The Unidentifed, Part Three: Young Boys Who Need Their Names Back

In the first two articles in this series, the cases featured were those of unidentifed girls. But there are just as many boys who need their names back. The next two articles in the series will be about those boys without names. Four of them are featured below.

The naked body of a boy was found in Massey Creek, near an I-95 exit in Southern Fairfax County, Virginia on on June 13, 1972. He hd been beaten to death earlier that day. The boy was a black male, 3 to 6 years old, with black hair and brown eyes. There was evidence of past physical abuse. A printable poster about this boy’s case is here. If this boy sounds familiar to you, contact the Northern District ME Office at 703-530-2600 about case number NV-144-72.

On July 11, 1963, a man fishing at Kenne Creek Reservoir along Highway 66 in the mountains east of Ashland, Oregon, hooked what he thought was a blanket bundle. It turned out to be the remains of an unidentifed boy, which had been bundled in two blankets and wrapped with wire. The boy was a white male, about 1 to 2 years olfd, who had long sandy blond to light brown hair. He had characteristics of Down syndrome and may have had a developmental delay or suffered from a genetic abnormality. The boy was wearing a red long-sleeved pullover shirt with thin white stripes, gray corduroy pants, a cloth diaper fastened with blue diaper pins and covered with plastic pants, anklet socks, and white walker or learner shoes known as Jumping Jacks. The boy was estimated to have died after October 1962, and the cause of death is unknown. The blankets he was wrapped in were an aqua blanket and a handmade quilt made from red gingham. A printable poster about this boy’s case is here. If this boy sounds familiar to you, contact the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office at 971-673-8220 about case number 08-14146.

The body of an unidentified boy was found in a shallow grave along Glendora Mountain Road in the San Gabriel Mountains in San Dimas, California on October 2, 1979. Initially the remains were thought to be that of a girl, but DNA testing proved the child was a boy. The boy was a hispanic male, 3 to 8 years old, with dark brown or black hair that was about an inch long. He had been deceased for about two weeks before being discovered, and the case is being investigated as a homicide. A printable poster about this boy’s case is here. If this boy sounds familiar to you, contact the Los Angeles County Coroner at 323-343-0512 about case number U970018160/79-12324.

On March 3, 1999 the body of a infant boy was found on Canady Pond Road, Cumberland County, North Carolina. He was wrapped in a Drum Limer trash bag, and had either been thrown from a vehicle or fallen in the bag from a vehicle. The boy was a white or Native American male, and had been born that day or the day prior. He had dark hair. The cause of death was severe blunt force trauma to the head, chest, abdomen and pelvic area. The trauma was believed to have been inflicted before the boy was thrown from a car. A hair from his mother was recovered from the bag. If this boy sounds familiar to you, contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-677-5490 about case number 1999-03101.

If you know the name of any boy featured here or have any information about those cases but wish to remain anonymous, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.

[Images via NCMEC/Namus/Doe Network]