Boy in the Box 1957
Bruised, Nude Boy Found in PHILADELPHIA (UP) Police sought today to determine the identity identity of a boy,, about four to six years old, whose nude, bruised body was found in a large cardboard box in a patch of weeds in Northeast Philadelphia. Investigators said after the body was found Tuesday that no child bearing his description had been reported missing. They theorized the body might have been transported transported here from another area. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Joseph Joseph W. Spelman said Tuesday night after conducting an autopsy that the boy's, death "is definitely due to homicide, and that is all I can say at this time.'' . Spelman added that he did not want to state the medical cause of death until laboratory tests which may take two weeks have been Body of Little Cardboard Box completed. Police said the youngster was dead for at least two days. His face, stomach and legs were bruised. The victim weighed about 35 pounds, was blue - eyed and had dark brown hair cut in crew style. The body1 was found after Fred Benonis, 26, a junior at LaSalle College here, telephoned police and said he had seen a cardboard box containing'what might have been a "large doll" in some underbrush Monday. Benonis told police he thought no piore of the liox until he read in the newspapers of the disappearance disappearance of a three - year - old girl, Mary Jane' Barker, in Bellmawr, N. J. He then notified police and they began a search of the area where he had seen the "doll."