(Credit: Courtesy of Galveston Police Department)

Galveston police need help identifying a young boy whose body was found Friday evening not far from the ocean surf line in a case that they are treating as a possible homicide.

Local police, surrounding authorities and federal agencies have searched databases but could not find any missing persons cases matching the boy, who is believed to be 3 to 5 years old, officials said at a press briefing in Galveston Sunday.

"The circumstances are without a doubt suspicious," he said. "There are no answers at this point."

The circumstances surrounding the death grow "more and more suspicious as time goes on," said Joshua Schirard, operations bureau commander at the Galveston Police Department.

This case is unusual because the vast majority of drownings that occur over the summer tourist season across 37 miles of Galveston beach are witnessed or reported by someone accompanying the victim, Schirard said.

"Someone saw them go in the water. Someone tried to save them. Someone helped pull them out and it was just too late," he said. "That's what makes this so different. We don't have bodies just wash up on our beach with no story behind them, much less 3 to 5-year-old children."

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