Police suspect homicide after the body of a 3-year-old boy was found in a remote area near Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada, shortly after he was reported missing.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lt. Ray Spencer told reporters Monday morning that two people have been taken into custody as suspects in the death of Daniel Theriot. He identified the two suspects as the boy's 20-year-old mother and her 40-year-old boyfriend.
He said he could not disclose any details on the cause or manner of death, but called the circumstances "absolutely disturbing."
"There is nothing accidental about this investigation, as far as the death of this child," Spencer said.
Daniel was reported missing around 9 a.m. Sunday. According to Spencer, authorities soon became suspicious of the details provided. Officers could not find anyone at the park who had seen the child, he said, and those they spoke with were unaware a child was reported missing until police had responded.
Investigators began a criminal investigation in addition to the search, Spencer said, and both continued overnight until Daniel's body was found early Monday morning.
Spencer said police believe the child's time of death was within 12 hours of Sunday's missing person report.
The two suspects will initially be booked Monday afternoon on suspicion of child abuse related to a 2-year-old child found at their home.
Spencer said both suspects will likely face charges in the 3-year-old's death as well, though the investigation is still ongoing.