Philadelphia cold case update: Philadelphia police to reveal update on ‘Boy in the Box’ case

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Philadelphia investigators will provide an update on one of the city’s most famous unsolved mysteries on Thursday.

Police say through detective work and DNA analysis, officers have finally identified the child known as the “boy in the box.”

The little boy’s body was found in a crate on the side of Susquehanna Road in Fox Chase in 1957. The boy was naked, malnourished and mortally beaten.

His remains had never been identified before. The case remains Philadelphia’s oldest unsolved murder.

Dave Drysdale never got it out of his head. The tombstone that reads “America’s Unknown Child” is in front of his office in Ivy Hill Cemetery.

“I just wish some of the oldtimers were still here to see that because I know they’ve been hoping for that day,” Drysdale said.

Detective Tom Augustine died in October. He was a pallbearer who carried the unidentified boy to his new gravesite in 1998.

Augustine exhumed the body from the potter’s field for DNA collection and proper burial.

Action News spoke to his grandson, Matthew Braxton.

“We grew up with these posters plastered around his office, around his house. We grew up knowing who that was at a very young age. It was a big part of not just his life, but our lives. So it’s sort of a closure for us too,” Braxton said.

The case was picked up by the Vidocq Society, made up of some of the world’s top investigators.

Ivy Hill Cemetery says it’s ready to engrave the headstone with a name and give some dignity back to this little kid.

A new conference on the case is scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m.

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