Eden Montes and father Jose Montes-Herrera found safe after boy's body found on trail wrongly identified as brother

EDEN Montes and his father Jose Montes-Herrera have been found safe and well after a dead body was wrongly identified as his 8-year-old brother.

A manhunt was launched and an amber alert issued after Eden's brother was supposedly found dead on a Las Vegas hiking trail.


Police appealed for information on the whereabouts of Eden, 11, his younger half-brother, and their father Jose Montes-Herrera, 37, after the corpse was found.

The mom of the 8-year-old made a positive identification of the boy after the Clark County Coroner showed her photos.

She "positively identified that child as being her son,"Lt. Ray Spencer said, as he explained she had also signed an identification affidavit.

Another relative and the mom of the 11-year-old boy also thought the sketch was of the younger boy, police said.

"There is a very, very close resemblance when you look at those photos, the autopsy photos, and the 8-year-old child," Spencer continued.

Montes-Herrera and his two sons were found out of cell phone range in central Utah by local authorities.

Police will now continue to try and identify the deceased child.

Authorities believe the body may have been placed on the trail in the town of Mountain Springs, about 30 miles west of Vegas, sometime Thursday night.

A cause of death has not been released, but cops say he was a homicide victim.

Police said the Clark County Coroner’s Office would determine cause of death.

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