The 65-year-old "Boy in the Box" case in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, has finally found out the name of the deceased.
[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] On February 25, 1957, a 4-year-old boy was found in a woods in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was malnourished and beaten to death. He was wrapped in a blanket and put in a cradle. and cardboard boxes, so it is called "the boy in the box".
Since then, the identity of the deceased and the murderer have not been identified for more than 65 years, but the Philadelphia police announced on the 8th local time that the boy's name had been confirmed, and he was no longer "American Son of the Unknown".
According to the "Associated Press", Philadelphia Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said at a press conference that the boy's name was Joseph Augustus Zarelli, and his murder was the longest unsolved homicide in Philadelphia history. , the authorities hope to get more clues by publishing his name.
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It is understood that after Zarelli’s body was discovered that year, leaflets with his photo were posted all over the streets of Philadelphia. Investigators followed up hundreds of clues, but whether it was Hungarian refugees, kidnapped boys, various missing children, suspicious The foster family, the mother who claimed to have killed her child, and other notifications could not be linked to the case.
The boy's body was first buried in a poor grave. The coffins were opened in 1998 and 2019 to collect samples for DNA testing. Recently, the boy's mother was finally found through genetic genealogy, and Zarelli's birth certificate and father's identity were found out along the lines.
The Philadelphia Police Department said it will be an uphill battle to figure out who caused Zarelli's death, but the police will do their best to try.
Zarelli is currently buried under a cherry tree in Philadelphia's Ivy Hill Cemetery, and each year a spontaneous memorial service is held where his body is found, often with flowers and Christmas ornaments and toys in December .