The Philadelphia Police Department announced Thursday the identity of a 12-year-old boy found dead in a dumpster last week in West Philadelphia. The boy appeared to have a gunshot wound in his head, police said.
Authorities identified the boy as Hezekiah Bernard. Police ruled the case a homicide the day after he was pronounced dead.
At a news conference Thursday, Ernest Ransom, a staff inspector with the Philadelphia Police Department's Homicide Unit, said investigators believed the boy was dead between 24 and 36 hours before he was discovered, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The boy had not been reported missing, he said.