If you haven’t already heard, last week the police announced they’d finally identified the Boy in the Box, a young boy aged approximately three or seven years old whose naked, malnourished, beaten body was found in a cardboard box in the woods in Philadelphia back in 1957.
I didn’t think they’d ever be able to put a name to him, frankly, though I know they have tried very hard over the years. But genetic genealogy has been a game-changer for so many cold cases and apparently this was one of them.
They will be announcing the child’s name at a press conference scheduled for 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.
I’m not sure why they’re waiting to announce his name. Maybe there’s a suspect who’s still alive and they’re trying to track that person down before they make the announcement? Or maybe they’re trying to locate and notify next of kin? Word is he came from a “prominent” family, whatever that means.
I’m so happy that they’ve been able to find out his name. I know many people from law enforcement and from the wider community have worked so hard on this case over the past 65 years.
Holy crap! Bless his heart, I’m in tears knowing this and that he can be laid to rest. Xoxo
This is fantastic news, I always wondered if genetic genealogy would give him back his name.
R.I.P. Joseph Augustus Zarelli
Was Joseph ever reported missing?
Not that I could find, however it is possible he was reported missing and then that report was lost
Surely a murder arrest will follow some time in the future? This technology could potentially identify every John and Jane Doe out there as well as solve some of the most well know mysteries, for example the identities of D B Cooper and the Zodiac Killer. Well done to all those involved in identifying JAZ, I hope to read similar stories in the future of this technology giving grieving families some kind of closure.
There’s a good chance just due to the passage of time, that whoever killed Joseph Zarelli has since died.
Authorities are declining to identify the parents, both deceased. Are they the suspects?
He was from West Philadelphia and was never reported missing:
I wonder if this guy was Joseph’s Dad? Augustus is an unusual name:
If you look up that name in Find A Grave, there is a notice about him ….. look it up…. interesting, hmmmmm