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Kidnapped child's body found

BELLEVUE, Neb. -- Two hunters Monday found the stabbed and snow-covered body of 12-year-old Christopher Walden, missing since he was abducted from a city street on his way to school Friday.

Sarpy County Sheriff Pat Thomas and the FBI Monday night identified the body as that of Christopher, the only child of Air Force Lt. Col. and Mrs. Steven Walden.

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'The thing we all dreaded has occurred,' said FBI spokesman Chuck Wiley.

'I think the person who did this is very sick, spineless and a coward,' Thomassaid.

Wiley said the body, partially covered with snow and found near a wooded area off a dirt road, had 'multiple stab wounds.'

'We have witnesses from the morning of the abduction,' Wiley said. 'They say it occurred on a street while he was going to school. One of the witnesses said the suspect may have had something in his hand.'

The FBI Monday night released a composite drawing of the suspect.

Wiley said the suspect was possibly armed, a white male with a dark complexion, 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10 and 160 pounds. The suspect last was seen wearing a dark colored stocking cap, wool plaid jacket and gloves.

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Officers cordoned off the crime scene, which Wiley described as 'out in the middle of nowhere.'

Wiley said Walden's body was 'dumped' by his assailant.

Earlier Monday, authorities established a special telephone number for information on Walden's disappearance or on the unsolved September slaying of Bellevue newspaper carrier Danny Joe Eberle, 13, found stabbed to death in a field south of Bellevue.

Wiley earlier said the two investigations were unrelated but following the finding of Waldren's body he declined comment on that matter.

Walden's disappearance prompted massive searches by volunteers and law officers Friday night and Saturday. It also prompted some area schools to review their policies on reporting absent students to parents.

Officials at the Pawnee School, about 13 blocks from Walden's home in a housing development, did not telephone Walden's parent Friday after he failed to appear for classes.

Mrs. Walden later became concerned and determined her son was missing.

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