UPDATE: News 5 caught up with the family that lived on the property that the boy’s body was found on.
James Lockhart said he had left his house around 10:30 a.m. to go a dialysis appointment. When he was told about what was going on his property, he said he was very surprised.
“It was chaos when I showed up, it was absolute chaos,” Lockhart told reporters about what he saw when he arrived home.
UPDATE (5:26 p.m) — During a press conference, District Attorney Ashley Rich and Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste gave an update on the ongoing investigation of a young elementary-aged boy’s body found off of Demetropolis Service Road.
They still have not identified the boy and are urging people who have not had their child come home from school to call Mobile Police.
“We would like for someone to reach out to us and let us know if their loved one has not returned home,” said Chief Battiste.
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A tragic scene has unfolded off of Demetropolis Road in Mobile Monday afternoon.
Mobile Police confirm a body of a young boy was found in a wooded area near a home on the 2100 block of Demetropolis Service Road, or Old Demetropolis Road.
It is unsure whether or not the people who owned the home have any connection to the incident.
The body was reportedly found by children on their way home from school.
According to a witness, “Prior to them getting off the bus from school this afternoon, they was going through the driveway of the neighborhood where they found this child and they thought he was asleep. And one child touched him and realized that he was dead and they called the cops immediately.”
Witnesses say the boy was wearing a school uniform.
Neighbors in the area are trying to get the word out to try and figure out if anyone knows the boy. According to witnesses, the boy was wearing a dark blue shirt and khaki pants.
Neighbors say that the owners of the house were away for the day getting dialysis and were not aware of what was going on on their property.
It is still early in the investigation, but homicide detectives, as well as the Chief of Police, are at the location.
News 5 has a crew on scene and will update with new information as it comes in.