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Philadelphia Finally Uncover the Name of The Boy in the Box

Larry Lease
Philadelphia police have finally identified the name of the "Boy in the Box."Photo byScott Rodgerson/UnsplashonUnsplash

The murder mystery that gripped Philadelphia for 65 years has been solved. The infamous "The Boy in the Box," now has been identified. CBS 3 reports that decades ago, a child was found murdered, stuffed in a box, and abandoned in Philadelphia. Now the Philadelphia Police Department officially identified the boy's name. The city is happy to finally have a name on that stone. One local, Linda Tamburri, told CBS that she's happy to see the little boy's name on the stone.

Those at the Ivy Hill cemetery were emotional when they learned that Philadelphia police finally had a name for "The Boy in the Box." Many community members have cared for him and his resting place like it was their own child. Dave Drysdale is the cemetery secretary and treasurer and said it's wonderful th boy has a name now and told CBS 3:

"I just wish that the police officers and all the people involved who long passed away were still here to see it because that was one of their goals and a couple of them said 'I hope they live long enough to see a name put on there."

Drysdale was working at the cemetery in 1998 when the boy's remains were moved to Ivy Hill from Potter's Field. He's still surprised the police finally have a name. The police discovered the boy's name after years of DNA analysis. The body was found discarded along Susquehanna Road in a box in February 1957. CBS 3 reports that retired Det. Sgt. Bob Kuhlmeier said in 2021, that the child appeared cleaned and freshly groomed with a haircut.

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