- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville police say a child found dead in Cherokee Park has been identified and frequented the area with his family.

Lt. Todd Kessinger said on Wednesday the child was 12 years old and well-known along with his mother and stepfather at the Mid-City Mall east of downtown Louisville. Kessinger said the boy went to school in southern Indiana.

The Jefferson County coroner’s office identified the boy as Ray Allen Etheridge and said the family is homeless.

A passer-by at the popular park found the boy on a foot path in woods off the park’s Scenic Loop late Tuesday afternoon. Kessinger said the boy’s parents reported him missing about five hours later.

Kessinger said investigators have no reason to believe a family member was involved in the death.

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