Mystery Boy Whose Body Was Found on Galveston Island Identified

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The Galveston Police Department today said it has cracked the heartbreaking mystery of the dead little boy whose naked body was found on the beach on Galveston Island shortly after Hurricane Harvey last fall, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Police say the boy, dubbed by police as 'Little Jacob,' has been identified through DNA records after a tip was phoned into the FBI as four year old Jayden Lopez of Houston.

Police also said Jayden was living with his mother and her partner at the time of his disappearance, which occurred right around the time the body of 'Little Jacob' was found.

Police say Jayden's mom, Rebecca Rivera, and her partner, Dania Amezquita-Gomez, drove to Galveston from Houston and dumped the boy's body in the Bay, from where it washed up on shore with the tide.

Police did not say how Jayden died and did not say whether his death has been determined to be a homicide.

The two women are charged with Tampering With or Fabricating Physican Evidence and are held in the Galveston County Jail on bonds totalling $350,000.

The women have not been charged in connection with Jayden's death, but police say more charges are possible.

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