio home caught fire, forcing her to move-in with family. Then, she learned a neighbor murdered a neighbor and dismembered the body two doors down. And then in September, a friend clearing out her backyard discovered a skeleton near her garage.

On Wednesday, she learned it belonged to a 4-year-old boy.

“I’m hoping that someone sees his picture and maybe finds the child and finds out who it really is,” she said.

Police released a sketch of what the boy may have looked like in the hope the public can help.

“We want to identify this young child and find out what happened to him,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said.

Investigators say they have no record of a missing person matching the boy’s description. They cannot say how he died or even his race with certainty. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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