Body of missing 6-year-old Lynnwood boy found in trash bin
LYNNWOOD, Wash. (KOMO) - The body of a missing 6-year-old boy was found in a trash bin early Tuesday morning after an intensive overnight search, officials said.
Searchers found little Dayvid Pakko's body dumped inside a trash bin at the apartment complex where he lived in the 15700 block of 44th Avenue West, said Shari Ireton of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.
"There is evidence that the boy was the victim of homicide," Ireton said in a prepared statement.
Detectives are investigating and a 19-year-old male relative of the boy has been taken into custody, but he is not considered to be under arrest and has not been charged, Ireton said.
Investigators are processing the crime scene and are expected to be working for several hours.
The search for the boy began Monday afternoon after he went missing from his home. Pakko's mother said he stayed home from school and another adult was taking care of him. It's not clear if that adult was the 19-year-old relative who is now in custody.
A search team, including a helicopter, several K-9 crews, detectives and more than 60 volunteers searched through the night and found the boy at about 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Family members said he was an adorable little boy who had mild autism.
"He was the sweetest little mischievous kiddo," said a close relative. "A little genius kid who just saw the world differently than we do."
A GoFundMe site has been established to pay for a memorial.
This is a developing news story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.