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Detectives closer to cracking ‘Boy in the Box' cold case mystery


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The city’s most infamous cold case, the 1957 murder of an unidentified child in Northeast Philadelphia deemed “Boy in the Box,” has a major development.

NBC10 reporter Claudia Vargas talked to Philadelphia’s homicide detective about the break in the case.

Video at https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/philly-detectives-closer-to-cracking-boy-in-the-box-cold-case-mystery/3398816/

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Investigators have finally worked out who the boy at the centre of one of America's most infamous unidentified person cases is, some 65 years after 'The Boy in the Box' case came to light.

A child was found murdered, stuffed in a box and abandoned in Philadelphia decades ago.

On Wednesday, for the first time, the Philadelphia Police Department said they have uncovered the boy's name, CBS Philadelphia reported, noting that charges could still be filed.

https://www.joe.co.uk/news/americas-unknown-child-identified-solving-mystery-after-65-years-369351

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It will be wonderful to see this boy get his name back. And even better if the person(s) who did this are also identified and prosecuted. 

https://6abc.com/philadelphia-cold-case-boy-in-the-box-unsolved-murder-susquehanna-road/12513069/

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Hopefully finding out who he was can lead to the identity of his killer. This is one of those cases that I never thought would be solved. It's nice to see it finally moving forward 

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I'm so glad that he finally has a name. HOWEVER< after all this time though  his killer or killers, are most likely dead. They would probably be in their 80s or 90s by now IF still alive. We don't know how old his guardians or family (parents) were at the time this all happended.

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https://6abc.com/boy-in-the-box-identified-philadelphia-cold-case-watch-news-conference-live-name/12544392/

Joseph Augustus Zarelli was born on January 13, 1953, and is believed to be from West Philadelphia.

 

Police said both of Joseph's parents are dead, but he has living relatives.

"Joseph has a number of siblings on both the mother and father side who are living and it's out of respect for them that their parents' information remain confidential," Smith said.

Smith also said Thursday police do not know who is responsible for the child's death.

"We have our suspicions as to who may be responsible but it would be irresponsible of me to share these suspicious as this remains an ongoing and active criminal investigation," he said.

The case still remains unsolved. There is a $20,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of a suspect in this case.

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The internal links to the press conference aren't running for me in the ABC 6 link above. Here's their video of the press conference as it was aired this morning. This is very informative about the whole history of the case from the time Joseph was found in 1957 and the investigation through time. It's told by the people who handled it including the ME's office. His name will now be put on his gravestone.

 

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Joseph now has a new headstone with his name on it. It was dedicated today on what would have been his 70th birthday.

https://6abc.com/boy-in-the-box-joseph-augustus-zarelli-new-headstone-ivy-hill-cemetery/12697849/

The picture in this link makes it easier to read the inscription on the stone. Other pictures in here also.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11633067/Philadelphias-Boy-Box-FINALLY-gets-headstone-engraved-name.html

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