Investigators seek tips on boy whose remains were found in 2004

SAN DIEGO — Law enforcement officials reached out to the public Thursday for help in determining the identity and background of a young child whose skeletal remains turned up near a Rancho Bernardo hiking trail 14 years ago.

Two people walking along the footpath on May 4, 2004, found the boy’s body along with several items of weathered children’s clothing, according to San Diego police.

The child, dubbed Baby Doe by investigators, is believed to have been white and 2 to 4 years old at the time of his death, with light to medium-brown hair.

Isotopic analysis of his remains suggest that he was born in the mainland United States around 1999 or 2000 and that his mother likely lived in the Southeast region of the county during part of her pregnancy. Baby Doe may have spent the first year or so of his life in that area, detectives believe.

Discovered along with the boy’s remains were clothes adorned with colorful designs and logos, including “Football Power” and “Kamikaze Racing Team.”

Anyone who might be able to help police determine who the boy was and how he died is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.