I was going to blog about this earlier but I forgot: I heard from a distant relative of Mary Agnes Moroney a few days ago. She said the picture I currently have posted on Charley is NOT a picture of Mary Moroney, but rather one of Mary McClelland. McClelland believed she was Mary Moroney and had a well-publicized “reunion” with the Moroney family in the 1950s, but according to the relative, recent DNA tests have determined that she wasn’t really the missing baby.
The picture thing put me in a bit of a conundrum, since I’m not supposed to have Charley Project casefiles with no picture on them. I decided to leave it up for now, because the relative promises to send me pictures of the real Mary, and one baby looks much like any other.
The relative is trying to get the press interested in Mary’s case again — all press coverage pretty much stopped in 1952, when the case was “solved” with Mary McClelland’s appearance. I think it would be a great human interest news story. It’s solvable I think, even at this late date. There’s no indication that Mary Moroney came to harm and every possibility that she’s still alive. She would be 81 today, but plenty of women live to be that old. My grandma was 87 when she died.