Part Four: More Unidentified Boys Of The United States
This is the last part of the series about the unidentified children in the United States. Like the last part, this one will show you four cases of unidentified boys in the United States that need their names back. Please take a good look to see if any of them are familiar to you.
An unidentified boy was found near a billboard sign along Industrial Drive. He was a white or hispanic male, 10 to 11 years old, with dark brown hair, sealant on some of his teeth, and prominent canines. He was wearing Khaki Fox Polo Club shorts, white tube socks, white brief underwear, and black and white 2XS Sports athletic shoes with little to no wear. The cause of death is unknown; there were no signs of trauma to the body. He might have been the child of migrant workers (sealant is commonly used on their teeth) and may have not been from the United States. A printable poster about this boy’s case is here. If this boy sounds familiar to you, contact the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at 919-966-2253 about case number U174662253/98-6796.
On February 26, 1999, the skeletal remains of an unidentified boy were discovered in a wooded area in a cemetery located off Clifton Springs Road in Dekalb County, Georgia. The boy was a black male, 5 to 7 years old, with black hair and wide gaps in his front teeth. He wore a long-sleeved-hooded pullover shirt made of two different materials (the body of the shirt was a blue plaid material, while the sleeves and the hood were a dark blue thermal), red jeans, and brand new Timberland boots. A cause of death couldn’t be determined. A printable poster about this boy’s case is here. If this boy sounds familiar to you, contact the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office at 404-508-3500 about case number U840000919/999D-0259-G.
A living male infant was located in Little Ferry, New Jersey, on January 24, 2003. He had been left at a baby-sitter’s home by a woman claiming to be his mother, but the woman did not return. He is an Asian male, who was 4 to 5 months old when abandoned, with black hair, brown eyes, and has Down syndrome. His mother may have been Korean, either native to Korea or Korean-born in the United States. If this boy sounds familiar to you, contact the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-646-2422 about case number U020004035.
An unidentifed boy was found floating in a pond near Indian Lake Road in Volusia County, Florida, on May 7, 1972. The boy was a white male, 11 to 14 years old, with dark brown wavy hair, a shaved pubic area, a benign tumor of the bone in his left leg, and a congenital condition where the bones in his feet fused together. He was wearing a blue denim jacket, a red and white short-sleeved striped shirt, grey tweed pants, brown dress socks, and one black loafer dress shoe. A black leather wallet with paint flecks on it was found in his pocket. He had been dead for about three days. His body showed signs of violent trauma and 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 Volusia County Medical Examiner’s Office at 386-258-4060 about case number U950028252/1972-0087.
While the list may seem grim, many cases of unidentified boys in the United States have been solved, even years later. A boy found in a bag in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 27, 1994 was identified in 2005 as Jerell Willis. (Famous United States forensic artist Frank Bender did a facial reconstruction that led to the break in the case.)
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. If you are outside the United States please call 1-703-224-2150.