Sketch, Reward Issued in Unknown Boy's Death

Who is "Little Jacob," and how did the young boy die?

Police are baffled -- and have put up a five-figure reward in the case.

The FBI Texas City office and the Galveston Police Department are offering $10,000 for information about the family members who were caring for a boy whose body was found on a Galveston beach.

His name is unknown.

“It’s heartbreaking that no one has come forward to identify this boy or offer clues as to what happened,” says Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ed Michel of the FBI Houston field office. “The FBI is offering its resources to the Galveston Police Department to help them get answers.”

The body of the boy, who investigators believe may have been 3 to 5 years old when he died, was found on a Galveston beach Oct. 20.

The investigation into the child’s death is ongoing. Nothing has been ruled out, not even accidental death.

"We are focused on identifying the family of ‘Little Jacob’,” said Galveston Police Captain Josh Schirard. “Someone has to know who they are and who ‘Little Jacob’ is."

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for the successful identification and location of the family members caring for this young boy at the time of his disappearance.

Anyone with information should call 1-800-CALL-FBI or 1-800-225-5324.

The FBI has also created a “Seeking Information” poster with a composite sketch of the boy. It can be viewed and downloaded at or It will be updated periodically so the public is encouraged to visit the site regularly. The poster will also be shared on Twitter @FBIHouston and @miFBIHouston.Clear Channel Outdoor and Lamar Outdoor, through the Outdoor Advertising Association of Texas, will be running digital billboards featuring the composite sketch of "Little Jacob" and the FBI tip line. The billboards will run in the Greater Houston Area, throughout Texas, and in seven other states.

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