CARLSBAD — Police said a child found in a deep hole near where a 4-year-old boy went missing Saturday could not have survived.
Carlsbad police spokeswoman Lt. Jennifer Moyers told KOB-TV the case is being treated as a homicide until they can prove otherwise.
Moyers says the child is believed to be Samuel Jones, who was the subject of an Amber Alert issued late Saturday.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported that the child was found in a 30-foot-deep hole at about 7 a.m. Sunday.
Crews are digging at a slope so the walls of the hole do not collapse as they work to recover the child’s body.
Samuel was last seen Saturday afternoon. The hole is near the backyard where he disappeared.
— The Associated Press
10:25 p.m. March 3 — The Carlsbad Police Department and State Police have issued an Amber Alert for 4-year-old Samuel Jones, who may have been abducted by a non-family member, a news release from the state Department of Public Safety said.
Jones is about 3 feet tall and weighs 40 pounds. He has hazel eyes and short brown hair. He also has scratches on the left side of his chin and is missing his four front teeth.
He was last seen wearing a blue and gray striped long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, a blue and white baseball cap and black Converse tennis shoes.
According to the release, the child was last seen around 6:30 p.m. Saturday near the 100 block of Taylor Circle in Carlsbad. A child matching his description was seen walking in the area with a white bald man wearing a red shirt.
Officials believe the child may be in danger.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the child are asked to call Detective Tanya Tiller with the Carlsbad Police Department at (575) 885-2111