Hunt for ‘killer’ mom Samantha Moreno Rodriguez after son, 7, found dead on hiking trail near Las Vegas

A NATIONWIDE hunt is underway for a woman accused of killing her son after his body was found on a hiking trail near Las Vegas last month.

Cops said Liam Husted, seven, left San Jose, CA with mom Samantha Moreno Rodriguez, 35, on May 24 – just four days before his body was found.


The boy was discovered on May 28 by a person hiking in the Mountain Springs area – around 30 miles southwest of Las Vegas, cops said.

Rodriguez is accused of killing her son and a nationwide hunt is underway.

It's reported that the FBI is also assisting in the search.

Cops said Liam and his mom left San Jose on May 24 in a dark blue Dodge Caliber sedan and were later seen in southern California, NBC News reports.

Lt Ray Spencer, of Las Vegas police, said the back seat of the vehicle was "packed full of belongings".

Just days later, a hiker found Liam's body behind a bush at a trailhead off the main highway between Las Vegas and Pahrump.

It's reported that police were tipped off by a family friend who had not seen Rodriguez or Liam for more than a week.

Cops did not say how the boy died but confirmed Liam's father is not a suspect in the case.

Police believe the mom and her son traveled to the cities of Laguna Beach and Victorville on May 26 but cops are trying to determine where they stayed.

The car was then seen near Grand Junction, Colorado on May 29, according to reports.

It’s reported that Liam’s mother was last seen in Denver where she checked herself into a hotel on May 31.

Anyone with information can contact the Las Vegas Police Department's homicide tip number on 702-828-3521. The investigation remains ongoing.

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