Police work to ID 'special needs' child found dead in park

Wylie, TX - (NBC) - Dozens of volunteers have joined police in Wylie, TX as they work to identify a young boy found dead last week.

The body was found Thursday morning by a landscaper mowing the grass near Lavon Lake.

The Collin County medical examiner said Friday the boy is about six years old and had significant medical needs and was likely being fed through a feeding tube.

The child had brown hair, brown eyes, was about 39 inches tall and weighed 28 pounds. The medical examiner has not yet determined the cause of death.

The Collin County Child Abuse Task Force is asking that any persons with information about the identity of this child, specifically in-home health care providers, school personnel, day care personnel or community-based social services to contact: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

So far, no one has come forward to claim the boy.

Police said they do not believe the boy is from a missing child case.

Detectives made stops at area day cares asking if any children had been absent in recent days or had dropped out.

"We're marking anything that could be anything," said Detective Venece Perepiczka.

"There's little information that we have to go on right now," explained Perepiczka.

Shawn Kellam, a Wylie father of four with a son who is about to turn three, said the case troubled him.

"I can't get if off my mind, I really can't. I just keep thinking about my boys," said Kellam.

Kellam said he hopes someone will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law if the case is an incident of foul play.

Detectives say the property where the body was found Thursday is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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