The relative of a missing 6-year-old boy is in custody after the boy’s body was found in a Seattle-area dumpster, KING-TV reported.
The boy, Dayvid Pakko, went missing from his apartment on Monday afternoon at about 2:30 pm after he stayed home from school on Monday because he was sick, according to a Snohomish County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. He was reported missing at about 5 pm.
His mother was at work during his disappearance, but the boy had adult supervision while she was away, according to CBS News.
After dozens of volunteers and search and rescue officials scoured the area for Pakko, his body was found by investigators in a dumpster around the corner from his apartment, at about 2 am. There is evidence that he was killed in a homicide, the sheriff's office said.
A 19-year-old male relative of Pakko is in custody and considered a suspect in the case. His identity has not yet been released as the sheriff’s office is determining probable cause in order to bring specific charges against him.
It isn’t clear if this man was babysitting Pakko, who had mild autism, at the time of his disappearance, investigators said.
Medical examiners are working to determine the boy’s cause of death.