- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on skeletal remains found in a field being positively identified as those of a 10-year-old Buckeye boy who disappeared in July 2016 (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

Police in a Phoenix suburb say they’ve opened a homicide investigation into the death of a 10-year-old boy after his remains were found in an irrigation ditch nearly two years after his disappearance.

Buckeye Police Detective Tamela Skaggs wouldn’t say Tuesday if police have evidence of foul play in the death of Jesse Wilson, or if there any suspects.

She says the probe will continue as a homicide investigation.

The remains were found about two weeks ago near a state highway.

Wilson disappeared in July 2016, triggering weeks of searching by law enforcement and community volunteers.

Skaggs said the area where the remains were found was searched in the summer of 2016, but the area was covered by water at the time.

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12:30 p.m.

Police in a Phoenix suburb say skeletal remains found in a field have been positively identified as those of a 10-year-old boy who disappeared nearly two years ago.

The Buckeye Police Department said Tuesday in a statement that the remains found by a city worker March 8 on a farm field are those of Jesse Wilson, who was last seen in July 2016.

No information was released on a possible cause of death, and police said their investigation continues.

Police said previously the bones were identified as human and were being submitted for DNA analysis.

The boy had disappeared from his family home in the early morning of July 18, 2016 in a Buckeye neighborhood.

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