A mother claimed the body of a murdered boy discovered in Las Vegas was her son — and police falsely fingered his dad as the killer — but both child and father were found alive and well a short time later on a camping trip in Utah.
The confusion began when Las Vegas police released a sketch of a young homicide victim that was discovered on a hiking trail Friday, in the hopes of identifying him.
A mother saw the sketch and reached out to police to identify the victim as her 8-year-old son, according to police.
Detectives learned the supposed victim was last seen on Thursday, when he was picked up by his father Jose Montes-Herrera, 37 to go camping, along with his half-brother Eden Montes, 11, cops said.
Police then staged a press conference Saturday morning to ask for help finding Montes-Herrera, who was considered a suspect, and young Eden.
It turned out that Jose, who just