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9-year-old boy found dead in New Kensington identified, DA confirms there is a person of interest in investigation

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The 9-year-old boy who was found dead in New Kensington, Westmoreland County, on Wednesday morning has been identified and the district attorney said there is a person of interest in the investigation. Westmoreland County District Attorney Nicole Ziccarelli identified the boy as Azuree Charles. Pictured below. Ziccarelli held a news conference on Thursday afternoon to provide an update on the boy’s death. The Westmoreland County coroner confirmed Wednesday evening that the 9-year-old’s death has been ruled a homicide.Coroner Tim Carson told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that the autopsy is done, but would not release any other information.A full replay of the news conference will be available shortly. “Together with the New Kensington Police and Westmoreland County Detectives, law enforcement officers set out to canvas the neighborhood,” the DA said in a statement. “We are specifically asking the public and members of the community to cooperate with law enforcement, share home video surveillance, and provide any information that may be helpful to the investigation to the officers.Ziccarelli said the boy was reported missing around 6 a.m. Wednesday on Haser Drive. This is near the East Ken Manor housing complex in New Kensington.The boy was later found dead in a wooded area near a home. His identity has not been released. Ziccarelli said the investigation is ongoing. No arrests or suspects have been announced. The New Kensington-Arnold School District superintendent sent a letter to families Wednesday evening saying in part, “It is with a heavy heart that I share news that one of our elementary students passed away suddenly sometime this morning before school.”The letter said the district has taken immediate steps to ensure that grief counselors and services are available to students and employees. Click here to read the full letter from the district. Ziccarelli also held a news conference on Wednesday evening at New Kensington City Hall. “To our community at large, hold your children near, they are our most precious gifts. We will not rest until we determine what or who caused this child’s death,” Ziccarelli said.Watch a full replay of the news conference in the video player above. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 spoke to a neighbor who found the boy. The neighbor was part of the search when the community heard he was missing. “When I saw feet, right away I came and got the detectives. It just broke my heart,” Osie Taylor said. Taylor said the boy was not wearing any shoes or socks. He said he could not tell if foul play was involved. Although the DA has not released the identity of the boy, residents in the community said he is known as Azario. They said he was an inspiration to the community as a cancer survivor.

The 9-year-old boy who was found dead in New Kensington, Westmoreland County, on Wednesday morning has been identified and the district attorney said there is a person of interest in the investigation.

Westmoreland County District Attorney Nicole Ziccarelli identified the boy as Azuree Charles. Pictured below.

Ziccarelli held a news conference on Thursday afternoon to provide an update on the boy’s death.

The Westmoreland County coroner confirmed Wednesday evening that the 9-year-old’s death has been ruled a homicide.

Coroner Tim Carson told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that the autopsy is done, but would not release any other information.

A full replay of the news conference will be available shortly.

“Together with the New Kensington Police and Westmoreland County Detectives, law enforcement officers set out to canvas the neighborhood,” the DA said in a statement. “We are specifically asking the public and members of the community to cooperate with law enforcement, share home video surveillance, and provide any information that may be helpful to the investigation to the officers.

Ziccarelli said the boy was reported missing around 6 a.m. Wednesday on Haser Drive. This is near the East Ken Manor housing complex in New Kensington.

The boy was later found dead in a wooded area near a home. His identity has not been released.

Ziccarelli said the investigation is ongoing. No arrests or suspects have been announced.

The New Kensington-Arnold School District superintendent sent a letter to families Wednesday evening saying in part, “It is with a heavy heart that I share news that one of our elementary students passed away suddenly sometime this morning before school.”

The letter said the district has taken immediate steps to ensure that grief counselors and services are available to students and employees.

Click here to read the full letter from the district.

Ziccarelli also held a news conference on Wednesday evening at New Kensington City Hall.

“To our community at large, hold your children near, they are our most precious gifts. We will not rest until we determine what or who caused this child’s death,” Ziccarelli said.

Watch a full replay of the news conference in the video player above.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 spoke to a neighbor who found the boy. The neighbor was part of the search when the community heard he was missing.

“When I saw feet, right away I came and got the detectives. It just broke my heart,” Osie Taylor said.

Taylor said the boy was not wearing any shoes or socks. He said he could not tell if foul play was involved.

Although the DA has not released the identity of the boy, residents in the community said he is known as Azario.

They said he was an inspiration to the community as a cancer survivor.

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