A tragic discovery was made in Milwaukee when a 5-year-old boy, reported missing on Wednesday, was found dead in a dumpster the following day. Milwaukee authorities are treating the case as a homicide.
The boy, identified as Prince McCree was located approximately a mile from his Uptown neighborhood residence. His discovery was made around 24 hours after he was last spotted, as noted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
As investigations into his death continue, two individuals — a 27-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy — have been detained by the police as persons of interest. LaTonya Johnson, a local state senator, and neighbor to Prince’s family, revealed to the media that these individuals reside in the same household. However, their connection, if any, to the young boy and his family remains uncertain.
The anguished parents, desperate for clues on Wednesday evening, went door-to-door in hopes of finding information on their son. Johnson described the neighborhood as generally peaceful and the incident as a rare and shocking occurrence. A “critically missing” alert had been circulated to media outlets by the police on the evening Prince was reported missing.
Marie Stillo, a family member, fondly remembered Prince as the “sweetest little boy” who adored his siblings, had a keen interest in school and was a big fan of superheroes. She highlighted his recent milestones, like losing his second baby tooth. The family plans to hold a vigil in memory of the young boy, who had only just commenced his elementary school journey.
To assist with funeral expenses and to offer support to the grieving parents, Stillo set up a GoFundMe campaign. As of Sunday, donations had surpassed the initial goal of $10,000. In her heartfelt message on the fundraising platform, Stillo mentioned how dearly Prince was loved by his family and friends.
She wrote, “Our family has many questions at this time, some we may never have any answers to. Prince’s mother and father are both devastated and now have to lay their baby to rest, something no parent should ever have to do.”