Found: Sep 25, 1998
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
Weight: 50 lbs (23 kg)
The child's body was found along Industrial Drive near Mebane, NC on September 25, 1998. The boy was estimated to be between 10 and 11 years of age. He was wearing "Fox Polo Club" brand khaki shorts, size 3 "2XS Sports" brand black and white athletic shoes, and white tube socks. He had sealant on the surfaces of some of his teeth. The above image is a computer-assisted facial reconstruction done by a forensic artist at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Items such as eye color and hair style are the artist's estimations to complete the image, and should not be considered as significant markers for identification.
How could it possibly be that this child's body was found so many years ago and no one has come forward to claim him? I don't understand the thought process of that. This child was from somewhere, he had parents, friends, a school he attended, neighbors who would see him play in the yard.
Then to disappear and no one asks questions, no one mentions to the police that something seems to be amiss? No questions asked from school officials or anyone? What's wrong that somewhere along the way the signs were ignored.
It seems to me we live in a nation of people who do not pay enough attention to these signs which seems to allow these kind of terrible horrific acts I have read article after article about missing children and looked over studies done about missing children. The statistics are totally unbelievable to me. The amount of missing children over the years escalates whether they are family abductions or not.
I'm positive the cross matches have been checked with reported missing children and all of the right tests have shown conclusive information that this is not a child anyone has come forward claiming they are missing or it could be the facts were not checked into on public concerns, though there has certainly got to be a person or person's who knew this child in some capacity who has come forward only to be ignored or brushed off.
The sad truth is there the crime rate overall has escalated to the point that there is just not adequate staff to provide the proper resources to figure it out, Dropped in a section of cold case files until a new lead comes up. However, thank god the channels that are open to research missing children have grown over the years.
In one state research was done by posting a photo of a model child all over a community mall and the the model child was placed on a bench all by themselves and watched to see who would stop. The sad conclusion was that 3 people out of 100 stopped to ask the child why she was sitting there alone.
It's sad when our lives become so involved that we can't even pay attention to the little ones and whats going on. It seems the only children missing that get a lot of exposure on television are the only ones people seem to care about.
In reality we all care, it is a devastating situation for everyone except the molesters and murderers. I urge you to take that extra glance at any child you see wondering alone, sitting alone and notice who may be with a child that doesn't seem happy or well cared for.
Take time to visit the missing children sites and see who is missing, just by looking you may save a life. For this child it is way to late, I only hope that someone, somewhere, someday will see his photo and recognize who he is. I would like to see the day when responsible thug goes to jail for this. This child deserves justice so he may rest in peace.