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The "Boy in the Box"

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Tonight JennyNJerry Boone, Founders of the MissingNMurdered group and I will be talking about this almost 56-year-old case that has been known as the "Boy in the Box". He is also sometimes called "America's Unknown Child".

The "Boy in the Box is an unidentified murder victim approximately 4 to 6 years old. His naked and battered body was found in a cardboard box in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 25, 1957. 

The boy's body, wrapped in a plaid blanket, was inside a cardboard box that once contained a baby's bassinet from J.C. Penney. The body was first found by a young man checking his muskrat traps. Fearing that the police would confiscate his traps, he did not report the matter. A few days later, a college student spotted a rabbit running into the underbrush. Knowing there were animal traps in the area, he stopped his car to investigate and discovered the body. He too was reluctant to have any contact with the police, but did report his find the following day.

The case attracted massive media attention in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, with pictures of the boy even being placed in every gas bill in Philadelphia. However, despite the huge publicity at the time and sporadic re-interest throughout the years, the case remains unsolved to this day, and the boy's identity is still unknown.

The story has been profiled on the television series America's Most Wanted. The television series Cold Case, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Law & Order: SVU have all used fictionalized accounts of the story as the basis for episodes. 

Info from WikiPedia