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LIVE: Mother accused of killing son, 7, and leaving his body in Mountain Springs area arrested in Denver

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The mother accused of killing her son and leaving his body near a trail in the Mountain Springs area last month was arrested Tuesday morning in Denver, according to Las Vegas police.

LVMPD Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer is holding a joint news conference with the FBI to provide an update in this case Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. 8 News Now will stream this on our website and Facebook.

Police held a news conference Monday to alert the public of the nationwide search to find Samantha Moreno Rodriguez, 35.

During the briefing, LVMPD identified her son, known as John “Little Zion” Doe, as 7-year-old Liam Husted from San Jose. His body was found by hikers on May 28 off SR 160 near the Mountain Springs trailhead, between Las Vegas and Pahrump.

Picture of Liam Husted, 7, and his mother, Samantha Moreno Rodriguez, 35

A week after Liam's body was found, San Jose Police were alerted by a family friend of Rodriguez who said she had not seen the mother or son in over two weeks.

"On June 4, a friend of the family comes to the police department and makes us aware of this sketch in Las Vegas. She thinks that sketch looks like Liam," said a San Jose Police Department officer during a news conference on Tuesday.

Officers recalled the child's father contacting them on June 1, and a police report was filed.

What the father and police didn't know was that Liam's body had been found four days earlier in Nevada.

WATCH BELOW: San Jose PD News Conference

SJPD reached out to LVMPD saying they had a missing child who they believed could be the boy found in Mountain Springs. Authorities say DNA from Liam's pillow and clothing matched that of the boy found last month.

"We really want to share and extend our condolences to the father of Liam. As parents, none of us ever want to go through something like this," the San Jose police officer said.

Timeline of events:

  • May 24: Liam was last seen in San Jose
  • May 24: Rodriguez and Liam reportedly left California in a 2007 dark blue Dodge Caliber
  • May 26: The two were spotted in Laguna Beach, followed by Victorville, California
  • May 28: Liam's body discovered by hikers in Mountain Springs area
  • May 29: Rodriguez' vehicle was seen traveling on Interstate 70 near Grand Junction, Colorado
  • May 31: Rodriguez last seen at a Denver-area hotel room on May 31, where police said she checked in alone
  • June 1: Liam Husted's father calls San Jose police to report Liam and Rodriguez missing
  • June 4: Family friend takes Las Vegas sketch of boy to San Jose Police Dept. and says it looks like Liam who she hasn't seen recently
  • June 7: LVMPD alert public of search for Rodriguez; issue arrest warrant for open murder
  • June 8: Rodriguez arrested in Denver

Rodriguez was arrested by Denver Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force led by the FBI, according to police.

She will be booked into a Denver-area jail for one count of open murder pending extradition to Las Vegas, police noted.

On the morning of June 8, 2021, Samantha Moreno Rodriguez, 35, was arrested in Denver, Colorado by the Denver Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force led by the @FBIDenver. She will be booked into an area jail pending extradition to Las Vegas.#BREAKING @FBILasVegas #LasVegas pic.twitter.com/lC0SmGF68x

— LVMPD (@LVMPD) June 8, 2021

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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