Guatemalan Boy Missing in the Desert, as His Mother Clings To Hope

A photo of a younger Nelson Omar. The boy is now thirteen.
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Whether the coyote's tale is true or not, Nelson is missing, and there is a decomposed body of a young boy at the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office that could be him.

The coroner needs photos of the boy smiling to make an I.D., so examiners can see the child's teeth.

Sadly, Fernandez writes that, "In the pictures Lopez has of her son, he is not smiling."

A DNA test could be done to determine whether or not the child is Nelson, but that could cost as much as $1,000.

Lydia Guzman, president of the civil rights coalition Somos America, is raising funds to pay for the DNA test. Lopez told Fernandez that she believes her son is still alive. The DNA test would at least confirm whether or not she can keep hoping that Nelson is among the living.

Those interested in contributing should call Guzman's other organization Respect/Respeto at 1-877-977-8869. Please also read Fernandez's entire article, here, for more details.

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