For almost two weeks, authorities in Las Vegas launched images and used rewards for information that would identify a child who had actually been found dead on a desert path.

The mom of the kid now sits in a Denver prison, apprehended on a charge of murder, cops stated Tuesday.

But the effort to call the kid– now known to be 7-year-old Liam Husted– took an authorities sketch, DNA screening and a worried daddy to make it happen.


Husted had actually been with his mother, Samantha Moreno Rodriguez, according to his dad.

He contacted the police in San Jose, California, about the missing out on set on June 1, the Las Vegas cops stated during a press conference Tuesday.

The father told detectives that he had actually not seen or heard from his son or Rodriguez because he showed up Might 24 at the house they shared in San Jose to discover all of their possessions missing.

Rodriguez had actually apparently left a message stating she and the young boy were leaving him and she would discover a brand-new house for the two, Las Vegas Authorities Lt. Ray Spencer said at the press conference.

“There was absolutely nothing suspicious in that message that would lead the father to believe that Liam or Samantha were involved in any type of nasty play or that there was any harm, potentially to come over the next week,” Spencer said.

Not wishing to get Rodriguez in trouble, and having no reason to believe Liam remained in any threat, Husted’s father selected not to submit a report of parental kidnapping, according to Spencer.


The young boy was discovered dead by hikers on Might 28 near the Mountain Springs Trailhead by State Route 160, according to the Las Vegas authorities.

Law enforcement immediately launched sketches in an attempt to identify him. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also helped in the search.

The FBI offered a benefit of $10,000.

Police issued an amber alert for another kid after a females mistakenly identified Husted as her son however it turned out her kid was camping with his father and 11-year-old sibling “in a location of central Utah that was beyond mobile phone reception,” a declaration from the LVMPD said.

Investigators then put out an enhanced image in hopes of getting information on the young boy.


On June 4, a friend of Rodriguez saw a sketch authorities had actually released to the media and got in touch with the San Jose Authorities Department, Spencer said.

Spencer explained that the friend informed authorities that Husted might potentially be the kid in the sketch.

Authorities in San Jose contacted LVMPD and private investigators collected a pillow from Husted’s bedroom, stated Spencer.

That pillow supplied the DNA that enabled the Las Vegas police forensics laboratory to positively identify the body discovered on the path as the 7-year-old from San Jose, according to Spencer.

Spencer said investigators have actually learned Rodriguez was seen at a hotel in Las Vegas on May 27 and they think that Husted was still alive at that time.


Rodriguez, 35, was apprehended in Denver by the Denver Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force led by the FBI on Tuesday, according to a press release from LVMPD.

Jail records program she is being hung on one count of open murder.

CNN has not yet identified if she has an attorney. It is not clear when she will have her first court appearance.

Authorities are seeking to extradite Rodriguez to Las Vegas, the LVMPD stated on Twitter.