Louisville, Ky. - The Louisville Courier Journal is reporting the Jefferson County coroner’s office said today it would take 24 to 48 more hours to positively identify the body of a young male found yesterday near Churchill Downs.
But, the "C-J" writes that homicide detectives told the parents of 4-year-old Cesar Ivan Aguilar-Cano, who has been missing since June 29, “that everything is pointing to this being the missing boy’s body,” said Christopher 2X, a spokesman for the family.
An autopsy was performed today on the body, which was found in the back of a garbage truck, a spokesman for the coroner’s office said.The coroner’s office described the case as a homicide “of unknown means.”
2X told the Courier homicide detectives were in contact with Ivan’s parents this morning and told them that “everything is consistent with this being the missing child.”
“Their mood is very somber,” he said. “There is a glimmer of hope — but it dissipates hour by hour — that he might be alive.”
According to the newspaper, Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley confirmed that detectives spoke with the family, saying that they were told there is a “consistency and circumstances” that appeared to link the body to Ivan’s disappearance.
Family members were to take part in a late afternoon “reflection service” organized by the activist group Unified Women Against Street Violence and the Churchill Downs track chaplaincy, writes the newspaper.
The group, along with Rev. Ken Boehm of the nearby racetrack, will hold the streetside service near the spot where the boy was last seen, at the Oakdale Apartments, 3155 Oakdale Ave. His mother, Rosalina Cano, lives in the apartment building. He disappeared from her home on June 29.
“By the time we have that ceremony, it will probably be twofold — a reflection about Ivan and also facing the reality that this body is probably him,” 2X said. Another service has been scheduled for the Churchill Downs chapel tomorrow at 7 p.m., 2X said.
Information from The Courier-Journal