Boy found in a box

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The Boy in the Box: The Unsolved Case Of Americas Unknown Child by David Stout

On February 25, 1957, the nude, badly bruised body of a young boy was found in a cardboard box in trash-strewn woods of north Philadelphia. Posters of the “Boy in the Box” soon dotted the city and police stations nationwide—to no avail. In November 1998 the remains were exhumed for DNA analysis, and the boy was reburied as “America’s Unknown Child.”


This is a  riveting true account of the infamous child-murder mystery that has gripped Philadelphia and all of America for more than 50 years.
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Boy in the Box (Philadelphia)

Tragically, a post-mortem revealed that the child was likely to have been physically abused, as he was covered in bruises and scars. Tests on his body revealed that he was suffering from malnourishment, suggesting he could have been a victim of abuse. As well as fresh bruises, surgical scars were found on different areas of the body, including the ankle and groin. After the grisly finding was reported to the police by a member of the public, officers went to investigate the scene. The case was widely reported in The Philadelphia Inquirer released over , flyers appealing for information, all with an image of what the boy looked like. As the police struggled to find any leads, they decided to release a post-mortem photograph of the boy, who they dressed and posed in a sitting position. This year, facial recognition software was applied to get a sense of what the victim would have looked like.

Police in Buffalo, New York, have two mysteries on their hands — and they may be tragically related. Jeff Rinaldo of the Buffalo Police Department. Photos of the child shared by news outlets were seen in Florida by two women identifying themselves as his grandmothers. One of the women, Zenaida Colon, flew to Buffalo and tried to claim the boy, but he remains in the custody of Child Protective Services. He was always with them. They were great parents, they come from good families.

The "Boy in the Box" is the name given to an unidentified murder victim , a 4 to 5-year-old boy, whose naked, battered body was found in a bassinet box in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , on February 25, He is also commonly called " America's Unknown Child.
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5 thoughts on “The Boy in the Box: The Unsolved Case Of Americas Unknown Child by David Stout

  1. Wikimedia Commons The boy in the box, depicted on a flyer sent out to residents of surrounding towns.

  2. In , law enforcement made a discovery that shocked Philadelphia: the battered body of a young boy, stuffed inside a cardboard box and dumped by the side of a road just outside of the city.

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