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Please help us identify this deceased child found on the beach in Galveston Friday evening by calling 409-765-3776. We will update this post with the official press release from the Department within the hour.In the meantime, please share this image so that we can continue to work diligently to solve this case.

PRESS RELEASE: Police Seeking Help Identifying Child Found Dead On Beach

After receiving a 911 call on Friday evening, October 20th, the Galveston Police Department located the body of a male child on the sand adjacent to the surf in the 700 block of Seawall Blvd.

That night, no other related individuals were located, and no one came forward to report a missing child.

The Galveston Police Department, along with surrounding local and federal agencies, searched their databases for any reported missing persons that would match this description but found none. In an effort to identify this child, the Galveston Police Department contacted one of the most experienced and best forensic artists in the nation, Lois Gibson, and she was able to render a sketch of this child for us.

The child is described as approximately 3’ tall with a slender build, black hair, and brown eyes.

This is an extremely unusual case for Galveston Island, and the circumstances surrounding this death grow more and more suspicious as time goes on.

We are still waiting on the official Medical Examiner’s report from the autopsy; however, we will continue to treat this death as a homicide until we can unequivocally prove otherwise.

We are asking everyone to please take a look at this child and see if you recognize him. This picture is now available on the City of Galveston Website and the Galveston Police Department’s social media outlets; please share it.

Someone, somewhere knows this child and can help us identify him. If anyone has any information concerning this case, or the identity of this child please call 409-765-3776 or Crimestoppers at 409-763-TIPS.
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UPDATE: Candace contacted law enforcement and reported that she is safe. Even though her family doesn't know where she is and hasn't spoken to her, legally she is an adult and has been removed as a missing person. We pray Candace contacts her family soon ❤️.


Candace Acuff, age 18, was last seen at her residence on Hodgin St. in Gastonia, NC about 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. It is believed she left on foot. She is described as 5'2", 125 lbs., with long blonde hair, blue eyes and a large birth mark on the left side of her neck. She may be wearing white Skechers-type platform sneakers or low-cut rainbow-block Nike's. She left without her phone, but took her rainbow-colored backpack, black laptop case with a faded orange/pink lining, an old laptop, tablet, small amount of clothing and some cash. Although she is 18 years old, Candace looks much younger and functions at the age of a 12 year old. She enjoys playing with dolls, stuffed animals and coloring. She also takes photos with her tablet. She has multiple serious health conditions, has had suicidal thoughts and is without her necessary medications. Her family fears Candace may have left to meet someone she met online. They are very concerned for her safety.

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They think they found her today in Charlotte. If it's her not good news

He family was on their way to Charlotte. 🙁

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