Boy found dead in NY in 1976 may have spent time in the Northwest

SPOKANE, Wash. – Police in New York believe a child, whose remains were found back in 1976, may have spent some of his life in the Northwest.

The Greece Police Department in Greece, New York are asking for help identifying the child.

The child’s remains were found inside a blue metal storage trunk in the basement of an apartment in Greece on March 9, 1976, according to officials from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Officials said DNA tests confirmed the child was male.

Investigators said they did isotope testing on the remains which helped them learn the boy may not have been local to the New York area. They believe he likely spent the first years in the Northwest and the last years of his life in the Southeast. 

Authorities said the boy had brown hair and was wearing a light blue pajama top with a deer design on the left chest. He was also wearing a plastic diaper that was fastened with two stainless steel diaper pins, according to police.

Officials said he had a prominent bulge to the back-left part of his skull. They do not know what caused it but believe this means he could not walk and had developmental deficiencies. NCMEC has also released a facial reconstruction showing how the child may have looked.

Anyone with information should call NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST.

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